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Oracle Buffer Overflow in E_Business Suite (CIAC N-128)


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                             INFORMATION BULLETIN

                   Oracle Buffer Overflow in E-Business Suite
                           [Oracle Security Alert 56]

July 25, 2003 21:00 GMT                                           Number N-128
PROBLEM:       The FNDWRR CGI program is vulnerable to malformed requests that 
               may permit a knowledgeable and malicious user to cause the 
               FNDWRR executable to crash. 
SOFTWARE:      Oracle E-Busines Suite 11i, Release 1 through Release 8  
               Oracle Applications, All Releases 
DAMAGE:        May grant a user unauthorized access to Oracle E-Business 
SOLUTION:      Apply patch as stated in Oracle's security alert. 
VULNERABILITY  The risk is MEDIUM. A user must have HTTP access, as well as 
ASSESSMENT:    specialized knowledge to exploit this vulnerability over the 
               Internet to gain unauthorized access to Oracle E-Business 

[***** Start Oracle Security Alert 56 *****]

Oracle Security Alert 56
Dated: July 23, 2003
Severity: 1 

Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in Oracle E-Business Suite 

A potential security vulnerability has been discovered in Oracle E-Business Suite.
The FNDWRR CGI program is vulnerable to malformed requests that may permit a
knowledgeable and malicious user to cause the FNDWRR executable to crash.
However, this crash will neither result in a Denial of Service (DoS) against Oracle 
E-Business Suite, nor prevent the FNDWRR executable from reliably serving correctly
formed requests, but it may grant a user unauthorized access to Oracle E-Business

Products Affected

	• Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, Release 1 through Release 8
	• Oracle Applications, All Releases 

Platforms Affected
All platforms. 

Required conditions for exploit
User with HTTP access to a Web Server set up to spawn the FNDWRR CGI program. 

	Risk to exposure 

	Risk to exposure is high, as any user with HTTP access and specialized
	knowledge can exploit this vulnerability over the Internet to gain
	unauthorized access to Oracle E-Business Suite if the conditions mentioned
	above are met. 

	How to minimize risk 

	There are no workarounds that can directly address this potential
	security vulnerability, but a patch is available (see below). Oracle
	strongly recommends that customers follow best practices for Oracle
	E-Business Suite, Metalink note 189367.1 “Best Practices for Keeping
	Your E-Business Suite Secure” available at 

	Ramification for customer 

	Customers are vulnerable unless the patch is applied. 

	Oracle strongly recommends that customers review the severity rating
	for this Alert and patch accordingly. See
	for a definition of severity ratings. 

Patch Information
The patch enhances the robustness of the FNDWRR CGI program.

Fixed by 

Obtain and install the correct Mandatory Applications Security Patch
for your release of E-Business Suite: 

	• Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, Releases 1 through 8
	• Oracle Applications, All Releases 

Download this one-off patch from the Oracle Support Services web site, Metalink

1. Click on the Patches button.
2. Click on the "New Metalink Patch Search ".
   If you are not on the "Simple Search" screen, click on the "Simple Search" 
3. Input the bug number 2919943 on the "Search by Patch Number" box.
4. Click Go.
5. Select the patch for the appropriate product version.
6. Select the appropriate platform.
7. Click Download. 

Please review Metalink, or check with Oracle Support Services periodically for 
patch availability if the patch for your platform is unavailable. 

Oracle strongly recommends that you backup and comprehensively test the stability
of your system upon application of any patch prior to deleting any of the original
file(s) that are replaced by the patch. 

Patch Availability Matrix 

Platforms			Oracle E-Business		Oracle Applications, 
				    Suite 11i			    All Releases
				   Releases 1-8
Sun Solaris Intel (32-bit) 		N/A 				2919943 
Sun Solaris SPARC (32-bit) 		2919943 			2919943 
IBM AIX 4.3.3 and 5L (32-bit) 		2919943 			2919943 
MS Windows NT/2000/XP 			2919943 			2919943 
HP-UX (32-bit) 				2919943 			2919943 
HP Tru64 				2919943 			2919943 
LINUX 					2919943 			N/A 
SGI 32-bit UNIX 			N/A 				2919943

	N/A: The Oracle E-Business Suite Release/Version is not available for
	this platform. 

	Planned: The patch is not released yet. Future release (e.g. 11.5.9
	and higher) of the Oracle E-Business Suite will contain the fix by

Oracle Corporation thanks Stephen Kost of Integrigy Corporation for discovering 
and promptly bringing this potential security vulnerability to Oracle’s attention. 
The Integrigy alert is available at 

Modification History
23-JUL-03: Initial release, version 1 

[***** End Oracle Security Alert 56 *****]


CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Oracle Corporation for the 
information contained in this bulletin.

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