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iDefense Security Advisory 07.15.08: Oracle Database Local Untrusted Library Path Vulnerability
Jul 15 2008 10:12PM
iDefense Labs (labs-no-reply idefense com)
iDefense Security Advisory 07.15.08
Jul 15, 2008
Oracle Database Server is a family of database products that range from
personal databases to enterprise solutions. Further information is
available at the following URL.
Local exploitation of an untrusted library path vulnerability in Oracle
Corp.'s Oracle Database product allows attackers to gain elevated
This vulnerability specifically exists in a set-uid root program
distributed with Oracle Database for Linux and Unix platforms. By
replacing a module owned by the oracle user, which is loaded by this
program, an attacker can execute arbitrary code as root.
Exploitation allows the attacker to gain root privilege. In order to
exploit the vulnerability, the attacker must have access to database
owner account, typically "oracle", or be a member of oracle
installation group, typically "oinstall".
iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Oracle 11g R1
version 188.8.131.52.0 on 32-bit Linux platform. Previous versions may also
In order to prevent exploitation, administrators can remove the set-uid
bit from the vulnerable program. However, doing so could impair the
functionality of the DBMS_SCHEDULER package.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Oracle Corp. has addressed this vulnerability with the release of their
July 2008 Critical Patch Update. For more information, visit the
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-2613 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
01/25/2008 Initial vendor notification
02/05/2008 Initial vendor response
07/15/2008 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Joxean Koret.
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