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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2000.310 -- Internet Security Systems Security Advisory
Vulnerability in the Oracle Listener Program
27 October 2000
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Oracle Listener 7.3.4, 8.0.6, and 8.1.6
Impact: Create Arbitrary Files
Modify Arbitrary Files
Access Required: Remote
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Internet Security Systems Security Advisory
October 25, 2000
Vulnerability in the Oracle Listener Program
Internet Security Systems (ISS) X-Force has discovered a vulnerability
in the listener program in Oracle Enterprise Server. It is possible for
a remote attacker to gain access to the Oracle owner operating system
account and the Oracle database, and to execute code in various
Affected Products and Releases:
Oracle listener program releases 7.3.4, 8.0.6, and 8.1.6 on all
The Oracle listener program accepts remote commands from remote listener
controllers. If configured properly, a password is required to
authenticate a user before issuing a listener command. The default
Oracle installation does not allow a password for the listener program
to be indicated. If a password has not been set, the Oracle listener
program can be configured to append log information to a file. Due to a
problem with the SET TRC_FILE and SET LOG_FILE commands, these values
can be changed to any file name. This allows an attacker to create a new
file or corrupt an existing file.
The information logged by the listener program can be specified by an
attacker by sending a specially formed connect packet to the listener.
This logged information can be changed to include commands and escape
characters, allowing an attacker to gain access to an operating system
Oracle recommends that customers download the patches for this
vulnerability from Oracle's Worldwide Support Services website
http://metalink.oracle.com. Customers can reference generic bug number
1361722 filed against the listener program.
Customers will also find a security alert for this issue on the Oracle
Technology Network at the following URL:
ISS SAFEsuite security assessment software, Database Scanner, currently
determines if a password is indicated for the listener and how strong
the password is. An upcoming release of Database Scanner will be updated
to determine if the Oracle patch has been applied.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2000-0818 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Ben Layer and Aaron
Newman of Internet Security Systems. ISS would like to thank Oracle for
their response and handling of this vulnerability
About Internet Security Systems (ISS)
Internet Security Systems (ISS) (NASDAQ: ISSX) is the leading global
provider of security management solutions for the Internet. By combining
best of breed products, security management services, aggressive
research and development, and comprehensive educational and consulting
services, ISS is the trusted security advisor for thousands of
organizations around the world looking to protect their mission critical
information and networks.
Copyright (c) 2000 Internet Security Systems, Inc.
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