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Security Vulnerabilities in Oracle Web Cache

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
March 24, 2004
John Garmany

2008 Update - For a complete treatment of the topic of Oracle security on the web, see these books and resources:

On March 12th, Oracle released an alert  detailing vulnerabilities in the Oracle web Cache. 

Versions affected are:

Oracle Application Server Web Cache 10g (
Oracle9iAS Web Cache
Oracle9iAS Web Cache
Oracle9iAS Web Cache


All operating systems are affected.  Versions of Oracle Application Server 10g pending release (Windows, etc) will contain the fix when the production version is released.

Also affected is the Oracle E-Business Suite 11i if it is utilizing the Oracle Web Cache. 


Oracle is not releasing detail on how to exploit this vulnderability but they are saying that the severity is high and recommending all Web Cache users apply the patch when available.  Because the users connect directly to the Web Cache to process request, firewalls will not protect against this problem.

The details can be found at the below link:

The vulnerability only extends to the Oracle Web Cache.  Those systems that  by pass the Web Cache and connect directly to OHS are not affected.

A check of the patch availability on MOSC showed that the patch is currently not available for download but should be available soon. 


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