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34 Oracle Security Flaws Just Discovered
August 5, 2004

Don Burleson reports on the discovery of more than 30 flaws in Oracle, which allows unauthorized database entry.  http://www.dba-oracle.com/oracle_tips_pl_sql_secuity_alert.htm

Don writes,

"According to a Wall Street Journal report by ZDNet, a British firm has identified more than 30 flaws in Oracle that will allow unauthorized entry into the database:

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/security/0,39020375,39162536,00.htm

Evidently, the problems relate to a PL/SQL security issue:

"According to the WSJ, Litchfield found problems in the PL/SQL code, which is used by custom applications to communicate with the database. If this code is flawed, administrators may be required to modify all their applications in order to properly secure them."

David Litchfield, discoverer of the problem said in the Wall Street Journal: 'If they can get access they can own it and the data on it,' .

"Oracle is keeping quiet about allegations that its ubiquitous database has at least 30 security vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to compromise the confidentiality of virtually all financial transactions."

“James Governor, principal analyst at RedMonk, said the flaw could cause a lot of problems for database administrators as Oracle will not be able to simply issue a patch because of the nature of the problem.”

"If this is going to affect PL/SQL code, there is an awful lot of home-grown PL/SQL code out there -- it's not a packaged application that Oracle can patch," said Governor."

To read more, check out Don's informative article.
 


 

 

 
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