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Oracle utl_file server directory vulnerability discovered

Pete Finnigan ( has discovered an important vulnerability for Oracle database that access directory-based objects (e.g. PL/SQL reads and writes to files, BFILE object access):




  fHandler := UTL_FILE.FOPEN('MYDIR', 'myfile', 'w');

  Exec UTL_FILE.PUTF(fHandler, 'We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto\n');




Finnigan accesses the risks, offers a checking script, and points to the MOSC patch:


Any existing DIRECTORY object that can be accessed presents a potential risk. Read privileges on a DIRECTORY object are required to exploit this issue.


If no directory objects exist that can be accessed then the problem can be minimised. Review existing directory objects and their access privileges in the database. A good script is which can be used to ascertain which users can access directory objects. Revoke read access privileges from these objects and also ensure no users have DIRECTORY object creation or alteration system privileges.

Patch information

We advise customers of Oracle to apply the patches listed in the CPU – January 2005 advisory as soon as possible. Please see MOSC document ID 293737.1 at


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