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Oracle says Litchfield workaround is dangerous

However, Oracle Corporation does not agree and claims that Litchfield’s workaround is dangerous:

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/012706-oracle-security.html?page=1

“Oracle is warning its customers not to use a workaround written by David Litchfield for a security vulnerability, saying the suggested workaround could break its software. Litchfield, managing director of Next Generation Security Software Ltd. in Sutton, England, said he posted the fix on the BugTraq mailing list on Wednesday after warning Oracle about the dangers the vulnerability posed.  Oracle was notified of the workaround before it was released, but has found it "inadequate," said Duncan Harris, Oracle's senior director of security assurance. It will break a large number of E-Business Suite applications, he said.

"We know it will break a number of Oracle products higher in the stack than the Oracle Application Server that the vulnerability exists in," Harris said.”

Oracle goes on to criticize these security advisors, claiming that they actually perform a disservice to the Oracle community by exploiting the internals of vulnerabilities and Oracle rootkits:

"By just revealing what he has in this workaround, it definitely is a very strong starting point for any malicious hacker... to try and understand the vulnerability and produce an exploit," Harris said. "Yes, we are clearly disappointed that he felt the need to say anything about this vulnerability before we had a patch available."

 


 

 
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