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Oracle slip-up?  Releasing details on un-fixed vulnerabilities?
 

Vendors were not happy that a premature publication about an un-fixed vulnerability in its popular Oracle database product was "inadvertently" released recently. 

In a message posted to the Full Disclosure mailing list, Alexander Kornburst, CEO and Business Director at Red Database Security, said that Jens Flasche informed him that on April 6 Oracle posted "details about an unfixed vulnerability and working test case" on its MOSC portal. The portal is used to provide customers with immediate access to technical support and product information.

Kornburst went on further to explain the vulnerability:

Kornbrust said the "working test case" equates to a usable exploit that affects all versions of Oracle Database from 9.2.0.0 to 10.2.0.3. The vulnerability is that a user with "SELECT Object Privilege" on base tables can delete rows from a view, and according to Kornbrust it might be possible to also insert and update data or escalate privileges. Oracle is working on a patch for the problem.

After noticing this information on MOSC Kornburst says, I informed [Oracle's security staff] that releasing such information on MOSC is not a wise idea. Oracle normally criticizes individuals and/or companies for releasing information about Oracle vulnerabilities [...] In this case, not only [did Oracle release] detailed information on the vulnerability they also included the working exploit code on [the MOSC site]."

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