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OracleDOS Attack Exposure

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
August 23, 2003
Don Burleson


Oracle has just announced a severity one alert for a weakness in the OracleXML Database feature (The XDB database).  The software allows a buffer overflow, which could be exploited by a hacker to capture an active session, and enter the Oracledatabase system.

A full patch is available for this exposure , and it is highly recommended that all customers using OracleRelease 2 with the XML database should IMMEDIATELY download and apply this patch if:

  • You are running Oraclerelease2

AND

  • You are running the XML database feature (XDB)

AND

  • Your database is connected to the Internet

Oracle Corporation credits David Litchfield, a noted Oracle DBA, for discovering this serious security exposure.  Here are the details from the patch alert:

http://MOSC.oracle.com/MOSC/plsql/ml2_documents.showFrameDocument?p_database_id=NOT&p_id=246202.1



 

 

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