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[Full-disclosure] iDefense Security Advisory 01.13.09: Oracle Secure Backup Administration Server login.php Command Injection Vulnerability

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Date: Tue Jan 13 2009 - 23:36:10 GMT
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iDefense Security Advisory 01.13.09
http://labs.idefense.com/intelligence/vulnerabilities/ Jan 13, 2009

I. BACKGROUND Oracle Secure Backup is a network backup system for Oracle Databases. For more information, see:


II. DESCRIPTION Remote exploitation of an input validation vulnerability in the authentication component of Oracle Corp.'s Secure Backup Administration Server could allow an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary commands in the context of the running server.

The vulnerability is in a function of common.php which is called from the login.php page. The script fails to sanitize the input when verifying the user has permission to use the service.

III. ANALYSIS Successful exploitation allows an attacker to gain complete control over an affected system. Because the the Administration Server runs as an unprivileged user, commands will be executed as that user. Under the Linux (and possibly other) installations many files are installed world writable. These include the configuration file for the Apache web-server that the Administration Server is built on. This server starts as the root user and changes to a user specified by the configuration files. Since these files are writable by the user it may be possible for them to gain access to the root user account. Other configuration and executable files are also able to be changed.

IV. DETECTION Oracle Corp.'s Secure Backup version for Linux has been confirmed vulnerable. Other versions and other platforms may also be affected.

V. WORKAROUND Block access to the httpd interface of vulnerable servers Remove write access for 'other' users to all files. The following command will recursively change the permissions to remove write permission to 'other'.

chmod -R o-w directory/

This may prevent some aspects of the system from functioning correctly.

VI. VENDOR RESPONSE Oracle has released a patch which addresses this issue. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL.


VII. CVE INFORMATION The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2008-5449 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.

VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE 03/08/2007 Initial Vendor Notification 03/08/2007 Initial Vendor Reply 11/24/2008 Additional Vendor Feedback 01/13/2009 Coordinated Public Disclosure

IX. CREDIT The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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X. LEGAL NOTICES Copyright 2009 iDefense, Inc.

Permission is granted for the redistribution of this alert electronically. It may not be edited in any way without the express written consent of iDefense. If you wish to reprint the whole or any part of this alert in any other medium other than electronically, please e-mail customerservice@idefense.com for permission.

Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition.  There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on, this information.

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