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Alert (TA06-018A)

Oracle Products Contain Multiple Vulnerabilities

Systems Affected

  • Oracle Database 10g
  • Oracle9i Database
  • Oracle8i Database
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control
  • Oracle Application Server 10g
  • Oracle9i Application Server
  • Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g
  • Oracle9i Collaboration Suite
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.0
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, OneWorld Tools
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal
  • Oracle Workflow

For more information regarding affected product versions, please see the Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2006.


Various Oracle products and components are affected by multiple vulnerabilities. The impacts of these vulnerabilities include remote execution of arbitrary code, information disclosure, and denial of service.


Oracle has released Critical Patch Update - January 2006. This update addresses more than eighty vulnerabilities in different Oracle products and components.

The Critical Patch Update provides information about affected components, access and authorization required, and the impact of the vulnerabilities on data confidentiality, integrity, and availability. For more information on terms used in the Critical Patch Update, Metalink customers should refer to MetaLink Note 293956.1.

According to Oracle, three of the vulnerabilities corrected un the Oracle Critical Patch Update for January 2006 affect Oracle Database Client-only installations.

US-CERT recommends that sites running Oracle review the Critical Patch Update, apply patches, and take other mitigating action as appropriate. US-CERT is tracking all of these issues under VU#545804. As further information becomes available, we will publish individual Vulnerability Notes.


The impact of these vulnerabilities varies depending on the product, component, and configuration of the system. Potential consequences include the execution of arbitrary code or commands, information disclosure, and denial of service. Vulnerable components are likely to be available to attackers via remote networks and with limited or no prior authorization. An attacker who compromises an Oracle database may be able to gain access to sensitive information.


Apply a patch

Apply the appropriate patches or upgrade as specified in the Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2006. Note that this Critical Patch Update only lists newly corrected issues. Updates to patches for previously known issues are not listed.

As noted in the update, some patches are cumulative, others are not:

The Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle Collaboration Suite, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and OneWorld Tools, and PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal Applications patches in the Updates are cumulative; each successive Critical Patch Update contains the fixes from the previous Critical Patch Updates.

Oracle E-Business Suite and Applications patches are not cumulative, so E-Business Suite and Applications customers should refer to previous Critical Patch Updates to identify previous fixes they wish to apply.

Appendix A. Vendor Information


Please see Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2006 and Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts.

Appendix B. References

  • Critical Patch Update - January 2006 ->
  • Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts ->
  • MetaLink Note 293956.1 ->
  • US-CERT Vulnerability Note VU#545804 ->
  • US-CERT Vulnerability Notes Related to Critical Patch Update - January 2006 ->
  • Map of Public Vulnerability to Advisory/Alert ->
  • Oracle Database Security Checklist (PDF) ->

Information used in this document came from Oracle.

Oracle credits the following individuals for providing information regarding vulnerabilities addressed in the Critical Patch Update - January 2006: Raffaele Amendola; Cesar Cerrudo and Esteban Martinez Fayo of Application Security, Inc.; Joxean Koret; Alexander Kornbrust of Red Database Security GmbH; David Litchfield of Next Generation Security Software Ltd.; Srinivas Nookala of Cenzic, Inc.; Steve Orrin formally of Watchfire, Inc.; Amichai Shulman of Imperva, Inc.

Feedback can be directed to US-CERT Technical Staff.

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