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Oracle security alert.

September 1, 2004

Advisory overview

Qualys Vulnerability R&D Lab has released new vulnerability checks in the Enterprise TruRisk Platform to protect organizations against 3 vulnerabilities that were fixed in 2 bulletins announced today by Oracle. Customers can immediately audit their networks for these and other new vulnerabilities by accessing their Qualys subscription. Visit Qualys Security Blog to prioritize remediation.

Non-Qualys customers can audit their network for these and other vulnerabilities by signing up for a Qualys Free Trial, or by trying Qualys Community Edition.

Vulnerability details

Oracle has released 2 security bulletins to fix newly discovered flaws in their software. Qualys has released the following checks for these new vulnerabilities:

  • Oracle Database Server Multiple Vulnerabilities - January 2005

    Urgent 5
    Qualys ID
    Vendor Reference
    CVE Reference
    CVE-2004-0637, CVE-2004-0638, CVE-2005-0298
    CVSS Scores
    Base 8.5 / Temporal 6
    Multiple critical vulnerabilities have been reported by NGSSoftware in Oracle Database Server. Versions affected include:

    Oracle Database 10g Release 1, Version, and
    Oracle9i Database Server Release 2, Versions, and
    Oracle9i Database Server Release 1, Versions, and 9.0.4
    Oracle8i Database Server Release 3, Version
    Oracle8 Database Release 8.0.6, version

    The original NGSSoftware advisory can be found here.

    On the 31st of August 2004 Oracle released Oracle Security Alert #68 to address all of these issues (and other flaws found by other researchers.) For patches please see Oracle MetaLink Document ID 281189.1.

    In January 2005, Oracle released a set of cummulative patches that includes the Security Alert #68 fixes and some more. Please check Critical Patch Update - January 2005 for details of those fixes.

    The following are links for downloading patches to fix these vulnerabilities:
    Security Alert #68 Oracle Database

  • Oracle Application Server Multiple Portal and iSQL Plus Vulnerabilities

    Critical 4
    Qualys ID
    Vendor Reference
    CVE Reference
    CVSS Scores
    Base 7.5 / Temporal 5.5
    A version of Oracle Application Server (AS) with multiple vulnerabilities in the portal and iSQL*Plus vulnerabilities was detected on the host. Oracle AS Versions,, and are vulnerable.
    A remote attacker without authentication can exploit these vulnerabilities.
    Oracle has released patches for these vulnerabilities that can be downloaded at the Oracle Metalink Web site.

These new vulnerability checks are included in Qualys vulnerability signature 1.9.15-3. Each Qualys account is automatically updated with the latest vulnerability signatures as they become available. To view the vulnerability signature version in your account, from the Qualys Help menu, select the About tab.

Selective Scan Instructions Using Qualys

To perform a selective vulnerability scan, configure a scan profile to use the following options:

  1. Ensure access to TCP ports 135 and 139 are available.
  2. Enable Windows Authentication (specify Authentication Records).
  3. Enable the following Qualys IDs:
    • 19102
    • 86675
  4. If you would like the scan to return the Windows Hostname, also include QID 82044 and ensure access to UDP port 137 is available.
  5. If you would like to be notified if Qualys is unable to log on to a host (if Authentication fails), also include QID 105015.

In addition, prior to running a scan for these new vulnerabilities, you can estimate your exposure to these new threats by running the Risk Analysis Report, available from the Qualys Vulnerability Management Reports tab.

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The Enterprise TruRisk Platform and its integrated suite of security and compliance applications provides organizations of all sizes with a global view of their security and compliance solutions, while drastically reducing their total cost of ownership. Qualys solutions include: continuous monitoring, vulnerability management, policy compliance, PCI compliance, security assessment questionnaire, web application scanning, web application firewall, malware detection and SECURE Seal for security testing of web sites.