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7/29/2008
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George V. Hulme
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Oracle WebLogic Servers Vulnerable To Attacks

When it comes to security vulnerabilities, this flaw is as ugly as it gets -- but, in this case, it's not all because of anything Oracle did wrong.

When it comes to security vulnerabilities, this flaw is as ugly as it gets -- but, in this case, it's not all because of anything Oracle did wrong.Thanks to the fact that a remotely exploitable vulnerability was disclosed on a mailing list just after Oracle's July 15 patch cycle, users of WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express are at an extraordinary level of risk to attack right now. The flaw in question, which Oracle has published this security bulletin about, enables an attacker to remotely compromise at-risk systems without any authentication. Nasty.

In this case, the security researcher that discovered the flaw chose to announce their find, along with accompanying attack code, without ever giving the database maker a chance to remedy the problem.

Here's what Eric Maurice had to say on Oracle's Global Product Security Blog:

Unfortunately, the person(s) who published this vulnerability and associated exploit codes didn't contact Oracle before publicly disclosing this issue. This means that the vulnerability was made public before providing Oracle an opportunity to develop an appropriate fix for this issue and notify its customers. In addition, the vulnerability was made public shortly after the publication of the July 15 Critical Patch Update, therefore prompting Oracle to issue an out of cycle security update.

So there you have it. Someone decided to not only dump a highly critical, remotely exploitable vulnerability on the world (and the software necessary to exploit the flaw), it also seems as if (I've no way of knowing for sure) that they cherry-picked the timing to fall right after Oracle's scheduled patch release.

That's just reckless.

Oracle has published work-around instructions here.

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