Security Advisories and Notifications

Security Advisory: (BEA05-78.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: Incorrect password from failed login attempt echoed to standard output.

Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Portal

Threat level: Low
Password echoed to standard output on login failure.

Severity: Medium
It might be possible to use the incorrect password to guess the correct password.

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Portal. An upgrade is available to correct this problem (see Section II). Oracle treats potential security problems with a high degree of urgency and endeavors to take appropriate steps to help ensure the security of our customers' systems. As a result, Oracle strongly suggests the following actions:

I. Read the following advisory.
II. Apply the suggested action.
III. If you know of any additional users interested in future security advisories, please forward them the registration instructions included in this advisory.

I. Advisory

Sites using the UserLogin control are vulnerable to this issue. A non-authorized individual must be able to view the standard output in order to exploit the vulnerability.

On a failed login attempt due to an incorrect password, the password that was input by the user is echoed to standard output. An individual not authorized to log in to the account to which the login is being attempted may be able to view the incorrect password of the failed login attempt and use that as a starting point to guess the correct password.

This upgrade resolves the issue by not echoing the password on a failed login.

The following versions of WebLogic Portal are affected by this vulnerability
  • WebLogic Portal 8.1 released through Service Pack 3, on all platforms


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions:

WebLogic Portal version 8.1
Upgrade to Service Pack 4


Oracle strongly suggests that customers apply the remedies recommended in all our security advisories. Oracle also urges customers to apply every Service/Maintenance Pack as they are released. Service/Maintenance Packs include a roll-up of all bug fixes for each version of the product, as well as each of the prior Service/Maintenance Packs. Service/Maintenance Packs and information about them can be found at:

Note: Information about securing WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express can be found at Specific lockdown information is provided at We strongly encourage you to review this documentation to ensure your server deployment is securely configured.

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Thank you,
Oracle Corporation