Security Advisories and Notifications

Security Advisory: (BEA05-97.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: Servlet resources may not be fully protected when using fullyDelegateAuthorization mode in the Administration Console.

Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express

Threat level: Low
In specific circumstances related to application deployment, a remote user might be able to access an unprotected servlet.

Severity: Medium
A servlet resource might not be protected from unauthorized users.

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Server. Upgrades are 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 servlets with fullyDelegatedAuthorization enabled may be vulnerable.

An unexpected failure encountered during deployment by an authorization provider or role provider (for example, the LDAP database being down) resulted in the servlet container marking the servlet as inaccessible but deployment still continued. If fullyDelegateAuthorization was disabled the resource would be protected by the servlet container, but if fullyDelegateAuthorization was enabled the servlet would not be fully protected as the security framework would not have any constraints.

This patch resolves the issue by ensuring that servlet deployment fails if the there are any unexpected failures during deployment.

The following versions of WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express are affected by this vulnerability

  • WebLogic Server 8.1 released through Service Pack 3, on all platforms.
  • WebLogic Server 7.0 released through Service Pack 5, on all platforms.


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express version 8.1
  1. Upgrade to service pack 4.

WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express version 7.0
  1. Upgrade to service pack 6.


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.

As a policy, if there are any security-related issues with any Oracle product, Oracle will distribute an advisory and instructions with the appropriate course of action. Because the security of your site, data, and code is our highest priority, we are committed to communicating all security-related issues clearly and openly.

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Security issues can be reported to Oracle by following the directions at:

Thank you,
Oracle Corporation