Security Advisories and Notifications


Security Advisory: (BEA07-156.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: Inadvertent corruption of WebLogic Portal entitlement policies.

Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Portal

Threat level: Low
An administrative user can inadvertently cause this vulnerability.

Severity: High
An end user can gain access to unintended resources.

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Portal. A patch 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 that operate in a WebLogic Server clustered environment and use WebLogic Portal entitlements to manage WebLogic Portal resources are susceptible to this vulnerability. If an administrative user changes a WebLogic Portal entitlement policy on a managed server while the Administrative Server is down, the policy change may not be successfully propagated to the other managed servers in the cluster.

This patch resolves the issue by preventing entitlement policy changes when the Administration server is down.

The following versions of WebLogic Portal are affected by this vulnerability

WebLogic Portal 9.2 on all platforms.

II. SUGGESTED ACTION

Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

WebLogic Portal version 9.2

  • Use the Smart Update tool to install the patch for CR293511.

WebLogic Portal 9.2 Maintenance Pack 1 will include the functionality in this patch.



SECURITY COMMUNICATIONS

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: http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/ias/bea_main.html

Note: Information about securing WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express can be found at http://edocs.bea.com/wls/docs103/security.html. Specific lockdown information is provided at http://e-docs.bea.com/wls/docs103/lockdown/index.html. 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.

All previous advisories can be viewed at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/wls-security.

Additional users who wish to register for product advisory distribution should follow the registration directions at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/alerts.htm.

Security issues can be reported to Oracle by following the directions at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/alerts.htm.

Thank you,
Oracle Corporation