Security Advisories and Notifications


Subject: Security Advisory (BEA07-160.00)
From: Oracle Corporation
Minor Subject: Security policies may not be enforced on WebLogic JMS servers
Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Server

Threat level: Medium
Under certain circumstances, an attacker could bypass the security policies defined on a protected queue

Severity: Medium
An attacker may be able to perform unauthorized operations (read or write) on a protected queue

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Server. 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

On earlier WebLogic releases, WebLogic JMS may perform security access checks on the JMS front-end and not on the JMS back-end server. An attacker could bypass the front-end validation and be able to read or write messages from a protected queue.

This advisory corrects this issue by always enforcing security policies on the JMS server.

Impact and CVSS Ratings:

CVSS Severity Score: 5.6 (Medium)
Attack Range (AV): Remote
Attack Complexity (AC): High
Level of Authentication Needed (Au): Not Required
Impact Type: Unauthorized access to resources; allows partial confidentiality, integrity and availability violation
Vulnerability Type: Elevation of privilege, access validation
CVSS Base Score Vector: (AV:R/AC:H/Au:NR/C:P/I:P/A:P/B:N)

Complete CVSS Guide: http://www.first.org/cvss/cvss-guide.html
Online Calculator: http://nvd.nist.gov/cvss.cfm?calculator

The following versions of WebLogic Server are affected by this vulnerability

  • WebLogic Server 8.1 released through Service Pack 4, on all platforms
  • WebLogic Server 7.0 released through Service Pack 6, on all platforms
  • WebLogic Server 6.1 released through Service Pack 7, on all platforms

II. SUGGESTED ACTION

Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

WebLogic Server version 8.1

  • Upgrade to WebLogic Server 8.1 Service Pack 5.

WebLogic Server version 7.0

  • Upgrade to WebLogic Server 7.0 Service Pack 7.

WebLogic Server version 6.1

  1. Upgrade to WebLogic Server 6.1 Service Pack 7.

  2. Download and apply the patch #7824806 from OracleMetaLink as per the instructions below:
    • Select the Patches and Updates tab after logging in to OracleMetaLink.
    • Click Simple Search.
    • In the Search By field, select Patch Number from the list.
    • Enter the patch number. The patch number may be different for different product releases and platforms.
    • Select the platform (or choose generic as applicable)
    • Click Go.
    • Click Download to download the patch.

  3. Place the jar for the patch in the CLASSPATH before the weblogic.jar file.





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