Security Advisories and Notifications

Subject: Security Advisory (BEA08-183.00)
From: Oracle Corporation
Minor Subject: Security policies on a WebLogic Portal Page can inadvertently be lost by an administrator performing certain editing operations on that page
Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Portal

Threat level: Low
In certain circumstances, an administrator’s actions might remove security restrictions on some pages.

Severity: Medium
Users of the system may be able to see pages they were not intended to.

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

An authenticated portal administrator using the portal Admin Tools can inadvertently remove the entitlements on pages by editing the page definition label for a given page. This can result in the removal of any entitlement policies that were in place on that page without the Administrator being aware they were removed. This can result in users of the system being able to see pages they were not intended to.

This advisory corrects this issue by recommending procedures to avoid this issue.

Impact and CVSS Ratings:

CVSS Severity Score: 2.1 (Low)
Attack Range (AV): Network
Attack Complexity (AC): High
Authentication Level (Au): Single Instance
Impact Type: Partial Confidentiality
Vulnerability Type: Information Disclosure
CVSS Base Score Vector: (AV:N/AC:H/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Complete CVSS Guide:
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The following versions of WebLogic Portal are affected by this vulnerability

  • WebLogic Portal 8.1 Service Pack 3 through Service Pack 6, on all platforms.


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

WebLogic Portal 8.1 SP3-SP6

Follow the recommendations in the WLP Security Guide for this issue located at:


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.

All previous advisories can be viewed at:

Additional users who wish to register for product advisory distribution should follow the registration directions at:

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

Thank you,
Oracle Corporation