Subject: Security Advisory (BEA08-190.00)
From: Oracle Corporation
Minor Subject: A WebLogic Portal Administration Console session can inadvertently redirect from https port to an http port
Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Portal
Threat level: Medium
Under certain circumstances, an administrative https session is redirected to an http port that is not secure.
An attacker may be able to monitor an administrative session and obtain confidential information.
A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Portal. Patches 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.
Under certain circumstances, accessing the Portal Administration Console via an https://<url> port and logging into the console will cause the rest of the session to be redirected to an http port that is not secure.
If a sophisticated user manages to monitor the administrative messages, they can potentially impersonate the administrator and perform all the privileged actions that an administrator would be able to perform via the WLP console.
This advisory corrects this issue by not redirecting an https session to an http port.
Impact and CVSS Ratings:
CVSS Severity Score: 8.8 (High)
Attack Range (AV): Network
Attack Complexity (AC): Medium
Authentication Level (Au): None
Impact Type: Complete Confidentiality, Integrity
Vulnerability Type: Information Disclosure
CVSS Base Score Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:N)
The following versions of WebLogic Portal are affected by this vulnerability
- WebLogic Portal 10.0, on all platforms
- WebLogic Portal 9.2 released through Maintenance Pack 2, on all platforms
II. SUGGESTED ACTION
Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.
WebLogic Portal 10.0
Upgrade to WebLogic Portal 10.0 Maintenance Pack 1
WebLogic Portal 9.2
- Upgrade to WebLogic Portal 9.2 Maintenance Pack 2
- Use the Smart Update Tool to install the 9.2MP2 patch for CR318480.
WebLogic Portal 9.2 Maintenance Pack 3 will include this functionality.
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 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.
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