Security Advisories and Notifications

Subject: SECURITY ADVISORY (CVE-2008-4008)
From: Oracle Corporation
Minor Subject: Security vulnerability in WebLogic plug-in for Apache
Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express

A problem was identified that could potentially allow an attacker to exploit a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Server. 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.

I. Description

This vulnerability may impact the availability, confidentiality or integrity of WebLogic Server applications which use the Apache web server configured with the WebLogic plug-in for Apache. This vulnerability may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e. it may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password.

II. Impact and CVSS Ratings:

CVSS Severity Score: 10.0 (High)
Attack Range (AV): Network
Attack Complexity (AC): Low
Authentication Level (Au): None
Impact Type: Complete confidentiality, integrity and availability violation
Vulnerability Type: Denial of Service
CVSS Base Score Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Usage of CVSS by Oracle:


The following versions of WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express are affected by this vulnerability
  • Apache Plug-ins dated prior to October 14, 2008 which implies:
    • BEA WebLogic Server 10.3
    • BEA WebLogic Server 10.0 released through MP1
    • BEA WebLogic Server 9.2 released through MP3
    • BEA WebLogic Server 9.1
    • BEA WebLogic Server 9.0
    • BEA WebLogic Server 8.1 released through SP6
    • BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 released through SP7
    • BEA WebLogic Server 6.1 released through SP7


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

WebLogic Server plug-ins for Apache web server:

1. Download and apply the latest web server plug-in patch #7825163 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.

2. Save a copy of your old plug-in and install the appropriate plug-in on your Web Server.

3. Restart your Web Server

Note: The WebLogic plug-in is compatible with all versions of WebLogic Server. Fixes for Apache Plugin are cumulative. Distribution of this fix includes the separate fix for CVE-2008-3257, which was announced in August 2008.


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