Security Advisories and Notifications

Security Advisory: (BEA04-69.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: Upgrade and patches are available to protect password.

Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express

Threat level: Low
Users must have access to the WebLogic Server Administrative Console to see the password.

Severity: High
An administrative account can be compromised.

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express. Patches are available to correct this problem (see Section II). Oracle treats potential security problems with the highest degree of urgency and does everything possible to ensure the security of all customer assets. 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.
This vulnerability occurs in both WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express. Throughout the rest of this advisory, references to WebLogic Server apply to both products.


This vulnerability can occur when booting WebLogic Server on the Linux operating system and entering the password used to boot the server via the WebLogic Administrative Console. The password should not be echoed but in some cases it is.

This advisory patch resolves the issue in two ways. First, it fixes the problem by adding no-echo capabilities on the Linux operating system. Second, it changes the default behavior of the server such that if no-echo cannot be enabled the server will not boot when in Production mode. See the README file in the patch for further documentation.

The following versions of WebLogic Server are affected by this vulnerability
  • WebLogic Server 8.1, released through Service Pack 2, on Linux
  • WebLogic Server 7.0, released through Service Pack 5, on Linux WebLogic Server 6.1, released through Service Pack 6, on Linux
  • WebLogic Server 6.1, released through Service Pack 6, on Linux


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions:

WebLogic Server 8.1
  • Upgrade to WebLogic Server 8.1 Service Pack 3

WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express 7.0
  • Upgrade to WebLogic Server 7.0 Service Pack 5
  • Download and apply the patch #7823716 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.
    WebLogic Server 7.0 Service Pack 6 will include the functionality in this patch.

WebLogic Server 6.1
  • Upgrade to WebLogic Server 6.1 Service Pack 7.


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.

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

Thank you,
Oracle Corporation