Security Advisories and Notifications


Security Advisory: (BEA02-18.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: Patch available to protect password exposure using SNMPAgent

Product(s) Affected: BEA WebLogic Server and Express 5.1

Severity: Low

Recently, a developer at Fannie Mae identified a problem that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of BEA WebLogic Server and Express on all platforms. A patch is available to correct these problems (see section II below). BEA treats such possibilities with the highest degree of urgency and does everything possible to ensure the security of all customer assets. As a result, we strongly suggest the following action:

      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 below.


I. ADVISORY

Recently, a potential security vulnerability was discovered that could allow the WebLogic Server password to be viewed from the computer used to start the SNMP Agent.

The following BEA WebLogic Server and Express release is affected by this vulnerability

  • Version: BEA WebLogic Server and Express 5.1 standalone or as part of BEA WebLogic Enterprise

CAUSE

The SNMP Agent, a feature of WebLogic Server 5.1, is a Java program that enables you to monitor the status of your server or server cluster remotely. The SNMP Agent is initiated with a system command that contains the WebLogic Server password.

Programs run on the computer hosting the Managed Server that display running processes parameters (e.g.: "ps" on Unix and "TaskInfo 2000" on Windows) will also show the WebLogic Server password.  This vulnerability can only be exploited by someone who has direct access to the computer hosting the Managed Server and can run processes on that computer.


II. SUGGESTED ACTION

Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions:

Apply the appropriate Service Pack below:
  • Version: BEA WebLogic Server and Express version 5.1 standalone and as part of BEA WebLogic Enterprise 5.1 on all OS platforms
    • Apply Service Pack 12 and then download and apply the patch #7824622 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.
    • When Service Pack 13 becomes available, you can use that jar instead of Service Pack 12 and this patch.


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