Oracle Critical Patch Update - April 2007
A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. It also includes non-security fixes that are required (because of interdependencies) by those security patches. Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that fixes are applied as soon as possible. This Critical Patch Update contains 36 new security fixes across all products.
Supported Products and Components Affected
Security vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update affect the products listed in the categories below. The product area of the patches for the listed versions is shown in [square brackets] following the product versions. Please click on the link in [square brackets] or in the Patch Availability Table to access the documentation for those patches.
Product releases and versions that are in Premier Support or Extended Support, under the Oracle Lifetime Support policy; or Error Correction Support (ECS) or Extended Maintenance Support (EMS), under the previous support policy:
Products and components that are bundled with the products listed in Category I.
Products that are de-supported as a standalone installation but are supported when installed with the products listed in Category I:
Patches for Category III products are only available when these products are installed as part of Category I products, and are tested solely on supported configurations and environments. Please refer to the documentation for each product for specific details concerning the support and availability of patches.
Products that are supported only on selected platforms. Please consult the additional documentation for details.
Patch Availability Table and Risk Matrices
The Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle Collaboration Suite, Oracle E-Business Suite Applications (Release 12 only), JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards OneWorld Tools, PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal Applications and PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools patches in the Updates are cumulative; each Critical Patch Update contains the fixes from the previous Critical Patch Updates.
Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Release 11i patches are not cumulative, so Oracle E-Business Suite Applications customers should refer to previous Critical Patch Updates to identify previous fixes they want to apply.
For each Oracle product being administered, please consult the documentation for patch availability information and installation instructions referenced from the following table. For an overview of the Oracle product documentation related to this Critical Patch Update, please refer to the Oracle Critical Patch Update April 2007 Documentation Map, MetaLink Note 420060.1.
Risk Matrix Content
Risk matrices list only security vulnerabilities that are newly fixed by the patches associated with this advisory. Risk matrices for previous fixes can be found in previous Critical Patch Update advisories.
Several vulnerabilities addressed in this Critical Patch Update affect multiple products. The same vulnerability appears with the same Vuln # in all risk matrices. Italics indicate vulnerabilities in code included from other product areas.
Oracle conducts an analysis of each security vulnerability addressed by a Critical Patch Update (CPU) or a Security Alert. Results of the security analysis are reflected in the associated documentation describing, for example, the type of vulnerability, the conditions required to exploit it and the result of a successful exploit. Oracle provides this information, in part, so that customers may conduct their own risk analysis based on the particulars of their product usage. As a matter of policy, Oracle does not disclose detailed information about an exploit condition or results that can be used to conduct a successful exploit. Oracle will not provide additional information about the specifics of vulnerabilities beyond what is provided in the CPU or Security Alert notification, the Patch Availability Matrix, the readme files, and FAQs. Oracle does not provide advance notification on CPU or Security Alerts to individual customers. Finally, Oracle distributes neither exploit code nor “proof-of-concept” code for product vulnerabilities.
Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that fixes are applied as soon as possible. Depending on your environment, it may be possible to reduce the risk of successful attack by restricting network protocols required by an attack. For attacks that require certain privileges or access to certain packages, removing the privileges or the ability to access the packages from unprivileged users may help reduce the risk of successful attack. Both approaches may break application functionality, so Oracle strongly recommends changes are tested on non-production systems. Neither approach should be considered a long term solution as neither corrects the underlying problem.
Unsupported Products and De-Supported Versions
Unsupported products, releases and versions are not tested for the presence of vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update. However, it is likely that earlier patch sets of affected releases are also affected by these vulnerabilities.
Supported products are patched in accordance with the Critical Patch Update policy summarized in the CPU Frequently Asked Questions document linked from the References section.
Critical Patch Update patches are available for customers who have purchased Extended Maintenance Support (EMS) before the implementation of the Lifetime Support Policy. De-support Notices indicate whether EMS is available for a particular release and platform, as well as the specific period during which EMS will be available.
Customers with valid licenses for product versions covered by Extended Support (ES), before the implementation of the Lifetime Support Policy, are entitled to download existing fixes; but new issues that may arise from the application of patches are not covered under ES. Therefore, ES customers should have comprehensive plans to enable removal of any applied patch.
Critical Patch Update patches are not provided for product versions which are no longer covered under the Extended Maintenance Support plan or the Lifetime Support Policy. We recommend that customers upgrade to the latest supported version of Oracle products in order to obtain patches.
Please review the "Extended Support" section within the Technical Support Policies for further guidelines regarding ES and EMS.
Advance Notice of On Request Model for Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server
In order to provide enhanced support to our customers, Oracle will proactively create patches only for platform/version combinations that, based on historical data, customers will download for the next Critical Patch Update. Beginning with the July 2007 Critical Patch Update, we will create patches for historically inactive platform/version combinations of the Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server only if requested by customers. Fixes for the vulnerabilities will continue to be included in future releases and patch sets.
Additional details regarding the products, versions and platforms that will be supported for the next Critical Patch Update and the process for requesting On Request patches are available in Section 3.8 (Planned Patches for Next CPU release) of the Critical Patch Update Availability Information for Oracle Server and Middleware Products ( MetaLink Note 420061.1).
The following people or organizations discovered and brought security vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update to Oracle's attention: Vicente Aguilera Diaz of Internet Security Auditors, S.L.; Gerhard Eschelbeck of Qualys, Inc.; Esteban Martinez Fayo of Application Security, Inc.; Joxean Koret; Alexander Kornbrust of Red Database Security GmbH; David Litchfield and Paul M. Wright of Next Generation Security Software Ltd.; noderat ratty; and TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative.
Critical Patch Update Schedule
Critical Patch Updates are released on the Tuesday closest to the 15th day of January, April, July and October. The next four dates are:
Oracle Database Executive Summary
This Critical Patch Update contains a total of 14 new fixes for Oracle Database products, divided as follows:
Oracle Database Risk Matrix
Oracle Database Client-only Installations
2 new database vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update, DB11 and DB13, affect Oracle Database client-only installations (installations that do not have the Oracle Database installed). They are potentially exploitable where a privileged operating system process is passing input from an unprivileged source to the affected program. Oracle recommends applying this Critical Patch Update to client-only installations which may be using the affected programs in this way, or which are affected by client-only issues fixed in prior Critical Patch Updates if the prior patches have not been applied.
Client-side software in the middle tier is patched as part of the general middle tier patch and customers do not need to apply additional patches. Exceptions will be documented in the Patch Availability Document for Oracle Server and Middleware Products, or the Pre-Installation Note, depending on the product.
Upgrading Oracle Secure Enterprise Search
Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g is a standalone product that enables searching across a corporation's enterprise information assets. Unless you installed the Oracle Secure Enterprise Search product, it will
not be present on your system and no further action is required. The security vulnerability listed in the risk matrix above is fixed in Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g Release 1, version 10.1.8. Customers on previous versions of Secure Enterprise Search should upgrade to version 10.1.8. Instructions on upgrading can be found in the Online Documentation. This and the software to install is referenced from the Oracle Technology Network Secure Enterprise Search page, on:
Oracle Application Server Executive Summary
This Critical Patch Update contains 5 new security fixes for Oracle Application Server. 1 Oracle Workflow Cartridge fix and 1 Oracle Secure Enterprise Search fix also affect Oracle Application Server. 2 vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e. they may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password. No new fixes are applicable to client-only installations, i.e. installations that do not have Oracle Application Server installed.
Oracle Application Server products that are bundled with the Oracle Database are affected by the vulnerabilities listed in the Oracle Database section. They are not discussed further in this section and are not listed in the Oracle Application Server risk matrix. Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.3.0.0) is not affected by Application Server specific vulnerabilities, but includes Oracle Database code that needs to be patched by applying the Oracle Application Server patch.
Oracle Application Server Risk Matrix
Oracle Application Server Client-only Installations
No new vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update affect client-only installations of Application Server products. However, fixes for Oracle Containers for J2EE and Oracle Reports Developer which affect client-only installations were released in the October 2006 Critical Patch Update. Please refer to the October 2006 Critical Patch Update advisory for more information if these patches have not yet been applied.
Oracle Collaboration Suite Executive Summary
There is 1 new Oracle Collaboration Suite specific fix in this Critical Patch Update. There is also 1 Oracle Workflow Cartridge fix that affects Oracle Collaboration Suite. Neither are remotely exploitable without authentication.
This Critical Patch Update contains no Oracle Application Server vulnerabilities that are in code included in Oracle Collaboration Suite.
Oracle Collaboration Suite bundles the Oracle Database. All the fixes listed in the Oracle Database part of the Oracle Database section are applicable. The Oracle Collaboration Suite documentation referenced from this advisory lists the patches that should be installed on Oracle Collaboration Suite instances to fix these Oracle Database issues.
Oracle Collaboration Suite Risk Matrix
Oracle E-Business Suite and Applications Executive Summary
This Critical Patch Update contains 11 new security fixes for the Oracle E-Business Suite. 2 of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploited without authentication, i.e. they may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password.
Oracle E-Business Suite includes Oracle9i Application Server Release 1, version 188.8.131.52 code, including Oracle Reports Developer. No Oracle Application Server vulnerabilities fixed in this Critical Patch Update affect this version.
Oracle E-Business Suite products include an Oracle Database which is affected by the vulnerabilities listed in the Oracle Database section. The exposure of Oracle E-Business Suite products is dependent on the Oracle Database version being used. Oracle Database vulnerabilities are not listed in the Oracle E-Business Suite risk matrix, but should be patched.
There are no new security fixes specific to Oracle Life Sciences Applications (previously known as Oracle Pharmaceutical Applications).
Oracle Life Sciences Applications includes Oracle Application Server components which should be patched. The exposure of Oracle Life Sciences Applications depends on the version of Oracle Application Server being used. Please refer to the Oracle Application Server section for more information.
Oracle Life Sciences Applications includes Oracle Database software which is affected by the vulnerabilities listed in the Oracle Database section. The exposure of Oracle Life Sciences Applications is dependent on the Oracle Database version being used. Oracle Database vulnerabilities are not listed in the Oracle Life Sciences Applications risk matrix, but should be patched.
Oracle Life Sciences Applications customers should refer to MetaLink Note 420639.1 for detailed information on installing Oracle Application Server and Oracle Database security patches.
Oracle E-Business Suite Risk Matrix
Oracle Enterprise Manager Executive Summary
This Critical Patch Update contains 1 new security fix for Oracle Enterprise Manager. It may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e. it may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control includes Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server components which are affected by the vulnerabilities listed in the Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server sections. The Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server vulnerabilities that affect a particular instance of Oracle Enterprise Manager depend on the Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server versions in use. Refer to the risk matrices in the appropriate sections of this document for more information. The Critical Patch Update includes patches for Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server that can be installed to Oracle Enterprise Manager environments, and these patches should be installed.
Releases of Oracle Enterprise Manager before Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control include Oracle Database components which are affected by the vulnerabilities listed in the Oracle Database section. The Oracle Database vulnerabilities that affect a particular instance of Oracle Enterprise Manager depend on the Oracle Database version in use. Refer to the risk matrices in the appropriate sections of this document for more information. The Critical Patch Update includes patches for Oracle Database that can be installed to Oracle Enterprise Manager environments, and these patches should be installed.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Risk Matrix
Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Executive Summary
This Critical Patch Update contains 2 new security fixes for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools, 1 new security fix for PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management, and 1 new security fix for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and JD Edwards OneWorld Tools. None of the underlying security vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e. none may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password.
Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Risk Matrix