Security Advisories and Notifications

Security Advisory: (BEA04-63.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: Patch available to prevent arbitrary file access and possible disk space exhaustion

Product(s) Affected: Crystal Reports as bundled with WebLogic Platform

Threat level: High

Any user with access to the application can exploit this vulnerability

Severity: High

The user can gain access to the server's disk drive(s) or cause WebLogic Platform to crash

Recently 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). BEA System 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:

  1. I. Read the following advisory.
  2. II. Apply the suggested action.
  3. III. If you know of any additional users interested in future security advisories, please forward them the registration instructions below.

I. Advisory

Recently Business Objects notified us of a potential security vulnerability in the web API provided by Crystal Reports 9, Crystal Reports 10, and all other products that use their web-based API such as Crystal Enterprise 9 and Crystal Enterprise 10.

Although there are no known exploits of any applications at this time, the vulnerability may allow arbitrary file access and possible disk space exhaustion.

The following versions of WebLogic Platform with Crystal Reports are affected by this vulnerability


  • WebLogic Platform 8.1, released through Service Pack 2, on all platforms


Business Objects takes security issues seriously and released a patch on June 8th 2004 to fix the problem. This security vulnerability affects Crystal Reports for BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1 and requires a patch. You can get information at and download this patch from:

To mitigate the risk of exposure for your customers and to ensure that you are following best practices, please review the document, 'Guide to Securing Web-Based Crystal Reports Applications', available on the Business Objects support site at:

In addition, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Business Objects regional customer support center or refer to the following link for contact information:

WebLogic Platform 8.1 SP3 includes the functionality of this patch.


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.

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.

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