Security Advisories and Notifications

Subject: Security Advisory (BEA08-192.00)
From: Oracle Corporation
Minor Subject: When content portlets are deleted from one of the portal’s pages, all entitlements are removed for the application
Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Portal

Threat level: Low
Under certain circumstances, an administrator of the WLP system can unintentionally remove the WLP entitlement policies on certain portlets.

Severity: Medium
This vulnerability could result in users gaining access to content portlets that are restricted.

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Portal. Patches and upgrades 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. Advisory

Under certain circumstances, an authenticated administrator can unintentionally remove the WLP entitlement policies for all similar content portlets when deleting a single instance of a content portlet.

This advisory corrects this issue by only deleting the desired portlet and its associated entitlements.

Impact and CVSS Ratings:

CVSS Severity Score: 3.6 (Low)
Attack Range (AV): Network
Attack Complexity (AC): High
Authentication Level (Au): Single
Impact Type: Partial Confidentiality and Partial Integrity
Vulnerability Type: Information Disclosure
CVSS Base Score Vector: (AV:N/AC:H/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N)

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The following versions of WebLogic Portal are affected by this vulnerability

  • WebLogic Portal 10.0, on all platforms
  • WebLogic Portal 9.2 released through Maintenance Pack 1, on all platforms


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

WebLogic Portal 10.0

Upgrade to WebLogic Portal 10.0 Maintenance Pack 1

WebLogic Portal 9.2

Upgrade to WebLogic Portal 9.2 Maintenance Pack 2


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