Security Advisories and Notifications

Security Advisory: (BEA04-50.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: Upgrade available to protect password

Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Server and Express

Threat level: Low
It requires a user to have read access to a config.xml file for a production domain.

Severity: High
The administrator's password may be compromised.

Recently a problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Server and Express. An upgrade is available to correct this problem (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

Due to a coding error, the administrator password used to boot the server might automatically be written in clear text to the config.xml file. A user with access to the config.xml file can obtain the password and use it to impersonate an administrator.

This vulnerability affects all sites.

The following versions of WebLogic Server and Express are affected by this vulnerability
  • WebLogic Server and Express 8.1, released and Service Pack 1, on all platforms


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions:

WebLogic Server and Express 8.1
  • Upgrade to Service 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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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