Feeds

Oracle posts fix – servers ‘unbreakable’ again?

Ball's back in the other court then...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Oracle Corp has been forced to issue security patches for its 9i Application Server and database management system: products that it had previously claimed were "unbreakable",

writes Matthew Aslett.

The security holes were discovered by David Litchfield, co-founder of Sutton, UK-based Next Generation Security Software, and would enable a cracker to take complete control of a web server running Oracle 9i Application Server, or an Oracle 9i database server.

The security holes were discovered as NGSSoftware was developing a vulnerability assessment scanner for Oracle. As well as compromising 9i, NGSS said the holes also effect previous versions of Oracle's software. NGSS has worked with Oracle to produce the fixes for the security holes, which are now available from http://metalink.oracle.com/.

The discovery of the security holes is not just an embarrassment for Redwood Shores, California-based Oracle, which has been marketing 9i on the basis that it is unbreakable, but also for the security industry as a whole.

Oracle has completed 14 separate independent security evaluations, including the US Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC) and the European Information Technology Security Evaluation Criteria (ITSEC) and the International Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation.

"I am amazed this has escaped notice for as long as it has, especially when you consider the number of independent security evaluations Oracle has undergone," comments Litchfield, who will be demonstrating precisely how easy it is to compromise an Oracle database server at the Blackhat Security Briefing in New Orleans this week.

© Computerwire.com. All rights reserved.

Related links

How to hack unbreakable Oracle servers

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.