Feeds

Snort plugs Back Orifice as Oracle issues mega-fix

Enter the matrix

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

Patch roundup Wednesday became a busy patching day for sys admins with the release of Oracle's quarterly patch roundup - boasting an impressive 85 software fixes - and an update designed to defend the popular Snort open source intrusion detection application against possible hacker attack.

Oracle's mega update covers a variety of security flaws involving vulnerabilities in its database software and business applications that, at worst, create a means to launch potent SQL injection and cross site scripting hacker attacks. The uber fix also includes less serious security bug fixes and software tweaks unrelated to security issues. Oracle has put together a patching matrix designed to help IT managers to make sense of the importance and impact of these patches within their environments. The vulns were discovered by David Litchfield of NGSSoftware, among others, and summarised by security notification service Secunia here.

Elsewhere there's a buffer overflow vulnerability with the Snort security tool to worry about. A component of the product designed to recognise Back Orifice hacker tool traffic is flawed to such an extent that it might be used to inject hostile code onto affected systems. "A stack-based overflow can be triggered with a single UDP packet, allowing an attacker to fully compromise a Snort or Sourcefire installation," security tools vendor ISS, which unearthed the security glitch, warns. The vulnerability has been reported in Snort version 2.4.0, 2.4.1, and 2.4.2. Users are advised to upgrade to version 2.4.3. Sourcefire, the commercial firm whose technology is based on Snort, issues similar advice here. Possible workarounds and more info can be found in a US-CERT advisory. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu
Traffic flows up 20% as motorway middle lanes miraculously unclog
Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE
Russian Interior Ministry offers big pile o' roubles for busting pro-privacy browser
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.