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Alert (TA07-017A)

Oracle Releases Patches for Multiple Vulnerabilities

Original release date: January 17, 2007

Systems Affected

  • Oracle Database
  • Oracle Application Server
  • Oracle HTTP Server (Apache)
  • Oracle Identity Management
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle Collaboration Suite
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools
  • Oracle Life Sciences Applications (formerly Oracle Pharmaceutical Applications)
For more detailed information regarding affected product versions, refer to the Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2007.

Overview

Oracle has released patches to address numerous vulnerabilities in different Oracle products. The impacts of these vulnerabilities include remote execution of arbitrary code, information disclosure, and denial of service.

Description

Oracle has released the Critical Patch Update - January 2007. According to Oracle, this Critical Patch Update (CPU) contains:

  • 17 new security fixes for the Oracle Database, one of which is for Oracle Database client-only installations
  • 9 new security fixes for the Oracle HTTP Server
  • 12 new security fixes for the Oracle Application Server
  • 7 new security fixes for the Oracle E-Business Suite
  • 6 new security fixes for the Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • 3 new security fixes for the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools

Many Oracle products include or share code with other vulnerable Oracle products and components. Therefore, one vulnerability may affect multiple Oracle products and components. For example, the January 2007 CPU does not contain any fixes specifically for Oracle Collaboration Suite. However, Oracle Collaboration Suite is affected by vulnerabilities in Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server, so sites running Oracle Collaboration suite should install fixes for Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server. Refer to the January 2007 CPU for details regarding which vulnerabilities affect specific Oracle products and components.

For a list of publicly known vulnerabilities addressed in the January 2007 CPU, refer to the Map of Public Vulnerability to Advisory/Alert. The January 2007 CPU does not associate Vuln# identifiers (e.g., DB01) with other available information, even in the Map of Public Vulnerability to Advisory/Alert document. As more details about vulnerabilities and remediation strategies become available, we will update the individual vulnerability notes.

Impact

The impact of these vulnerabilities varies depending on the product, component, and configuration of the system. Potential consequences include remote execution of arbitrary code or commands, sensitive information disclosure, and denial of service. Vulnerable components may be available to unauthenticated, remote attackers. An attacker who compromises an Oracle database may be able to gain access to sensitive information or take complete control of the host system.

Solution

Apply patches from Oracle

Apply the appropriate patches or upgrade as specified in the Critical Patch Update - January 2007. Note that this Critical Patch Update only lists newly corrected vulnerabilities.

As noted in the update, some patches are cumulative, others are not:

The Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle Collaboration Suite, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards OneWorld Tools, PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal Applications and PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools patches in the Updates are cumulative; each Critical Patch Update contains the fixes from the previous Critical Patch Updates.

Oracle E-Business Suite and Applications patches are not cumulative, so E-Business Suite and Applications customers should refer to previous Critical Patch Updates to identify previous fixes they want to apply.

Vulnerabilities described in the January 2007 CPU may affect Oracle Database 10g Express Edition (XE). According to Oracle, Oracle Database XE is based on the Oracle Database 10g Release 2 code.

Known issues with Oracle patches are documented in the pre-installation notes and patch readme files. Please consult these documents and test before making changes to production systems.


References

Revision History

  • January 17, 2007: Initial release

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