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Oracle read-only user can insert/update/delete data via specially crafted views
From: ak () red-database-security com
Date: 10 Apr 2006 11:57:23 -0000

Dear bugtraq-Reader

Last Thursday 6th April 2006, Oracle released a note on the Oracle knowledgebase Metalink with details about an unfixed 
security vulnerability (=0day) and a working test case (=exploit code) which effects all versions of Oracle from 
9.2.0.0 to 10.2.0.3. This note "363848.1 – A User with SELECT Object Privilege on Base Tables Can Delete Rows from a 
View" was available last week to Metalink customers. The note was also displayed in the daily headlines section of the 
Metalink.
 
That’s why this information can be assumed as public knowledge and DBAs/Developers which missed the note on Metalink 
should know this vulnerability in order to avoid/mitigate the risk (if possible) whilst waiting for a patch from Oracle.

After noticing the note, I informed Oracle secalert that releasing such information on Metalink is not a wise idea. 
Oracle normally criticises individuals and/or companies for releasing information about Oracle vulnerabilities (like 
David Litchfield from NGSSoftware for releasing information an ever not fixed bug in mod_plsql gateway). In this case, 
not only Oracle released detailed information on the vulnerability; they also included the working exploit code on the 
Metalink. 

In an interview, the Oracle CSO stated:  “I’ve known customers to terminate contracts … for releasing exploit code… you 
might get applause from hackers… but business will not pay you to slit their throats. With knowledge comes 
responsibility.” 

After my email, Oracle removed the note from Metalink. 


Problem: 

In Oracle versions (9.2.0.0-10.2.0.3) exists an unpatched vulnerability which allows users with “SELECT” only 
privileges on a base table to insert/update/ delete data via a specially crafted view.

The impact of this vulnerability on the Oracle data dictionary is low because most data dictionary tables don’t have a 
primary key which is a requirement for this vulnerability.

The impact on custom applications can be huge and eliminate the entire role concept because in well designed 
applications there is normally a read-only role for low-privilege users (e.g. reporting or external auditors). If these 
low-privileged users are able to create a view, which is standard in Oracle 9.2.x to 10 g R1, they could also insert, 
update and delete data via a specially crafted view. Depending on the architecture, it is possible to modify data, 
escalate privileges, …


Test cases:

Oracle provided a complete test case in note 363848.1. I decided not to publish such code on the internet as long as 
patches are not available. If you need additional information you could contact me via email. A test case (without the 
specially crafted view) is available on my website:

http://www.red-database-security.com/advisory/oracle_modify_data_via_views.html



Patches:

Currently there are no patches available. According to Oracle secalert Oracle will provide patches in a future critical 
patch update.
 
Red-Database-Security is not convinced that the April 2006 CPU will contain patches against this vulnerability.



Workarounds / Risk Mitigation:

Sanitize the connect role (9i - 10g R1) and remove the CREATE VIEW (and CREATE DATABASE LINK, …) privilege from the 
connect role. 
Removing the primary key from the base table solves the problem too. Be aware that this could cause performance and 
integrity issues on the application.

Oracle recommends creating views the option “WITH CHECK OPTION”. This 
recommendation helps against accidental modification but not against hackers. 


Credits:

Special thanks to Jens Flasche who made Red-Database-Security aware of the 
Metalink note and for the first analysis + additional test cases. 



URLs:

Interview: Oracle CSO - Mary Ann Davidson
http://news.com.com/When+security+researchers+become+the+problem/2010-1071_3-5807074.html

Metalink Hacking
http://www.red-database-security.com/wp/oracle_metalink_hacking_us.pdf




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