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[Onapsis Security Advisory 2010-010] Oracle Virtual Server Agent Local Privilege Escalation
From: Onapsis Research Labs <research () onapsis com>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:58:19 -0300

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 Onapsis Security Advisory 2010-0010: Oracle Virtual Server Agent Local Privilege Escalation

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1. Impact on Business

By exploiting this vulnerability, a local authenticated attacker would be able to  access the OVS agent and manage all 
virtual machines configured on
the OVS server.
This would result in the compromise of integrity, availability and confidentiality of every virtual machine deployed in 
the OVS server.

  - Risk Level: (Medium)

2. Advisory Information

  - Release Date: 2010-11-02

  - Last Revised: 2010-11-02

  - Security Advisory ID: ONAPSIS-2010-010

  - Onapsis SVS ID: ONAPSIS-00015

  - Researcher: Juan Pablo Perez Etchegoyen

3. Vulnerability Information

  - Vendor: ORACLE

  - Affected Components:

       * Oracle Virtual Server Agent 2.3

  - Vulnerability Class: Local privilege escalation

  - Remotely Exploitable: No

  - Locally Exploitable: Yes

  - Authentication Required: Yes

  - CVE: CVE-2010-3584

  - Initial Base CVSS v2:  4.3 (AV:L/AC:L/AU:S/C:P/I:P/A:P)

  - Original Advisory: http://www.onapsis.com/resources/get.php?resid=adv_onapsis-2010-010

4. Affected Components Description
================================ ==

"Oracle VM is server virtualization software which fully supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications. Oracle VM 
offers scalable, low-cost server
virtualization that is three times more efficient than existing server virtualization products from other vendors. 
Oracle has also announced
certification of key Oracle products including Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Applications, and 
Oracle Real Application Clusters
with Oracle VM."

"Oracle VM Manager communicates with Oracle VM Agent to create and manage guests on an Oracle VM Server. Oracle VM 
Agent is installed and configured
during the installation of Oracle VM Server."

By default, Oracle VM Agent is executed, with a highly privileged user, typically root.

5. Vulnerability Details

Oracle VM Agent stores user authentication data in files with weak permissions. This can be abused by a non privileged 
user to access cleartext
passwords and password hashes, leading to a privilege escalation attack.

Onapsis is not distributing technical details about this issue to the general public at this moment in order to provide 
enough time to affected
customers to patch their systems and protect against the exploitation of the described vulnerability.

6. Solution

Apply Oracle Critical Patch Update October – 2010. More information available on 

Onapsis strongly recommends Oracle customers to download the related security fixes and apply them to the affected 
components in order to reduce
business risks.

7. Report Timeline

        . 2010-09-20: Onapsis provides vulnerability information to Oracle.
        . 2010-09-21: Oracle confirms reception of vulnerability submission.
        . 2010-09-24: Oracle states vulnerability is under investigation.
        . 2010-10-07: Oracle confirms vulnerability.
        . 2010-10-12: Oracle releases fixes in CPU.
        . 2010-11-02: Onapsis releases security advisory.

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With that objective in mind, a special unit - the Onapsis Research Labs - has been developed since the creation of the 
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in this special team lead the public research trends in this matter, having discovered and published many of the public 
security vulnerabilities in
these platforms.

The outcome of this advanced and cutting-edge research is continuously provided to the Onapsis Consulting and 
Development teams, improving the quality
of our solutions and enabling our customers to be protected from the latest risks to their critical business 

Furthermore, the results of this research projects are usually shared with the general security and professional 
community, encouraging the sharing of
information and increasing the common knowledge in this field.

About Onapsis

Onapsis is the leading provider of solutions for the security of ERP and business-critical systems and applications. 
Through different innovative
products and services, Onapsis helps its global customers to effectively increase the security level of their core 
business platforms, protecting
their information and decreasing financial fraud risks.

Onapsis is built upon a team of world-renowned experts in the SAP security field, with several years of experience in 
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