Check Point Advisories

Oracle Application Server Reports Arbitrary System Command Execution (CVE-2005-2371)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2005-268
Date Published: 1 Nov 2009
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: Tuesday 04 December, 2018
Industry Reference:CVE-2005-2371
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R81, R80, R77, R75

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description Oracle Application Server is a multi-platform solution for developing and deploying enterprise applications and web sites. The server ships with several additional components that extend its functionality. One of such component is the Oracle Reports Services. The Reports Services component allows for the execution of Oracle Reports executable (REP or RDF) files. A Reports executable is executed on the server side when requested by a remote client. There exists a command execution vulnerability in Oracle Reports Services, a component of Oracle Application Server. The vulnerability is caused due to a flaw that allows for the unrestricted execution of Reports executables using an absolute path. An attacker that is able to upload a Reports executable to the application server is able to run any OS command or read/write arbitrary text files on the application server. The target system will not show any abnormal behaviour after the malicious Report executable file is uploaded to the target host. After the malicious Report executable is executed, the behaviour of the target is dependent on the nature of the embedded system commands. The malicious system commands execute in the security context of the application server process, which is the user "SYSTEM" on Windows systems and the user "Oracle" on Unix-like systems.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / R75

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Oracle Application Server Reports Arbitrary System Command Execution protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Oracle Protection Violation.
Attack Information:  Oracle Application Server Reports arbitrary system command execution

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