NGSSoftware Insight Security Research Advisory
Name: Trigger abuse of MDSYS.SDO_TOPO_DROP_FTBL
Systems Affected: Oracle 10g R1 and R2 (10.1.0.5 and 10.2.0.2)
Vendor URL: http://www.oracle.com/
Author: David Litchfield [ email@example.com ]
Reported: 23rd July 2008
Date of Public Advisory: 13th January 2009
Advisory number: #NISR13012009
Oracle has just released a fix for a flaw that, when exploited, allows a low
privileged authenticated database user to gain MDSYS privileges. This can be
abused by an attacker to perform actions as the MDSYS user.
MDSYS.SDO_TOPO_DROP_FTBL is one of the triggers that forms part of the
Oracle Spatial Application. It is vulnerable to SQL injection. When a user
drops a table the trigger fires. The name of the table is embedded in a
dynamic SQL query which is then executed by the trigger. Note that the
Oracle advisory states that the attacker requires the DROP TABLE and CREATE
PROCEDURE privileges. This is not the case and only CREATE SESSION
privileges are required.
Oracle was alerted to this flaw on the 23rd July 2008. A patch has now been
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