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Oracle Secure Backup Administration Server login.php Command Injection Vulnerability



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Remote exploitation of two command injection vulnerabilities in the authentication component of Oracle Corp.'s Secure Backup Administration Server could allow an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary commands in the context of the running server.

In both cases, the vulnerabilities exist in PHP scripts that authenticate a user attempting to use the service.

The first vulnerability is in "php/login.php". By making a login request with a specially crafted cookie value, an attacker can execute arbitrary code on the server.

The second vulnerability is in "php/common.php". This function is called from the "login.php" page. A variable is used to specify a command to be run. An attacker can supply any shell command for this variable and it will be executed in the context of the web server process.


Exploitation allows an attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands in the context of the web server process. Under Windows, the Administration Server runs as SYSTEM, so the injected command will be executed as SYSTEM. Under Linux it runs as an unprivileged user. No authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability.


Oracle Corp.'s Secure Backup version for Linux, and Secure Backup version for Windows have been confirmed vulnerable. Other versions and other platforms may also be affected.


Block access to the httpd interface of vulnerable servers.


Oracle has released a patch which addresses this issue. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the names CVE-2008-4006 and CVE-2008-5448 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


07/18/2008 Initial Vendor Notification
07/30/2008 Initial Vendor Reply
11/24/2008 Additional Vendor Feedback
01/13/2009 Coordinated Public Disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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