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Oracle Secure Backup Administration Server login.php Command Injection Vulnerability



Oracle Secure Backup is a network backup system for Oracle Databases. For more information, see:


Remote exploitation of an input validation vulnerability 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.

The vulnerability is in a function of common.php which is called from the login.php page. The script fails to sanitize the input when verifying the user has permission to use the service.


Successful exploitation allows an attacker to gain complete control over an affected system. Because the the Administration Server runs as an unprivileged user, commands will be executed as that user. Under the Linux (and possibly other) installations many files are installed world writable. These include the configuration file for the Apache web-server that the Administration Server is built on. This server starts as the root user and changes to a user specified by the configuration files. Since these files are writable by the user it may be possible for them to gain access to the root user account. Other configuration and executable files are also able to be changed.


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


Block access to the httpd interface of vulnerable servers Remove write access for 'other' users to all files. The following command will recursively change the permissions to remove write permission to 'other'.

chmod -R o-w directory/

This may prevent some aspects of the system from functioning correctly.


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 name CVE-2008-5449 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


03/08/2007 Initial Vendor Notification
03/08/2007 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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