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Oracle Database 11g Object Name SQL Injection Vulnerability



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Local exploitation of an input validation vulnerability in the wmsys.no_vm_ddl package in Oracle Corp.'s Oracle Database 11g database product allows attackers to gain elevated privileges.

WMSYS schema is used to store all metadata information for Oracle Workspace Manager. WMSYS includes CONNECT, RESOURCE and WM_ADMIN_ROLE database roles.

The vulnerability exists within the wmsys.no_vm_ddl package. This package is part of the WMSYS schema and runs with the WMSYS privileges. When altering, creating or dropping a table, view or procedure, the object's name is passed directly to an SQL query without being properly validated. This allows an attacker to execute arbitrary SQL queries with the WMSYS privileges.


Exploitation allows the attacker to gain to access to the Workspace Manager Admin (WM_ADMIN_ROLE) role. WMSYS is a privileged admin role, and elevation to DBA from WMSYS is possible using other vulnerabilities.

To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker would need to have the CREATE SESSION and CREATE PROCEDURE privilege.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Oracle Database 11g and Workspace Manager version Previous versions may also be affected.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.


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-2009-0984 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


01/18/2008 - Initial Vendor Notification
01/23/2008 - Initial Vendor Response
11/24/2008 - Status update from Vendor
04/14/2009 - Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Joxean Koret.

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