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TeamSHATTER Security Advisory: Oracle 11g Stealth Password Cracking Vulnerability (CVE-2012-3137)
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TeamSHATTER Security Advisory
Oracle 11g Stealth Password Cracking Vulnerability
February 20, 2013
Oracle Database Server version 11gR1, 11gR2
Yes (No authentication to Database Server is needed)
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Esteban Martinez Fayo of
Application Security Inc.
There is a flaw in the way that Authentication Session Keys are generated and
protected by Oracle Database Server during the authentication process. It is
possible to use this flaw to perform unlimited password guesses (cracking) of
any user password in a similar way as if the password hash would be available.
All users that are authenticated by the database using logon protocol version
11 are affected by this vulnerability. This includes all users created with
the "IDENTIFIED BY" clause, including the SYS user.
The attack can be performed remotely without the need of a valid username and
password. The attacker just needs to know the SID of the database and the
name of a valid user. The attack can be done with just a few network packets
and without leaving any trace in native auditing facilities.
Remote unauthenticated attackers can perform offline bruteforce on users
passwords, testing millions of passwords per second.
Vendor was contacted and a patch was released.
Some possible workarounds:
1) Use strong user passwords. A strong password will make password guessing
more difficult (or impossible) to solve in reasonable time.
2) Use external authentication. Only users that are authenticated by the
database are affected by this vulnerability. Users that are authentication by
external means are not affected; this includes users authenticated by the
Operating System and the Network (SSL or third-parties like Kerberos).
3) Disable protocol version 11 and use version 10 or lower instead. To do
this, set initialization parameter SEC_CASE_SENSITIVE_LOGON to FALSE.
See https://www.teamshatter.com/?p=3951 for more information about the
Apply Oracle Critical Patch Update October 2012 available at Oracle Support.
Vendor Notification - 4/21/2010
Vendor Response - 4/26/2010
Fix - 10/16/2012
Public Disclosure - 2/20/2013
Copyright (c) 2013 Application Security, Inc.
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Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate
at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use
of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition.
There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the
author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect,
or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on,
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