SOURCE: Cenzic

August 11, 2005 09:00 ET

Cenzic Research Lab Names Top Five Critical Web Application Vulnerabilities for July

Vulnerabilities in Oracle Reports and Lotus Named Most Serious Risk for Potential Attacks

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 11, 2005 --Cenzic's Intelligent Analysis (CIA) research lab today named the top five most serious web application vulnerabilities for the month of July. CIA specializes in the continuous research of application vulnerabilities and the development of remediation strategies to assist customers with their web application security needs in enterprise environments.

In July, Cenzic identified and analyzed the most serious vulnerabilities announced by vendors and other third parties. The company's top five includes vulnerabilities in many of today's most widely used business platforms, including Oracle Reports and Lotus.

Under the auspice of CIA, Cenzic evaluates a wide range of newly discovered application vulnerabilities and prioritizes them based on their severity and potential to impact regulatory compliance, internal policy compliance, information privacy and financial losses. This information is released on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and can be used by enterprises as a first step in addressing the security of custom and commercial web applications.

The CIA team analyzed all web application security vulnerabilities discovered in July and selected the following for their severity and potential threat to common, widely used software and business environments:

1. Cross-Site Scripting Attacks in Oracle Reports


Vulnerability in Oracle Reports Server allows cross-site scripting attacks. Cross Site Scripting vulnerabilities allow an attacker to craft malicious scripts that can be executed within a victim's browser.

Enterprises can contact the vendor for a workaround or security fix. Additionally, customers using Oracle products should apply the Critical Patch update for July 2005. The cross-site scripting vulnerability discussed in this alert is not fixed by the critical patch update; however, the critical patch update does address other high-risk security issues.

2. Remote Command Execution via Malicious Report Content in Oracle Reports


This vulnerability in Oracle Reports Server makes it possible for a malicious user to disclose or alter system files, change system configuration, obtain access to critical system security files (.SAM), or install backdoors.

Enterprises should consult the page below for available workarounds for this security issue:

3. File Access and Destruction Vulnerability in Oracle Reports


A vulnerability in Oracle Reports Server allows a remote user to overwrite arbitrary files on the server, resulting in potential loss of critical files, and possibly damaging the underlying operating system.

Unofficial workarounds for these security issues are available from the links below: and

4. File Access Vulnerability in Oracle Reports


A vulnerability in Oracle Reports allows a remote attacker to read fragments of arbitrary XML files on the Reports server, which could give a hacker the ability to access confidential information belonging to other users.

An unofficial workaround is described at:

5. Lotus Domino R5/R6 Webmail Discloses Hashed Passwords to Any Authenticated User.


A vulnerability in Lotus Domino R5/R6 Webmail allows a user to obtain encrypted password hashes for all users. The password hashes can then be subjected to brute force attacks to retrieve user credentials.

The vendor has released a workaround to address this problem, which is available in the CYBSEC S.A, Advisory at the URL below:

Cenzic uses a proprietary formula for calculating the severity of vulnerability information. Cenzic's risk metrics are subject to change without notice. The vulnerabilities selected for this alert were chosen due to one or more of the following factors: Origin -- the vulnerability could be exploited by unauthenticated remote users, Boundary -- the vulnerability would allow privilege escalation upon a successful attack, Popularity -- the software is widely used or deployed, Criticality -- the vulnerability fits the profile of the critical areas identified by OWASP, CSI, SANS, or other sources. That a particular vulnerability is rated as severe does not imply negligence on part of the author/maintainer/vendor of the affected software.

Cenzic has taken immediate steps to ensure that users of Cenzic Hailstorm are proactively alerted against these and other serious security vulnerabilities. CIA monitors security vulnerability information as it released to ensure that Hailstorm provides up-to-date, comprehensive, detection and remediation of the most severe application security vulnerabilities.

About Cenzic Intelligent Analysis (CIA) Research

The Cenzic Intelligent Analysis (CIA) team specializes in continuous research into application vulnerabilities and the latest tools and techniques used within the field of application security. The CIA team monitors the latest vulnerabilities and trends affecting application security by tracking Internet newsgroups, forums, mailing lists, and underground websites where vulnerability information is released, In addition to its research focus, CIA experts also perform vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, and security testing.

Cenzic has dedicated experts whose sole job is to perform ongoing research to not only analyze known vulnerabilities but also discover new or undisclosed vulnerabilities in custom, commercial, and open-source applications, and to make this information available to customers and to the community at large in the form of publications and security alerts. Cenzic Hailstorm is updated similar to anti-virus on a regular basis with new vulnerability information to give customers an advantage in staying ahead of new vulnerabilities.

About Cenzic

Cenzic provides Hailstorm®, the next-generation enterprise software and services for automated application security assessment and compliance that allows Fortune 1000 corporations and government organizations to dramatically improve the security of web applications. Hailstorm enables security experts, QA professionals, and developers to work together to assess, analyze, and remediate applications for security vulnerabilities, and verify compliance with security policies. Hailstorm benefits include reduced security risk and liability, lower development and testing costs, and faster time-to-market. Cenzic ClickToSecure™ service is one of the industry's first solutions to combine the power of an enterprise-class application security assessment product with the flexibility of a managed security service. Cenzic's customers are currently in the financial services, e-retail, and government sectors. For more information visit

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