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CVSS Version 3.0 Announced

Thu, 2015-07-30 16:04

Hello, this is Darius Wiles.

Version 3.0 of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) has been announced by the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). Although there have been no high-level changes to the standard since the Preview 2 release which I discussed in a previous blog post, there have been a lot of improvements to the documentation.

Soon, Oracle will be using CVSS v3.0 to report CVSS Base scores in its security advisories. In order to facilitate this transition, Oracle plans to release two sets of risk matrices, both CVSS v2 and v3.0, in the first Critical Patch Update (Oracle’s security advisories) to provide CVSS version 3.0 Base scores. Subsequent Critical Patch Updates will only list CVSS version 3.0 scores.

While Oracle expects most vulnerabilities to have similar v2 and v3.0 Base Scores, certain types of vulnerabilities will experience a greater scoring difference. The CVSS v3.0 documentation includes a list of examples of public vulnerabilities scored using both v2 and v3.0, and this gives an insight into these scoring differences. Let’s now look at a couple of reasons for these differences.

The v3.0 standard provides a more precise assessment of risk because it considers more factors than the v2 standard. For example, the important impact of most cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities is that a victim's browser runs malicious code. v2 does not have a way to capture the change in impact from the vulnerable web server to the impacted browser; basically v2 just considers the impact to the former. In v3.0, the Scope metric allows us to score the impact to the browser, which in v3.0 terminology is the impacted component. v2 scores XSS as "no impact to confidentiality or availability, and partial impact to integrity", but in v3.0 we are free to score impacts to better fit each vulnerability. For example, a typical XSS vulnerability, CVE-2013-1937 is scored with a v2 Base Score of 4.3 and a v3.0 Base Score of 6.1. Most XSS vulnerabilities will experience a similar CVSS Base Score increase.

Until now, Oracle has used a proprietary Partial+ metric value for v2 impacts when a vulnerability "affects a wide range of resources, e.g., all database tables, or compromises an entire application or subsystem". We felt this extra information was useful because v2 always scores vulnerabilities relative to the "target host", but in cases where a host's main purpose is to run a single application, Oracle felt that a total compromise of that application warrants more than Partial. In v3.0, impacts are scored relative to the vulnerable component (assuming no scope change), so a total compromise of an application now leads to High impacts. Therefore, most Oracle vulnerabilities scored with Partial+ impacts under v2 are likely to be rated with High impacts and therefore more precise v3.0 Base scores. For example, CVE-2015-1098 has a v2 Base score of 6.8 and a v3.0 Base score of 7.8. This is a good indication of the differences we are likely to see. Refer to the CVSS v3.0 list of examples for more details on score this vulnerability.

Overall, Oracle expects v3.0 Base scores to be higher than v2, but bear in mind that v2 scores are always relative to the "target host", whereas v3.0 scores are relative to the vulnerable component, or the impacted component if there is a scope change. In other words, CVSS v3.0 will provide a better indication of the relative severity of vulnerabilities because it better reflects the true impact of the vulnerability being rated in software components such as database servers or middleware.


For More Information

The CVSS v3.0 documents are located on FIRST's web site at http://www.first.org/cvss/

Oracle's use of CVSS [version 2], including a fuller explanation of Partial+ is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cvssscoringsystem-091884.html

My previous blog post on CVSS v3.0 preview is located at https://blogs.oracle.com/security/entry/cvss_version_3_0_preview

Eric Maurice's blog post on Oracle's use of CVSS v2 is located at https://blogs.oracle.com/security/entry/understanding_the_common_vulne_2

July 2015 Critical Patch Update Released

Tue, 2015-07-14 13:59

Hello, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle today released the July 2015 Critical Patch Update. The Critical Patch Update program is Oracle’s primary mechanism for the release of security fixes across all Oracle products, including security fixes intended to address vulnerabilities in third-party components included in Oracle’s product distributions.

The July 2015 Critical Patch Update provides fixes for 193 new security vulnerabilities across a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Communications Applications, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, and Oracle MySQL.

Out of these 193 fixes, 44 are for third-party components included in Oracle products distributions (e.g., Qemu, Glibc, etc.)

This Critical Patch Update provides 10 fixes for the Oracle Database, and 2 of the Database vulnerabilities fixed in today’s Critical Patch Update are remotely exploitable without authentication. The most severe of these database vulnerabilities has received a CVSS Base Score of 9.0 for the Windows platform and 6.5 for Linux and Unix platforms. This vulnerability (CVE-2015-2629) reflects the availability of new Java fixes for the Java VM in the database.

With this Critical Patch Update, Oracle Fusion Middleware receives 39 new security fixes, 36 of which are for vulnerabilities which are remotely exploitable without authentication. The highest CVSS Base Score for these Fusion Middleware vulnerabilities is 7.5.

This Critical Patch Update also includes a number of fixes for Oracle applications. Oracle E-Business Suite gets 13 fixes, Oracle Supply Chain Suite gets 7, PeopleSoft Enterprise gets 8, and Siebel gets 5 fixes. Rounding up this list are 2 fixes for the Oracle Commerce Platform.

The Oracle Communications Applications receive 2 new security fixes. The highest CVSS Base Score for these vulnerabilities is 10.0, this score is for vulnerability CVE-2015-0235, which affects Glibc, a component used in the Oracle Communications Session Border Controller. Note that this same Glibc vulnerability is also addressed in a number of Oracle Sun Systems products.

Also included in this Critical Patch Update are 25 fixes Oracle Java SE. 23 of these Java SE vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication. 16 of these Java SE fixes are for Java client-only, including one fix for the client installation of Java SE. 5 of the Java fixes are for client and server deployment. One fix is specific to the Mac platform. And 4 fixes are for JSSE client and server deployments. Please note that this Critical Patch Update also addresses a recently announced 0-day vulnerability (CVE-2015-2590), which was being reported as actively exploited in the wild.

This Critical Patch Update addresses 25 vulnerabilities in Oracle Berkeley DB, and none of these vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication. The highest CVSS Base score reported for these vulnerabilities is 6.9.

Note that the CVSS standard was recently updated to version 3.0. In a previous blog entry, Darius Wiles highlighted some of the enhancements introduced by this new version. Darius will soon publish another blog entry to discuss this updated CVSS standard and its implication for Oracle’s future security advisories. Note that the CVSS Base Score reported in the risk matrices in today’s Critical Patch Update were based on CVSS v2.0.

For More Information:

The July 2015 Critical Patch Update advisory is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujul2015-2367936.html

The Oracle Software Security Assurance web site is located at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/assurance

Security Alert CVE-2015-3456 Released

Fri, 2015-05-15 13:52

Hi, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle just released Security Alert CVE-2015-3456 to address the recently publicly disclosed VENOM vulnerability, which affects various virtualization platforms. This vulnerability results from a buffer overflow in the QEMU's virtual Floppy Disk Controller (FDC).

While the vulnerability is not remotely exploitable without authentication, its successful exploitation could provide the malicious attacker, who has privileges to access the FDC on a guest operating system, with the ability to completely take over the targeted host system. As a result, a successful exploitation of the vulnerability can allow a malicious attacker with the ability to escape the confine of the virtual environment for which he/she had privileges for. This vulnerability has received a CVSS Base Score of 6.2.

Oracle has decided to issue this Security Alert based on a number of factors, including the potential impact of a successful exploitation of this vulnerability, the amount of detailed information publicly available about this flaw, and initial reports of exploit code already “in the wild.” Oracle further recommends that customers apply the relevant fixes as soon as they become available.

Oracle has also published a list of Oracle products that may be affected by this vulnerability. This list will be updated as fixes become available.

The Oracle Security and Development teams are also working with the Oracle Cloud teams to ensure that the Oracle Cloud teams can evaluate these fixes as they become available and be able to apply the relevant patches in accordance with applicable change management processes in these organizations.

For More Information:

The Security Alert Advisory is located at

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alert-cve-2015-3456-2542656.html

The list of Oracle products that may be affected by this vulnerability is published at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/venom-cve-2015-3456-2542653.html

April 2015 Critical Patch Update Released

Tue, 2015-04-14 14:17

Hello, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle today released the April 2015 Critical Patch Update. The predictable nature of the Critical Patch Update program is intended to provide customers the ability to plan for the application of security fixes across all Oracle products. Critical Patch Updates are released quarterly in the months of January, April, July, and October. Unfortunately, Oracle continues to periodically receive reports of active exploitation of vulnerabilities that have already been fixed by Oracle in previous Critical Patch Update releases. In some instances, malicious attacks have been successful because customers failed to apply Critical Patch Updates. The “Critical” in the designation of the Critical Patch Update program is intended to highlight the importance of the fixes distributed through the program. Oracle highly recommends that customers apply these Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible. Note that Critical Patch Updates are cumulative for most Oracle products. As a result, the application of the most recent Critical Patch Update brings customers to the most recent security release, and addresses all previously-addressed security flaws for these products. The Critical Patch Update release schedule for the next 12 calendar months is published on Oracle’s Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin page on Oracle.com.

The April 2015 Critical Patch Update provides 98 new fixes for security issues across a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Industry Applications, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle MySQL, and Oracle Support Tools.

Out of these 98 new fixes, 4 are for the Oracle Database. None of the database vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication. The most severe of the database vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-0457) has received a CVSS Base Score 9.0 only for Windows for Database versions prior to 12c. This Base Score is 6.5 for Database 12c on Windows and for all versions of Database on Linux, Unix and other platforms. This vulnerability is related to the presence of the Java Virtual Machine in the database.

17 of the vulnerabilities fixed in this Critical Patch Update are for Oracle Fusion Middleware. 12 of these Fusion Middleware vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication, and the highest reported CVSSS Base Score is 10.0. This CVSS10.0 Base Score is for CVE-2015-0235 (a.k.a. GHOST which affects the GNU libc library) affecting the Oracle Exalogic Infrastructure.

This Critical Patch Update also delivers 14 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE. 11 of these Java SE fixes are for client-only (i.e., these vulnerabilities can be exploited only through sandboxed Java Web Start applications and sandboxed Java applets). Two apply to JSSE client and Server deployments and 1 to Java client and Server deployments. The Highest CVSS Base Score reported for these vulnerabilities is 10.0 and this score applies to 3 of the Java vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-0469, CVE-2015-0459, and CVE-2015-0491).

For Oracle Applications, this Critical Patch Update provides 4 new fixes for Oracle E-Business Suite , 7 for Oracle Supply Chain Suite, 6 for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, 1 for Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, 1 for Oracle Siebel CRM, 2 for the Oracle Commerce Platform, and 2 for Oracle Retail Industry Suite, and 1 for Oracle Health Sciences Applications.

Finally, this Critical Patch Update provides 26 new fixes for Oracle MySQL. 4 of the MySQL vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication and the maximum CVSS Base Score for the MySQL vulnerabilities is 10.0.

As stated at the beginning of this blog, Oracle recommends that customers consistently apply Critical Patch Update as soon as possible. The security fixes provided through the Critical Patch Update program are thoroughly tested to ensure that they do not introduce regressions across the Oracle stack. Extensive documentation is available on the My Oracle Support Site and customers are encouraged to contact Oracle Support if they have questions about how to best deploy the fixes provided through the Critical Patch Update program.

For More Information:

The April 2015 Critical Patch Update advisory is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuapr2015-2365600.html

The Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin page is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html

The Oracle Software Security Assurance web site is located at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/assurance/overview/index.html. Oracle’s vulnerability handling policies and practices are described at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/assurance/vulnerability-remediation/introduction/index.html