Testing for DB Listener (OWASP-CM-002)
The Data base listener is a network daemon unique to Oracle databases. It waits for connection requests from remote clients. This daemon can be compromised and hence affect the availability of the database.
Description of the Issue
The DB listener is the entry point for remote connections to an Oracle database. It listens for connection requests and handles them accordingly. This test is possible, if the tester can access to this service: that means the test should be done from the Intranet (major Oracle installation don't expose this service to the external network).
The listener by default listens on port 1521, it is good practice to change the listener from this port to another arbitary port number.
If this listener is "turned off" remote acess to the database is not possible. If this is the case ones application would fail also creating a denial of service attack.
Potential areas of attack:
- Stop the Listener - Hence creating a DoS attack.
- Set a password and prevent others from controlling the Listener - Hijack the DB.
- Write trace and log files to any file accessible to the process owner of tnslnsr (usually Oracle) - Possible information leakage.
- Obtain detailed information on the Listener, database, and application configuration.
Black Box testing and example
Upon discovering the port on which the listener resides one can assess the listener by running a tool developed by Integrigy:
The tool above checks the following:
Listener Password On many Oracle systems the listener password may not be set. The tool above verifies this. If the password is not set an attacker could set the password and hijack the listener, albeit the password can be removed by locally editing the Listener.ora file.
Enable Logging The tool above also tests to see if logging has been enabled. If it has not one would not detect any change to the listener/or have a record of it and also detection of brute force attacks on the listener would not be audited.
If Admin restrictions are not enabled it is possible to use the "SET" commands remotley.
If you find a TCP/1521 open port on a server, maybe you have an Oracle Listener that accepts connections from the outside. If the listener is not protected by an authentication mechanism, or you can find easily a credential (as said above), it is possible to exploit this vulnerability to enumerate the Oracle services. For example, using LSNRCTL(.exe) (contained in every Client Oracle installation), you can obtain the following output:
TNSLSNR for 32-bit Windows: Version 184.108.40.206.0 - Production TNS for 32-bit Windows: Version 220.127.116.11.0 - Production Oracle Bequeath NT Protocol Adapter for 32-bit Windows: Version 18.104.22.168.0 - Production Windows NT Named Pipes NT Protocol Adapter for 32-bit Windows: Version 22.214.171.124.0 - Production Windows NT TCP/IP NT Protocol Adapter for 32-bit Windows: Version 126.96.36.199.0 - Production,, SID(s): SERVICE_NAME = CONFDATA SID(s): INSTANCE_NAME = CONFDATA SID(s): SERVICE_NAME = CONFDATAPDB SID(s): INSTANCE_NAME = CONFDATA SID(s): SERVICE_NAME = CONFORGANIZ SID(s): INSTANCE_NAME = CONFORGANIZ
The Oracle Listener permits to enumerate default users on Oracle Server:
Username Password OUTLN OUTLN DBSNMP DBSNMP BACKUP BACKUP MONITOR MONITOR PDB CHANGE_ON_INSTALL
In this case, we have not founded privileged DBA accounts, but OUTLN and BACKUP accounts hold a fundimantal pivilege: EXECUTE ANY PROCEDURE. That means that it is possible to execute all procedures, for exemple the following:
The execution of this command permit to obtain DBA privileges. Now the user can interact directly with the DB and execute for example:
select * from session_privs ;
The output is the following screenshot:
So the user can now execute a lot of operations, in particular: DELETE ANY TABLE DROP ANY TABLE.
Gray Box testing and example
Testing for Topic X vulnerabilities:
- TNS Listener tool (Perl) - http://www.jammed.com/%7Ejwa/hacks/security/tnscmd/tnscmd-doc.html
- Toad for Oracle - http://www.quest.com/toad
OWASP Testing Guide v2
Here is the OWASP Testing Guide v2 Table of Contents