Trigger Abuse of MDSYS.SDO_TOPO_DROP_FTBL in Oracle 10g R1 and R2

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2009-01-16T00:00:00


NGSSoftware Insight Security Research Advisory

Name: Trigger abuse of MDSYS.SDO_TOPO_DROP_FTBL Systems Affected: Oracle 10g R1 and R2 ( and Severity: High Vendor URL: Author: David Litchfield [ ] Reported: 23rd July 2008 Date of Public Advisory: 13th January 2009 Advisory number: #NISR13012009 CVE: CVE-2008-3979


Oracle has just released a fix for a flaw that, when exploited, allows a low privileged authenticated database user to gain MDSYS privileges. This can be abused by an attacker to perform actions as the MDSYS user.


MDSYS.SDO_TOPO_DROP_FTBL is one of the triggers that forms part of the Oracle Spatial Application. It is vulnerable to SQL injection. When a user drops a table the trigger fires. The name of the table is embedded in a dynamic SQL query which is then executed by the trigger. Note that the Oracle advisory states that the attacker requires the DROP TABLE and CREATE PROCEDURE privileges. This is not the case and only CREATE SESSION privileges are required.

Fix Information

Oracle was alerted to this flaw on the 23rd July 2008. A patch has now been made available:

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