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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams


Problem: The virus exploits a vulnerability in a Windows Oracle SQL*Net or Oracle*Net client, allowing an unauthorized Oracle user to gain root privileges on the UNIX Oracle database server.  The virus then places a malicious Trojan executable on the server. 

CVR References: 41-20374, 75-28365.

Platforms Impacted:  Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, AIX and HP UNIX.

Vulnerability Assessment: The risk is HIGH. The virus software allows the Oracle SYSDBA user to gain unauthorized root privileges and can cause serious loss of production service.

The virus spreads between Oracle servers using the UNIX e-mail gateway. These messages can be detected by their distinctive subject lines 'GENERIC VIAGRA', and 'GROW YOUR THINGY'.

Hallmarks of the Oracle virus include:

- It will rewrite your RMAN Oracle backup files, changing all active verbs to a passive voice and introducing undetectable misspellings into all text.

- You may see a variation on the “Oprah Winfrey” virus where your SYSTEM tablespace suddenly shrinks to 20 Meg, and then slowly expands-out to over 500 Meg.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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