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More trouble looming for Oracle? - Black Hat is next week - there are 4 talks about Oracle Security

In the wake of Alex Kornbrusts advisories yesterday follows the Black Hat USA 2005 conference in Las Vegas starting next week. Four of the presenters (That I know of) will be talking about Oracle security issues. Some of these look like they may also be controversial.

Judging by the number of news articles published (I have never seen to many about one Oracle security issue - I still have a list of quite a few more that I will report here later) about Alex's advisories I would say Oracle could do without any new revelations next week. The Black Hat briefings have been used in the past to disclose Oracle vulnerabilities.

The four speakers are:

Alexander Kornbrust : Circumvent Oracle’s Database Encryption and Reverse Engineering of Oracle Key Management Algorithms - Alex will talk about the architectural flaws in Oracles database encryption packages DBMS_CRYPTO and DBMS_OBFUSCATION_TOOLKIT. Alex will show how the encryption key can be "sniffed" and also if a flexible key algorithm is used how the algorithms can be reverse engineered.

Esteban Martínez Fayó : Advanced SQL Injection in Oracle Databases - Esteban will talk about new ways to attack Oracle databases and advanced SQL injection in particular. He will also show how to see the internal PL/SQL code in Oracle built in procedures that is vulnerable. he will show some attacks and also how to protect from them

Cesar Cerrudo : Demystifying MS SQL Server & Oracle Database Server Security - Cesar will talk about the security differences between MS SQL Server and Oracle and talk about how each vendor deals with security issues and patches.

David Litchfield : All New Ø-Day - Details of David's talk are not on the Black Hat site but I can be sure that he will talk about Oracle as he usually does. David has a wild card and doesn't usually announce what he will talk about. I thought I heard that he will talk about patch management - but I cannot remember from where - maybe this is true with his recent discovery about CPU April 2005.