Securing packaged software such as the Oracle E-Business Suite presents different challenges than securing bespoke custom software. Unlike custom software, both the structure of and the security vulnerabilities of the Oracle E-Business Suite are well known and documented, not only to users but also to threat actors. To begin an attack, limited probing and/or reconnaissance is needed because threat actors know exactly what to target and what to expect. This also makes the Oracle E-Business Suite, like other ERP platforms, vulnerable to automated attacks.
With the upcoming on-premise release of Oracle Database 188.8.131.52, Oracle has updated the Critical Patch Update (CPU) security patch end dates for 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11. Currently (as of January 2017), only 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 are supported for CPUs.
The CPU end-dates, which correspond with the end of Extended Support, have been extended to October 2020 for 126.96.36.199 and July 2021 for 188.8.131.52. The first year of extended support for both versions is free until December 2018 for 184.108.40.206 and July 2019 for 220.127.116.11.
Oracle has fixed 250 security vulnerabilities in the Oracle E-Business Suite from January 2016 to January 2017. The past five Oracle Critical Update Updates (CPU) have included double or triple digit number of fixes for Oracle E-Business Suite. Almost all these security vulnerabilities are exploitable in all versions of Oracle E-Business Suite including 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. Many of the 250 security vulnerabilities fixed are high risk vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), XML external entity attacks, and privilege escalation.
As of December 2016, Oracle has extended Critical Patch Update (CPU) support for Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 until October 2017 for additional fee Tier 1 support/Advanced Contract Support (ACS) customers. Starting with the April 2016 Critical Patch Update (CPU), Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 CPU patches are only available for customers with Tier 1/ACS support contracts. See My Oracle Support Note ID 1596629.1 for more information.
For those clients using Oracle Discoverer, especially those using Discoverer with the Oracle E-Business Suite for financial reporting, the October 2016 Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) include a high-risk vulnerability reported by Integrigy Corporation. CVE-2016-5495 is a vulnerability with the Discoverer EUL Code and Schema and has a base score 7.5. Integrigy believes this vulnerability affects all versions of Discoverer used with the Oracle E-Business Suite and that the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of reports are at risk.
Starting with the April 2016 Critical Patch Update (CPU), Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 CPU patches are only available for customers with additional fee Tier 1 support contracts. As of December 2016, no more CPU patches are available for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i. October 2016 is the last CPU patch for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i. For 12.0, the last CPU patch was October 2015.
The list of Oracle Database versions supported for Critical Patch Updates (CPU) is getting shorter and shorter. Starting with the October 2016 CPU, only 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 are supported. In order to apply CPU security patches for all other Oracle versions, the database must be upgraded to 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52. As these are terminal database releases, the final CPU patch for 184.108.40.206 is July 2021 and for 220.127.116.11 is October 2020. For those who have not yet applied 12c CPU patches, only Patch Set Updates (PSU) are available which include both security fixes and a la
The Data Mover allows for total manipulation of data within PeopleSoft. You can use it to transfer data among PeopleSoft databases, regardless of operating system and database vendor. To state that Data Mover scripts need to be carefully secured is an understatement – the security of Data Mover scripts and activities must be HIGHLY secured.
When performing a PeopleSoft security audit Integrigy carefully reviews batch processing activity generated through the Process Scheduler. Of particular focus is who has access to administer the Process Scheduler and reviewing batch jobs to identify where jobs are being run with super user privileges.
To look today at your environment for who has access to manage the Process Scheduler, the following can be used:
When performing a PeopleSoft security audit, reconciling users should be one of the first tasks. This includes default accounts created through the installation of PeopleSoft as well as user accounts associated with staff, vendors and customers.
The following are several of the topics that Integrigy investigates during our PeopleSoft security configuration assessments - take a look today at your settings:
Jolt along with Tuxedo supports PeopleSoft web requests. Specifically, Jolt is the layer between the application server and the web server. It is also described as a Java-enabled version of Tuxedo.
When performing a PeopleSoft security audit, Integrigy reviews in detail the PeopleSoft Jot security settings to ensure they are set per best practice recommendations. To do this yourself, use the table below to review your settings. These settings should also be regularly reviewed to ensure against configuration drift.
When performing a PeopleSoft security audit, Integrigy reviews in detail the PeopleSoft Web Portal security settings to ensure they are set per best practice recommendations. To do this yourself, use the table below to review your settings.
These settings should also be regularly reviewed to ensure against configuration drift.
Protection of sensitive data while at-rest, in-motion or in-use all need to be addressed as part of a holistic security strategy. This includes both Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as well as sensitive PeopleSoft system configurations.
When performing a PeopleSoft security audit, Integrigy reviews the use and implementation of encryption within all components of the PeopleSoft technology stack. This includes the following, all which are critical. Review yours today and contact Integrigy with any questions.
PeopleSoft Public users are not required to authenticate (sign on). These are generic accounts created for specific purposes, for example informational pages and/or company directories. Public users are also not subject to timeouts (session inactivity). Because no authentication is required, no sensitive data should be accessible to these users. It also goes without saying, that if you don’t need Public accounts, don’t use them.
Oracle has released support for TLS 1.2 in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2. Previously, Oracle E-Business Suite only supported SSLv3 and TLS 1.0, which are no longer approved for use with Federal systems and are not PCI-DSS compliant as of June 2014. For TLS 1.2 support, new My Oracle Support (MOS) documents are available:
Enabling TLS in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (Doc ID 1367293.1)
Enabling TLS in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 (Doc ID 376700.1)