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Oracle Zero-Day Flaw Project Cancelled 61

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Benny Folds writes "Cesar Cerrudo of Argeniss has suddenly cancelled plans to release daily zero-day flaws in Oracle databases during the first week in December. Just days before the project was due to start, Cerrudo announced that 'due to many problems,' the WoODB (Week of Oracle Database Bugs) is being scrapped. He did not elaborate on the reasons for the cancellation."
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Oracle Zero-Day Flaw Project Cancelled

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  • oracle (Score:4, Funny)

    by crushkill (750473) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @02:56PM (#17037502)
    he probably wanted to focus more on family issues, since its christmas season
    • Re:oracle (Score:4, Funny)

      by icebike (68054) * on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @06:00PM (#17040612)
      Or equally likely, the mysterious packet slipped under his door at
      midnight with pictures of his loved ones photographed through
      that sniper scope sort of changed his priorities.

      Why is that same white van parked across the street again...
  • by Anonymous Coward
    The fully patched oracle backend to their web server crashed and it just appears the project is off.
  • LOL (Score:5, Funny)

    by 1001011010110101 (305349) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @02:57PM (#17037520)
    1. Start a security consulting firm
    2. Request 0 day vulnerabilities from everyone for an event
    3. Cancel Event
    4. Profit!
    • Re:LOL (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Josh Lindenmuth (1029922) <joshlindenmuth.gmail@com> on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:01PM (#17037592) Journal
      Seems like this was his plan from the beginning. I can't imagine he would risk his clients' security by releasing all these bugs ... he already got tons of publicity from /. and elsewhere.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I can't imagine he would risk his clients' security by releasing all these bugs ...

        It may surprise you to learn that some of us pay security consultancies to find bugs in software we use [siebel.com]. I don't really care if they then spray them all over milw0rm [milw0rm.org] or keep them quiet for use in their next pen-test; I can make an informed decision on whether to use it, and if so, what sort of controls to include to cover the risk.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by rs232 (849320)
      1. Start a security consulting firm
      2. Request 0 day vulnerabilities from everyone for an event
      3. Get threatened with litigation
      4. Cancel Event

      "[We] do not credit security researchers who disclose the existence of vulnerabilities before a fix is available. We consider such practices, including disclosing "zero day" exploits, to be irresponsible as they can result in needlessly exposing customers to risk of attack ", Eric Maurice

      "Oracle might have caught a break with Cerrudo but the upcoming release
  • If only (Score:4, Funny)

    by vga_init (589198) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @02:58PM (#17037546) Journal

    If only they would cancel the production of flaws too. :-/

    • by Barryke (772876)
      But .. that's what the article already said:

      "Cesar Cerrudo of Argeniss has suddenly CANCELLED PLANS TO RELEASE DAILY ZERO-DAY FLAWS in Oracle databases during the first week in December."

      I'm thrilled. Still sticking with mySQL though.
  • Mission Accomplished (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Salvance (1014001) * on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @02:59PM (#17037558) Homepage Journal
    Sounds like he got what he wanted: publicity and a response from Oracle (hopefully with some better responsiveness to bugs on their part in the future). Why anger his clients if he has already received the desired response?
  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:03PM (#17037612)
    One reason may have been the scary looking bearded dude holding a samurai sword staring at him through the window every day...

    • One reason may have been the scary looking bearded dude holding a samurai sword staring at him through the window every day...

      Seems a reasonable concern, given we all know what happened to the head of Siebel [slashdot.org].

    • by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:43PM (#17038312) Homepage Journal
      This isn't too hard to figure out. Look at the announcement retraction page. See that field of seemingly unimportant binary numbers in the background? Run it through OCR and take the digits as sets of 16-bit big-endian numbers, and you come up with the following numbers: 17,21,39,76,203,230,238,245,279. Now, look at the letters at each of those positions in the announcement and you get:

      The Week of OracLe DAtabase Bugs

      We aRe sad to announce that due to many pRoblems the Week of Oracle Database Bugs gets suspended.

      We would like to ask for apologizes to people who supported this and were reallY excited with the idea, alSo we woUld likE to thank the people who contributeD with Oracle vulnerabilities.


      Coincidence? Yeah, sure.
      • by jackspenn (682188)
        You are a regular Dan Brown.
  • Larry Ellison (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Cally (10873) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:08PM (#17037700) Homepage
    ...probably made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
  • by stox (131684) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:08PM (#17037706) Homepage
    had nothing to do with it. They were just trying to let him know about a new life insurance plan.
  • So has he (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Timesprout (579035) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:10PM (#17037748)
    provided details of these supposed exploits to Oracle yet?
  • Two words.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by 8127972 (73495) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:15PM (#17037834)
    ..... Lawsuit threat
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by LurkerXXX (667952)
      Yup. Most likely.

      It'd be a shame if he put his list of flaws in an Oracle Database running on the net... and someone hacked it and published them anonymously...

      It wouldn't be his fault at all, so he'd be immune from their lawsuits at that point, and still get them out there.
  • He must've been one of the few people fortunate to snag a PS3 during the Black Friday rush...
  • by User 956 (568564) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:19PM (#17037886) Homepage
    Cesar Cerrudo of Argeniss has suddenly cancelled plans to release daily zero-day flaws in Oracle databases during the first week in December.

    I think the phone call with Oracle went like this: "Hi, Is this Cesar? Yeah, this is Oracle. We found a suitcase full of money, we think it belongs to you."
  • "Due to this new lack of poverty, er I mean bugs, the oracle bug project has been cancelled."
  • Oracle (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RAMMS+EIN (578166) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:30PM (#17038080) Homepage Journal
    Consider the hostile position Oracle takes when it comes to publishing benchmark results, I would not at all be surprised if they had an even more hostile position regarding publishing vulnerabilities.
  • by madsheep (984404) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:45PM (#17038358) Homepage
    Well it's obvious why it had to be cancelled guys. When you have a week that's 7 days long and you can only come up with 6 bugs, you've got to cancel the things. Imagine the embarassment of starting on Sunday.. getting to Saturday and being one short.
  • Simple (Score:5, Funny)

    by Billosaur (927319) * <wgrother@HORSEop ... minus herbivore> on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @03:50PM (#17038442) Journal

    Larry Ellison assured him there were no flaws in Oracle.

  • by BSAlert (972201)
    I heard his gold level support expired and his database system crashed and he couldn't recover the list of bugs.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    This is obviously due to legal threats from Oracle towards Cerrudo.

    It's not as if database hacking isn't still the easiest way to compromise a server.
    The DBA's are angry about 0-day exploits being released as they don't want to do what they are payed for: Keep the server current.
    Oracle is angry because it makes them look worse as their competition, which is maybe even true. Hey... the database is vastly known for its complexity and we techies all know how much security and complexity like one another.
    Findin
  • I thought that Oracle has a number of unpatched zero-days already.
  • Maybe we should create a communal top-ten?

    1) His Oracle XE database of bugs crashed
    2) He looked on Metalink and found them all listed under "fixed in 11g"

    et al...
  • I am simply amazed by the Oracle sales force. These guys must tell an amazing story when they make the final presentation to big wigs, because they land multi-million dollar contracts and promise the world...always to fall very short of the intended outcome.


    Every single company I've worked for or interacted with that chose to go with Oracle has been driven into the ground during the roll-out and for months, sometime years after the fact with system failures. I've actually seen a few go completely out o
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Angvaw (992553)
      Yeah, the Oracle Database totally destroyed eBay, Amazon, The Sims Online, World of Warcraft...
    • by TobiasS (967473)
      This type of stuff typically happens when you buy into overzealous DBA's that want to transform your DB into an app server instead of just treating it as a place to store your data properly.

      I am sure back in the day a fair amount of overselling was going on as well which can break your wallet with Oracle.
  • Can we call bullshit now?
  • by belphegore (66832) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @07:19PM (#17041732) Homepage
    Obviously, his list of exploits to be published was stored in an Oracle DB, which got hacked.
  • Slag off Oracle and its security record, and then back down without giving a reason. It is OK to slag off Oracle but when you back down it is OK not to give reasons?

    Weak.

    That said, perhaps he took the sensible line and told Oracle about any flaws he may have had, they will fix them and the consumer wins.
  • by sp3298622 (800612) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @11:23PM (#17044302) Homepage
    L: Cesar, Listen, there are no vulnerabilities in Oracle - Cancel your show
    C: No bugs!? You're kidding, I have had so many submissions, I might have to extend it to a month!
    Receptionist: Cesar, you're wife is in line two, something about the power at home being off, do you want to take it now?
    C: Just a sec, I am giving our old buddy here the low-down
    L: As I was saying, there are NO vulnerabilities
    C: what are you talking about, I just said...
    Receptionist: Cesar, it's Bobby on line three, he's asking if it's ok if he goes and plays with this new friend he met?
    C: What new friend? he's home sick today! I'll take it in a minute.
    L: So about those vulnerabilities, you sure about that?
    C: Larry, you must be living in LA LA Land, what don't you understand?
    Receptionist: Cesar, it's your mom on Line four, she's saying thanks for arranging the nice social worker and he's going to take her for a quiet relaxing walk.
    C: social worker? I don't remember anything about that, ask her to ...
    L: Cesar, I don't think you understand.
    C: I don't understand?! you are the who doesn't understand, I am going to disclose every single...
    Receptionist: Cesar, Your dad just called to ask where exactly is that restaurant he's suppose to meet you for lunch at 12?
    C: Lunch? I am going to see him tomorrow for dinner..
    L: Optimistic fella you are ol' Cesar.
    C: hmm, well actually now that you mention it, there weren't really that many submissions.
    L: Well, are we still on for Golf then?

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