source: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/5678/info The Oracle TNS Listener program is a remote connectivity service for Oracle Databases. Under some circumstances, it may be possible for a remote user to crash TNS Listener service. By connecting to the service, and issuing the SERVICE_CURLOAD command, the service becomes unstable. It has been reported that this will cause the listenering to stop responding to connections, and also crash after the command is issued. "(CONNECT_DATA=(COMMAND=SERVICE_CURLOAD))"