Category Archives: security

PLS-00201 in stored procedures

When you grant table access thru a role, you cannot use that role in a stored procedure or view.

create role r;

create user u1 identified by ***;
grant create procedure, create session to u1;

create user u2 identified by ***;
grant create procedure, create session, r to u2;

conn u1/***
create procedure u1.p1 is begin null; end; 

grant execute on u1.p1 to r;

conn u2/***

create procedure u2.p2 is begin u1.p1; end; 

sho err procedure u2.p2

Errors for PROCEDURE U2.P2:

----- -------------------------------------------
1/26  PL/SQL: Statement ignored
1/26  PLS-201: identifier U1.P1 must be declared

However, If i run it in an anonymous block, it works

  procedure p2 is 

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

But this only works when my role is active. If my role is no longer active, then it obviously fails.

set role none;

  procedure p2 is 
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-06550: line 4, column 5:
PLS-00201: identifier 'U1.P1' must be declared
ORA-06550: line 4, column 5:
PL/SQL: Statement ignored

It is all written in the doc,

All roles are disabled in any named PL/SQL block (stored procedure, function, or trigger) that executes with definer’s rights

I knew the behavior but not the reason behind it. Thanks to Bryn for bringing me so much knowledge on plsql.

ssl version

I wrote about ssl version in jdbc thin yesterday

The default version also no longer works for the thick client with 12c client and 11g Server.

With 11gR2 :

TNS Ping Utility for 64-bit Windows: Version
OK (100 msec)

with 12cR1 :

TNS Ping Utility for 64-bit Windows: Version
TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error

in trace file I see

ntzgsvp: no SSL version specified - using default version 0
ntzdosecneg: SSL handshake failed with error 29048.
ntzCreateConnection: returning NZ error 29048 in result structure
ntzCreateConnection: failed with error 542
nserror: nsres: id=0, op=65, ns=12560, ns2=0; nt[0]=29048, nt[1]=542, nt[2]=0; ora[0]=29048, ora[1]=0, ora[2]=0

I could not see this as a documented change yet, but if you force ssl_version to be 3.0, both client versions works

TNS Ping Utility for 64-bit Windows: Version
OK (80 msec)
C:> find "version" tnsping.trc sqlnet.ora

---------- TNSPING.TRC
nlstddp_dump_ptable:   ssl_version = 3.0
ntzGetStringParameter: found value for "ssl_version" configuration parameter: "3.0"

---------- SQLNET.ORA

TCPS and SSLv2Hello

Thanks to platform independence, the same java code work on different platforms.

import java.util.Properties;
import java.sql.*;

public class KeyStore {
  public static void main(String argv[]) 
      throws SQLException {
    String url="jdbc:oracle:thin:@(DESCRIPTION="+
    Properties props = new Properties();
    props.setProperty("user", "scott");
    props.setProperty("password", "tiger");
      new oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver());
    Connection conn = 
      DriverManager.getConnection(url, props);
    ResultSet res = conn.prepareCall("select "+
       "') txt from dual").
    System.out.println("PROTOCOL: "+

The code above perfectly works with Linux and Windows.

Okay, in AIX you will get IllegalArgumentException SSLv2Hello at if you don’t add


The default does not work with the Oracle AIX client. Just set it to 1.0 and 3.0 and you will be a bit less plateform-dependent

check if using tcps part II

in your current session, as written there, check sys_context('USERENV', 'NETWORK_PROTOCOL')

in another session, you could grab some hints out of the network service banner. Do the maths, when it is not-not using ssl, it probably is…

select sid,program,
  case when program not like 'ora___@% (P%)' then
  (select max(case
      then 'TCP'
when NETWORK_SERVICE_BANNER like '%Bequeath%' 
      then 'BEQUEATH'
      then 'IPC'
      then 'SDP'
      then 'Named pipe'
      then 'TCPS' end)
    where i.sid=s.sid) end protocol
  from v$session s;

---------- --------------- --------
       415 sqlplus(TNS V1- BEQUEATH
       396 sqlplus(TNS V1- IPC     
         6 Toad            TCP     
         9 Toad            TCPS    
         1 oracle(DIAG)            
       403 Toad            TCP     

The long long route to Kerberos

If you want to single-sign-on to your database with your Windows credentials, be aware, it is hard! But the benefit is quite valuable, no more saved password on the client, central password management and user expiration, compliance to the security guidelines, and at no extra cost

Landscape for my setup

  • One PC with Windows (PC01.EXAMPLE.COM)
  • One DB Server with Unix (DBSRV01.EXAMPLE.COM)
  • One Microsoft Active Directory Server (MSAD01.EXAMPLE.COM)


  • user01

Tools for troubleshooting

My Software

  • PC : Oracle Client
  • Unix : Oracle Server
  • On AD : MSAD 2008

There are a lot of buggy releases (it makes me think Oracle does not test Kerberos properly)

Some hits : : Bug 12635212 : TCP/88 is not working. : Bug 17890382 : ZTK return value: 6

Also your PC must be using Kerberos (which is the case if you login to your Active Directory). The DB server needs some client libraries (krb5.client.rte on AIX).

System changes:

  • PC : edit etc\services
    C:\> find " 88" %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\services
    kerberos   88/tcp    kerberos5 krb5 kerberos-sec  #Kerberos
    kerberos   88/udp    kerberos5 krb5 kerberos-sec  #Kerberos

  • Unix : edit /etc/services
    $ grep -w 88 /etc/services
    kerberos  88/tcp  kerberos5 krb5  # Kerberos
    kerberos  88/udp  kerberos5 krb5  # Kerberos

  • On AD : disable pre-authentication
    this option has to be set for every user, under user -> user01 -> Properties -> Account -> Account options -> Select “Do not require Kerberos preauthentication”

Those are quite painful. There is a bug 2458563 fixed in (whatever it means) that should have addressed pre-authentication. still required on apparently no longer needed with a client
Editing etc/services to add the “kerberos5″ string means you need admin rights on Windows and root on Unix.

Okay, now you need to create the config files. You probably should use Kerberos v5 MIT.

Kerberos5 was released in 1993, not sure why you want to use something older than this… Okay, for kerberos4, released in the 80’s, you would need on the PC and on the DB Server something like


Otherwise you need to specify : sqlnet.kerberos5_conf_mit=true
I have an open SR to support regarding : 12c upgrade guide
The SQLNET.KERBEROS5_CONF_MIT networking parameter is no longer supported in sqlnet.ora

Okay, here the configuration files

krb5.conf on the database server and on the PC

default_realm = EXAMPLE.COM


[domain_realm] = EXAMPLE.COM = EXAMPLE.COM

The config file location (kerberos4 or 5) is specified by sqlnet.kerberos5_conf.

There should be a technical account for your db server created on the MSAD that matched your db server.

On Active Directory, you create a user (e.g. : oracle_DBSRV01) who must not change password on first login. Then you extract the keytab with ktpass

ktpass.exe -princ oracle/ -mapuser oracle_DBSRV01 -crypto all -pass password -out c:\dbsrv01.keytab

As an Oracle DBA, you will probably ask this to another team who is used to Kerberos.

To verify it, you can list the content of the keytab

$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/oklist -k dbsrv01.keytab
Kerberos Utilities for IBM/AIX RISC System/6000: Version - Production on 16-JAN-2014 12:45:08

Copyright (c) 1996, 2013 Oracle.  All rights reserved.

Service Key Table: dbsrv01.keytab

Ver      Timestamp                    Principal
 4  01-Jan-1970 01:00:00  oracle/

The principal name must match your full qualified host name. You cannot use a DNS alias.

On your PC check for the login name :

PS> $o = New-Object DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher; 
  $o.Filter = 'servicePrincipalName=oracle/'; 

And you can verify the principal of that user

C:\> setspn -L oracle_DBSRV01
Registered ServicePrincipalNames for CN=oracle_DBSRV01,OU=MiscUsers,DC=example,DC=com

Now you’ve got your keytab, this must be on the DB Server only (and must be readable for oracle). The location is specified by SQLNET.KERBEROS5_KEYTAB.

Next step is the credential cache (CC) parameter. On your PC with the Oracle 11g client, you must set sqlnet.kerberos5_cc_name to OSMSFT://
On the server it is not neeeded. On Oracle 12c client, you must set it MSLSA:, but due to bug 17890382, it is not working yet (metalink comment : We will have to wait [...] bugs are under investigation).

But before you start, you may want to test the ticket.

On Unix, you can get the ticket with kinit and check it with klist. You need to have your configuration in /etc/krb5/krb5.conf (OS Dependent). Do not forget to destroy your credential cache with kdestroy / okdstry while testing

For the DB Server

$ /usr/krb5/bin/kinit -k -t dbsrv01.keytab oracle/
$ /usr/krb5/bin/klist
Ticket cache:  FILE:/var/krb5/security/creds/krb5cc_99
Default principal:  oracle/

Valid starting     Expires            Service principal
01/16/14 17:41:26  01/17/14 03:41:26  krbtgt/EXAMPLE.COM@EXAMPLE.COM
        Renew until 01/17/14 17:41:26

$ /usr/krb5/bin/kinit user01@EXAMPLE.COM
Password for user01@EXAMPLE.COM:
Ticket cache:  FILE:/var/krb5/security/creds/krb5cc_99
Default principal:  user01@EXAMPLE.COM

Valid starting     Expires            Service principal
01/16/14 17:35:57  01/17/14 03:35:57  krbtgt/EXAMPLE.COM@EXAMPLE.COM
        Renew until 01/17/14 17:35:57

Now we can test the okinit (oracle kinit) tool to do the same. There are some specific trace options that could be set

Here the complete sqlnet.ora on the server

TRACE_DIRECTORY_OKINIT = /var/opt/oracle/krb/cc
SQLNET.KERBEROS5_CC_NAME = /var/opt/oracle/krb/cc/krb5cc_99
SQLNET.KERBEROS5_CONF = /var/opt/oracle/krb/krb5.conf
SQLNET.KERBEROS5_KEYTAB = /var/opt/oracle/krb/dbsrv01.keytab

Note the authentication service. If kerberos is not working, you may no longer be able to log / as sysdba and also some db links may no longer work.

Also note SQLNET.AUTHENTICATION_KERBEROS5_SERVICE, which is the prefix of your principal, oracle/

Then we use okinit as we did for kinit

$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/okinit -k -t dbsrv01.keytab oracle/

Kerberos Utilities for IBM/AIX RISC System/6000: Version - Production on 16-JAN-2014 17:52:21

Copyright (c) 1996, 2013 Oracle.  All rights reserved.
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/oklist

Kerberos Utilities for IBM/AIX RISC System/6000: Version - Production on 16-JAN-2014 17:55:27

Copyright (c) 1996, 2013 Oracle.  All rights reserved.

Ticket cache: /var/opt/oracle/krb/cc/krb5cc_99
Default principal: oracle/

   Valid Starting           Expires            Principal
16-Jan-2014 17:54:30  17-Jan-2014 01:54:30  krbtgt/EXAMPLE.COM@EXAMPLE.COM

$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/okinit user01@EXAMPLE.COM

Kerberos Utilities for IBM/AIX RISC System/6000: Version - Production on 16-JAN-2014 18:15:02

Copyright (c) 1996, 2013 Oracle.  All rights reserved.

Password for user01@EXAMPLE.COM:
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/oklist

Kerberos Utilities for IBM/AIX RISC System/6000: Version - Production on 16-JAN-2014 18:15:12

Copyright (c) 1996, 2013 Oracle.  All rights reserved.

Ticket cache: /var/opt/oracle/krb/cc/krb5cc_99
Default principal: user01@EXAMPLE.COM

   Valid Starting           Expires            Principal
16-Jan-2014 18:15:06  17-Jan-2014 02:15:02  krbtgt/EXAMPLE.COM@EXAMPLE.COM

In case of error, grep for “k5″ in the trace file.

Do the same on the PC01. To test okinit, temporary change the CC cache to a file




and test as in Unix.

Some errors will be easier to find out with a network sniffer on port 88

With AIX

tcpdump -v -v port 88

On Windows
Start -> Microsoft Network Monitor -> Microsoft Network Monitor -> New capture -> Display filter

Frame.Ethernet.Ipv4.TCP.Port == 88 or Frame.Ethernet.Ipv4.UDP.Port == 88

-> Apply -> Start

If you for instance only see UDP packets but no TCP packets, you probably hit bug 12635212.

I still have some KDC_ERR_S_PRINCIPAL_UNKNOWN errors with my working setup, don’t worry about those.

Ok, now that okinit works, the next step is to log in the database.

Check the adapters on the db server

$ adapters

Installed Oracle Net transport protocols are:


Installed Oracle Net naming methods are:

    Local Naming (tnsnames.ora)
    Oracle Directory Naming
    Oracle Host Naming
    Oracle Names Server Naming
    NIS Naming

Installed Oracle Advanced Security options are:

    RC4 40-bit encryption
    RC4 56-bit encryption
    RC4 128-bit encryption
    RC4 256-bit encryption
    DES40 40-bit encryption
    DES 56-bit encryption
    3DES 112-bit encryption
    3DES 168-bit encryption
    AES 128-bit encryption
    AES 192-bit encryption
    AES 256-bit encryption
    MD5 crypto-checksumming
    SHA-1 crypto-checksumming
    Kerberos v5 authentication
    RADIUS authentication

Create the user on the database db01 on the server dbsrv01. You need to have OS_AUTHENT_PREFIX=”” and do not set REMOTE_OS_AUTHENT (if you have it set, why would you need Kerberos?)

SQL> create user user01 identified externally as '';
User created.
SQL> grant create session to user01;
Grant succeeded.

Connect from the PC

$ sqlplus -L /@db01

SQL*Plus: Release Production on Thu Jan 16 18:40:43 2014

Copyright (c) 1982, 2011, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

Connected to:
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options


This also works in Toad, SQL-Developer and other tools using the OCI thick client. Just let “User” and “Password” blank.

In SQLDeveloper, make sure you do not check Kerberos but you use OCI Thick and no username and password

There is probably a way to do it with the jdbc thin client as document in Note 1523651.1, I have not gone that far yet

Note 303436.1 : Improper format of configuration file: Remove TAB characters from KRB5.conf file. Replace with spaces.

Do you really need ASO?

If you only use the Advanced Security Option for SSL, you may not need to pay for it !

License 11.2
When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Advanced Security SSL/TLS is included.

But also
License 11.1
Network encryption (native network encryption and SSL/TLS) and strong authentication services (Kerberos, PKI, and RADIUS) are no longer part of Oracle Advanced Security and are available in all licensed editions of all supported releases of the Oracle database.

If SSL/TLS is no longer part of Advanced Security, what is then Oracle Advanced Security SSL/TLS ?

hot to bypass requiretty in sudo

You can execute it a command without password from the commande line

$ sudo -l
User lsc may run the following commands on this host:
    (root) NOPASSWD: /usr/local/bin/helloworld
$ sudo /usr/local/bin/helloworld
Hello World!

Now you try to run it via cron and you get

sudo: sorry, you must have a tty to run sudo

The message is clear, you need a terminal.

Either you edit your sudoers files to disable requiretty, or you just get yourself a terminal.

Maybe you tried to assign a pseudo terminal with ssh -t, but you may get an error if ssh has no local tty

Pseudo-terminal will not be allocated because stdin is not a terminal.

Don’t despair, read man ssh

Multiple -t options force tty allocation, even if ssh has no local tty.

Let’s try

* * * * * ssh -t -t sudo /usr/local/bin/helloworld >> /tmp/txt

This should work, providing you configured ssh keys :)

encrypt with openssl

I want to avoid cleartext password on my filesystem

I encrypt my password with a secret key

echo tiger | openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -k MyKey -out $HOME/myconfig

Whenever I call a script, I pass the secret key

sqlplus scott/$(openssl enc -d -aes-256-cbc -k MyKey -in $HOME/myconfig)

Of course you still need the key {MyKey}, but unless you have both the file AND the key, it is safe

Enhancement Request : SSL listener and OEM

#em12c still does not support SSL ! Encrypting network connection (https, ssh, sftp) is common sense in today’s business.

In Enhancement Request 6512390, Created 19-Oct-2007, the customer requested support for SSL.

Most recent update : it is postponed to 13cR2 at least !

*** 09/14/12 04:04 am DISCUSSION ***As we kick off 13c release, cleaning up the ERs. Mass updating all 13%GC% ERs to fixby 13.2GC DEFER. If you want to implement ER in 13.1GC, please update the fixby to = 13.1GC, and update all the other fields as per guidelines published.

Considering the cost of oracle advanced security option (required to get ssl), the lack of ability to influence future product enhancement is disappointing

old-hash, SHA-1, SHA-2/512

Until pretty recently, only the dubious unsalted proprietary algorithm was available to store Oracle passwords. A bunch of tool where at the time able to decode any 6-8 characters in no time, and the rainbow approach was to precalculate all possibles passwords for a specific user.

Those time are not really for away, only starting at Oracle 11g, you could have salted/case sensitive passwords. Salted means that Scott may have many different passwords keys for tiger.

 SQL> select spare4 from user$ where name='SCOTT';

SQL> alter user scott identified by tiger;

User altered.

SQL> select spare4 from user$ where name='SCOTT';

Some users may have only the 10g version (password not changed after migrating to 11g), some may have the 11g version of both, and -who knows- some may have already have SHA-2/512 passwords. SHA2 has many advantages. The chance that 2 passwords provides exactly the same string are much lower than in SHA1 (collision) and it performs twice faster on 64 bits servers.

SQL> select username, password_versions from dba_users where username like 'U_;
USERNAME                       PASSWORD
------------------------------ --------
U1                             10G
U2                             11G
U3                             10G 11G
U4                             12C

Probably you never saw this unless you are in beta 12. But actually it is documented in the 11gR2 Documentation.

12C if a new SHA-2 based SHA-512 hash exists

grant select on sys tables

I prefer to use a powerful named user with dba rather than sys. It is more conform to the security policies in place regarding accounting of administrator operations.

Very occasionaly, my user get ORA-1031 insufficient privileges even if I have the dba role.


update, 2012-07-24
For purge dba_recyclebin, you probably should purge tables individually
exec for f in(select*from dba_recyclebin where owner!='SYS' and type='TABLE')loop execute immediate 'purge table "'||f.owner||'"."'||f.object_name||'"';end loop;

For DBMS_STREAMS_AUTH, what I am actually missing, is the GRANT OPTION on some documented dba views and dbms package. So I could safely grant the grant option to my user for all sys objects that have been granted to DBA, PUBLIC and any other roles.

Kind of

create table scott.t as 
  select distinct owner,table_name,privilege 
  from dba_tab_privs t 
  where privilege not in ('USE','DEQUEUE') and owner='SYS' ;
  for f in(select * from scott.t) loop 
    execute immediate 
      'grant '||f.privilege||' on "'||f.owner||'"."'
        ||f.table_name||'" to scott with grant option'; 
  end loop;

It is better to not select from dba_tab_privs directly, as executing immediate while opening the cursor may have unexpected side effects.

This may help you to increase your security by reducing your connections as sys.

xhost+ security hole part 2

Five years ago I wrote xhost+ is a huge security hole, I turned out red this morning when my neighbour sent me a smiley via X.

Do I really want everyone to have full access to my screen? No, I don’t. And I don’t do xhost+.

So why did it happen to me ???

I am using X-Window Attachmate aka Reflection X. And in this tool, according to the doc, the default X policy is unrestricted. This is in my opinion a huge flaw in the security design. Make sure you always change this to something more secure.

In Reflection X Manager Settings, Category Security, choose for instance User-based security and Prompt. Configuring X Cookies is probably more cumbersome.

Then when you or someone else will start an XTERM on your desktop, you will get a nice dialog box :

[Reflection X]
Client could not successfully authenticate itself to Reflection X server. Would you like Reflection X to connect to this client as an UNTRUSTED client ? Client originated from (RX1303)

Ok, I have to click one more button, but at least I can deny access to my screen :)

This system is for the use of authorized users only.

How to bypass the login banners?

There is actually more than one banner to bypass. One of the them is the message of the day banner, commonly located in /etc/motd. Typically friendly, example in AIX

*                                                                          *
*                                                                          *
*  Welcome to AIX Version 6.1!                                             *
*                                                                          *
*                                                                          *
*  Please see the README file in /usr/lpp/bos for information pertinent to *
*  this release of the AIX Operating System.                               *
*                                                                          *
*                                                                          *

This is easy to bypass, simply place .hushlogin file on your serverside homedirectory :

$ touch $HOME/.hushlogin

Yes, it is that easy.

A bit more cumbersome is the ssh banner. Which rather have an aggressive look with criminal punishment threats.

| This system is for the use of authorized users only.            |
| Individuals using this computer system without authority, or in |
| excess of their authority, are subject to having all of their   |
| activities on this system monitored and recorded by system      |
| personnel.                                                      |
|                                                                 |
| In the course of monitoring individuals improperly using this   |
| system, or in the course of system maintenance, the activities  |
| of authorized users may also be monitored.                      |
|                                                                 |
| Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring  |
| and is advised that if such monitoring reveals possible         |
| evidence of criminal activity, system personnel may provide the |
| evidence of such monitoring to law enforcement officials.       |

Well, you could delete it from your ssh server but this would not please your sysadmins. The banner is actually a pre-authentication banner, so you must configure it on the client. With the unix ssh client, you lower the log level. Either with a command line option, -o LogLevel=quiet, or in a configfile

$ cat $HOME/.ssh/config

This is so quiet that you will not get any feedback if you cannot connect, but I prefer quiet than noisy.

A very commonly used Windows ssh client is putty, and there, O miracle, there is a pre-authentication-banner option to uncheck in SSH-Auth.

This appeared in putty 0.62 and it made my day today :-)

TNSNAMES and Active Directory

It is highly probable you already have MS AD in your company. Probably you use a local tnsnames.ora. Apart from setting a Oracle Internet Directory or Oracle Virtual Directory, there is one more option that you may want to consider : AD.

Ok, here is a bit of a road map :

– Schema Extension :
extending the schema is irreversible and you will have to test this properly and explain why you need this (remove the need of distributing a tnsnames, central administration) to your Microsoft Admin friends. To extend the schema, use Oracle Network Configuration Assistant. The step-by-step guide is there

– Anonymous or authenticated bind
prior to 11g, you needed to allow anonymous bind on the AD server. Your Security Admin friends will probably prefer the 11g approach of setting NAMES.LDAP_AUTHENTICATE_BIND to true. If you set NAMES.LDAP_AUTHENTICATE_BIND to true, the Oracle clients will use your windows credentials to do the tnsnames resolution.

For sql developer, use Connection Type=TNS, Connect Identifier=DB01. connection type=Ldap does not work with authenticated bind

– Import the tnsnames and / or create new entries
all done with Net Manager and pretty intuitively. Except that you will use “Directory –> Export Net Service Names” to import the tnsnames in AD

– Configure the clients


– test it!
tnsping first

C:\> tnsping db01

TNS Ping Utility for 64-bit Windows: Version - Production on 10-NOV-2011 14:42:16

Copyright (c) 1997, 2010, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

Used parameter files:

Used LDAP adapter to resolve the alias
Attempting to contact (DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS_LIST=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(Host=srv01)(Port=1521)))(CONNECT
OK (20 msec)

I wrote a simple java program to check the connection :

import java.sql.*;
import oracle.jdbc.pool.*;
public class HelloWorld {
  public  static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
    OracleDataSource ods = new OracleDataSource();
    ResultSet res = ods.
        prepareCall("select 'Hello World' txt from dual").

C:\> set PATH=C:\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\bin
C:\> javac -classpath .;C:\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\jdbc\lib\ojdbc6.jar
C:\> java -classpath .;C:\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\jdbc\lib\ojdbc6.jar\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\network\admin HelloWorld
Hello World

If you get and issue with ocijdbc11, you either do not have the *ocijdbc11* driver in your PATH / LD_LIBRARY_PATH / LIBPATH or the use the wrong driver. For instance if you compile with java 32bits, you cannot use the oci 64 bit.

If you use a jdbc thin ldap resolution and have no anonymous bind, it will return an error

import java.sql.*;
public class HelloWorld {
  public  static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
    DriverManager.registerDriver(new oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver());
    ResultSet res = DriverManager.
      getConnection("jdbc:oracle:thin:@ldap://,cn=OracleContext", "scott", "tiger").
      prepareCall("select 'Hello World' txt from dual").

C:\>java -classpath .;C:\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\jdbc\lib\ojdbc6.jar HelloWorld
Exception in thread "main" java.sql.SQLException: I/O-Fehler: JNDI Package failure avax.naming.NamingException: [LDAP:error code 1 - 000004DC: LdapErr: DSID-0C0906DC, comment: In order to perform this operation a successful bind must be completed on the connection., data 0, v1db0 ]; remaining name 'cn=db01,cn=OracleContext'
        at oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CConnection.logon(
        at oracle.jdbc.driver.PhysicalConnection.<init>(
        at oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CConnection.<init>(
        at oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CDriverExtension.getConnection(
        at oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver.connect(
        at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(
        at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(
        at HelloWorld.main(

As the error message says, the ldap server requires a bind

Let’s try to bind

import java.sql.*;
import java.util.*;
import oracle.jdbc.pool.*;
public class HelloWorld {
  public  static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
    OracleDataSource ods = new OracleDataSource();
    Properties prop = new Properties();
    prop.put("", "simple");
    prop.put("","CN=Laurent Schneider,CN=Users,DC=example,DC=com");
    prop.put("", "my_ad_pw");

    ResultSet res = ods.
        prepareCall("select 'Hello World' txt from dual").

This works!

how to run UTL_TCP, UTL_SMTP and the like in 11g

After we upgrade a db to 11g someone complained about an ORA-24248: XML DB extensible security not installed

I thought, it should be easy to revert to 10g mechanism. Probably wrong after reading Marco :
The default behavior for access control to network utility packages has been changed to disallow network operations to all nonprivileged users. This default behavior is different from, and is incompatible with, previous versions of Oracle Database.

I do not want to install XDB to send mail. Sounds like an overkill…

Ok, as an hard core dba I created a wrapper in the sys schema, something you probably should not do !


SQL> conn scott/tiger
SQL> select utl_inaddr.GET_HOST_ADDRESS('localhost') from dual;

after upgrade

SQL> conn scott/tiger
SQL> select utl_inaddr.GET_HOST_ADDRESS('localhost') from dual;
select utl_inaddr.GET_HOST_ADDRESS('localhost') from dual
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-24248: XML DB extensible security not installed
ORA-06512: at "SYS.UTL_INADDR", line 19
ORA-06512: at "SYS.UTL_INADDR", line 40
ORA-06512: at line 1

My workaround to “disable” Fine-Grained Access to External Network Services

SQL> conn / as sysdba
SQL> create or replace function my_utl_inaddr_GET_HOST_ADDRESS(HOST VARCHAR2) return VARCHAR2 is begin return utl_inaddr.GET_HOST_ADDRESS; end;
  2  /

Function created.

SQL> grant execute on my_utl_inaddr_GET_HOST_ADDRESS to scott;

Grant succeeded.
SQL> conn scott/tiger
SQL> select sys.my_utl_inaddr_GET_HOST_ADDRESS('localhost') from dual;

If you want to use the recommended way of granting access to utl_tcp and the like, check note 453756.1

List of table and column privileges, including those via roles

I could not find this quickly enough in google so I wrote it myself.

The list of table privileges, with a connect by subquery.

 COL roles FOR a60
COL table_name FOR a30
col privilege for a9
set lin 200 trims on pages 0 emb on hea on newp none

    FROM (    SELECT CONNECT_BY_ROOT grantee grantee,
                     REPLACE (
                        REGEXP_REPLACE (SYS_CONNECT_BY_PATH (granteE, '/'),
                        ' --> ')
                FROM (SELECT PRIVILEGE,
                             NULL column_name
                        FROM DBA_TAB_PRIVS
                       WHERE owner NOT IN
                      SELECT PRIVILEGE,
                        FROM DBA_COL_PRIVS
                       WHERE owner NOT IN
                      SELECT GRANTED_ROLE,
                        FROM DBA_ROLE_PRIVS
                       WHERE GRANTEE NOT IN
                                 'APPQOSSYS')) T
          START WITH grantee IN (SELECT username FROM dba_users)
   WHERE table_name IS NOT NULL AND grantee != OWNER
ORDER BY grantee,

sample output

------- --------- --------------- ------ ---------- -----------
U       UPDATE     --> R          SCOTT  DEPT       DNAME      
U       SELECT                    SCOTT  EMP                   
U2      UPDATE     --> R2 --> R   SCOTT  DEPT       DNAME      

on materialized view constraints

Oracle is pretty strong at enforcing constraint.

Table for this blog post:
create table t(x number primary key, y number);

For instance if you alter table t add check (y<1000); then Y will not be bigger than 1000, right?

SQL> insert into t values (1,2000);
insert into t values (1,2000)
Error at line 1
ORA-02290: check constraint (SCOTT.SYS_C0029609) violated

I believe this code to be unbreakable. If you have only SELECT and INSERT privilege on the table, you cannot bypass the constraint.

Let’s imagine some complex constraint. CHECK (sum(y) < 1000)

SQL> alter table t add check (sum(y) < 1000);
alter table t add check (sum(y) < 1000)
Error at line 1
ORA-00934: group function is not allowed here

Ok, clear enough I suppose, we cannot handle this complex constraint with a CHECK condition.

We could have some before trigger that fires an exception

   ON T
   WHEN (NEW.Y > 0)
   s   NUMBER;

   IF (s + :new.y >= 1000)
      raise_application_error (-20001, 'SUM(Y) would exceed 1000');
   END IF;

Now the trigger will compute the sum and return an exception whenever it fails.

SQL> insert into t values (2, 600);

1 row created.

SQL> insert into t values (3, 600);
insert into t values (3, 600)
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-20001: SUM(Y) would exceed 1000
ORA-06512: at "SCOTT.TR", line 8
ORA-04088: error during execution of trigger 'SCOTT.TR'

SQL> drop trigger tr;

Trigger dropped.

SQL> truncate table t;

Table truncated.

But I am not good with triggers, and the triggers are as bad as their developers and have dark sides like mutating triggers and thelike.

As Tom Kyte mentioned in the comment, the code above is not efficient effective if more than one user update the table at the same time

Another popular approach is to create a fast-refreshable-on-commit mview with a constraint.

Let’s see how this works.

create materialized view log on t with rowid, primary key (y) including new values;

create materialized view mv
refresh fast 
on commit 
as select sum(y) sum from t;

alter table mv add check (sum < 1000);

The constraint is on the mview, so once you commit (and only at commit time), Oracle will try to refresh the mview.

SQL> insert into t values (4, 600);

1 row created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

SQL> insert into t values (5, 600);

1 row created.

SQL> commit;
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-12008: error in materialized view refresh path
ORA-02290: check constraint (SCOTT.SYS_C0029631) violated

SQL> select * from t;

         X          Y
---------- ----------
         4        600

So far so good. The mechanism rollbacks the transaction in case of an ORA-12008. A bit similar to a DEFERABLE constraint.

But how safe is this after all? Oracle does not enforce anything on the table, it just fails on refresh…

Anything that does not fulfill the materialized view fast refresh requisites will also break the data integrity.

SQL> delete from t;

1 row deleted.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

SQL> alter session enable parallel dml;

Session altered.

SQL> insert /*+PARALLEL*/ into t select 100+rownum, rownum*100 from dual connect by level<20;

19 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

SQL> select sum(y) from t;


SQL> select staleness from user_mviews;


Your data integrity is gone. By “breaking” the mview, with only SELECT, INSERT and ALTER SESSION privilege, you can now insert any data.

This is documented as
FAST Clause

For both conventional DML changes and for direct-path INSERT operations, other conditions may restrict the eligibility of a materialized view for fast refresh.

Other operations like TRUNCATE may also prevent you from inserting fresh data

SQL> alter materialized view mv compile;

Materialized view altered.

SQL> exec dbms_mview.refresh('MV','COMPLETE');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select * from mv;


SQL> insert into t values(1,1);

1 row created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

SQL> select * from mv;


SQL> truncate table t;

Table truncated.

SQL> insert into t values(1,1);

1 row created.

SQL> commit;
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-32321: REFRESH FAST of "SCOTT"."MV" unsupported after detail table

On using Toad against a database

I got this question once again today in a previous post.

What’s wrong by using Toad against a database?

The worst case scenario:
– some non-technical staff is clicking around in your production database with read-write access :(

The best-case scenario :
– nobody has access to your database :)

Here is a short list on how you could protect your data :
– Give the right privilege to the right person. DBA role to the DBA, CREATE TABLE/CREATE INDEX to the developer, INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE to the application
– Restrict access to your database server. Use some firewall. Allow only the dba workstation and the application server to the Production environment

What if the end-user PC needs access to the Production database with a powerfull user? This often happend in real world. A fat client is installed on the PC, the password is somehow hardcoded, the privileges granted to the hardcoded user are uterly generous…

It is not a bad practice in this case to block access to the database server to Toad/SQLPLUS and thelike. This will very ineffeciently prevent some garage-hacker from corrupting your database, but it will prevent your sales / marketing colleagues from deleting data, locking tables and degrading performance. This could be done by some login triggers or, my preference, some administrative measures like information, auditting and sanctions.

track ddl change (part 2)

I wrote about tracking ddl changes with a trigger there : track ddl changes

Another option is to use auditing.

A new and cool alternative is to use enable_ddl_logging (11gR2). This will track all ddl’s in the alert log

ALTER SYSTEM SET enable_ddl_logging=TRUE

Then later you issue

create table t(x number)

and you see in the alertLSC01.log

Tue Apr 05 14:43:32 2011
create table t(x number)

Wait, that’s not really verbose !?

Remember the alert log is just there for backward compatibility, it is time you start looking in the xml file :-)

<msg time='2011-04-05T14:43:42.210+02:00' org_id='oracle' comp_id='rdbms'
 msg_id='opiexe:3937:4222333111' client_id='' type='NOTIFICATION'
 group='schema_ddl' level='16' host_id='srv01'
 host_addr='' module='TOAD Beta' pid='2777799'>
 <txt>create table t(x number)

There is not really much more there but the module, which indeed reveals someone is using TOAD to access my database !

[alert] Oracle agents on AIX may not work in 2011 with OMS10g

Fuadar recently wrote : Grid Control AIX Alert

Basically, if you have an 10g oms Server (any OS / any release) and aix agents (any release), and according to Note 1171558.1, communication between [10g] Oracle Management Service and [AIX] Management Agents will break due to a default self-signed certificate expiring in 31 Dec 2010.

There is more than one way to solve this

1) you upgrade your oms to 11g. Good luck to do this before end of year…

2) You upgrade your oms to, apply patch 10034237 on your oms, create a new certificate, resecure all your agents. Pretty heavy stuff I promise.

3) You use a Third Party Certificate. This may work. I have not tested this for you.

4) You switch from https to http… this is of course not an acceptable workaround as the connection between the agent and the oms will be unsecure, but it may save your Silvester Party.

  • allow both secure and unsecure connections to the oms
  • on all your OMS instances

    opmnctl stopall
    emctl secure unlock
    opmnctl startall

  • switch all your agents to http
  • On all your AIX hosts with an agent installed

    emctl unsecure agent -omsurl http://omsserver:4890/em/*

    You can find the port for unsecure in your oms server in OMSHOME/sysman/config/ under oracle.sysman.emSDK.svlt.ConsoleServerPort.

Happy holidays !

jdbc ssl

I already wrote about jdbc hello world and listener with tcps.

Let’s combine both technologies !

import java.util.Properties;
import java.sql.*;

public class TCPS {
  public static void main(String argv[]) throws SQLException {
    String url = "jdbc:oracle:thin:@(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCPS)(Host=dbsrv001)(Port=12345))(CONNECT_DATA=(SID=DB01)))";
    Properties props = new Properties();
    props.setProperty("user", "scott");
    props.setProperty("password", "tiger");
    DriverManager.registerDriver(new oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver());
    Connection conn = DriverManager.getConnection(url, props);
    ResultSet res = conn.
      prepareCall("select 'Hello SSL World' txt from dual").

I have an auto-login wallet (cwallet.sso) with the trusted certificate from the server.

There are a few jar’s to use:

$ CLASSPATH=$ORACLE_HOME/jdbc/lib/ojdbc5.jar
$ export CLASSPATH
$ javac
$ java TCPS
Hello SSL World

Greatly inspired by Jean de Lavarene’s white paper : SSL With Oracle JDBC Thin Driver

CONNECT no longer has CREATE VIEW, what’s next?

In my current project we are going to move from 9i to 10g really soon. One of the typical issue is to get the right privileges, because the schema owners typically had only CONNECT and RESOURCE, and that does no longer include CREATE VIEW in 10gR2.

I was just reading the 11gR2 readme today :
7.2 UNLIMITED TABLESPACE Privilege Changes
The UNLIMITED TABLESPACE system privilege will be removed from the RESOURCE role in a future Oracle Database release (reference Bug 7614645).

So, probably I should ask for TABLESPACE quotas before we go to 12g ;)

to ftp or to sftp

Ftp is seen as an old-time unsecure protocol. Many shops nowadays have switched or are switching to sftp. I will try to point out some differences :

Compatibility: none. the protocol is completly different. Multiple graphical clients however do support both mode. But the basic “ftp” client will not work with sftp.

Ascii mode: only in ftp. In sftp, it is always binary so there will be no conversion. Also no blocksize, recordlength or primary/secondary space for your OS/390 connections.

Interactive mode: similar. you enter your username and password, do cd, put and get. But to quit, by will not work in sftp ;-) Use quit or exit instead

Batch mode: different. Most probably you will end up setting a private/public key infrastructure for your ssh connection and use scp (secure copy). If you are using a ssh client like putty, it is possible to do something like pscp -l user -pw password server:file .

Security: sftp is secure, ftp is not.

Speed: ftp is fast, sftp is slow :( !

Oh NOOOOOOO!!!!! What’s the point is bringing something new if it is slower !!!

Ok, let’s try to download a 100m file:

$ time (echo "open dbsrv01
user oracle secret
get 100m"|ftp -n )

real    0m24.673s
user    0m0.030s
sys     0m0.016s
$ time scp -q oracle@dbsrv01:100m .

real    1m46.978s
user    0m0.108s
sys     0m0.202s

it is about 4x slower! Is there anything we could do about it?

Well, maybe :

$ time scp -q -o Compression=yes oracle@dbsrv01:100m .

real    0m18.634s
user    0m0.748s
sys     0m0.452s

ssh/scp/sftp have a compression mode. If you are transferring your large files across a slow network, this may be an interesting option to consider !

OpenSSH homepage :

grant access to trace files

As a developer, you sometimes need to contact your dba to get an user trace. As a dba, sending trace files to developer is not much fun.

But how do you get access to your traces without any dba ?

One way could be to set _trace_files_public=true, but this is bad. It is undocumented, it is unsupported, there is no control to who can access the files, and probably it will not help if you have no access to the database server.

I prefer to provide a function that reads from the trace directory.

Ok, here we go :

CREATE DIRECTORY user_dump_dest AS

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION get_tracefile (file_name VARCHAR2)
   dest_loc   CLOB;
   src_loc    BFILE;
   ret        VARCHAR2 (4000);
   src_loc := BFILENAME ('USER_DUMP_DEST', file_name);
   DBMS_LOB.OPEN (src_loc, DBMS_LOB.lob_readonly);
   DBMS_LOB.createtemporary (dest_loc, TRUE);
   DBMS_LOB.loadfromfile (dest_loc, src_loc, 4000);
   ret := DBMS_LOB.SUBSTR (dest_loc, 4000);
   DBMS_LOB.CLOSE (src_loc);
   RETURN ret;

Just a small function that returns the first 4000 characters of the trace file. I could then grant execute on that function to the developers.

it works quite well

SELECT get_tracefile ('db01_ora_6224.trc')
Oracle9i Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning option
JServer Release - Production
ORACLE_HOME = /app/oracle/product/dbms/DB01
System name:  SunOS
Node name:  dbsrv01
Release:  5.8
Version:  Generic_117000-05
Machine:  sun4u
Instance name: DB01
Redo thread mounted by this instance: 1
Oracle process number: 21
Unix process pid: 6224, image: oracle@dbsrv01 (TNS V1-V3)

*** SESSION ID:(273.54591) 2009-04-27 12:13:57.292
*** 2009-04-27 12:13:57.292
ksedmp: internal or fatal error
ORA-00600: internal error code, arguments: [17069], [0x3EED05050], 
[], [], [], [], [], []
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
ORA-00928: missing SELECT keyword
Current SQL statement for this session:
alter PACKAGE "LSC_PKG" compile body
----- PL/SQL Call Stack -----

I should mention than granting access to trace files is a security issue as a hacker could dump some security modules. But it will be fine for your trusted developers.

track DDL changes

Why is my package being invalidated? This is the question I asked myself a few times those days. In order to find out what is happening in my schema, I created this simple DDL trigger which tracks all DDL changes in my schema.

  d date,
  OSUSER varchar2(255),
  CURRENT_USER varchar2(255),
  HOST varchar2(255),
  TERMINAL varchar2(255),
  owner varchar2(30),
  type varchar2(30),
  name varchar2(30),
  sysevent varchar2(30),
  sql_txt varchar2(4000));
create or replace trigger audit_ddl_trg after ddl on schema
  sql_text ora_name_list_t;
  stmt VARCHAR2(4000) := '';
  n number;
  if (ora_sysevent='TRUNCATE')
    for i in 1..n
    end loop; 
    insert into audit_ddl(d, osuser,current_user,host,terminal,owner,type,name,sysevent,sql_txt)
      sys_context('USERENV','OS_USER') ,
      sys_context('USERENV','CURRENT_USER') ,
      sys_context('USERENV','HOST') , 
      sys_context('USERENV','TERMINAL') ,
  end if;

Thanks Yas for your comment, I added the SQL text

alter user identified by values in 11g

I wrote about dba_users changes in 11g .

When spooling alter user commands in 11g, it is important to understand the mechanism. Oracle 11g supports both sensitive and insensitive passwords.

When issuing an CREATE/ALTER USER IDENTIFIED BY PASSWORD, both the insensitive and the sensitive hashes are saved.

SQL> create user u identified by u;
User created.
SQL> grant create session to u;
Grant succeeded.
SQL> connect u/U
ORA-01017: invalid username/password; logon denied
Warning: You are no longer connected to ORACLE.
SQL> connect u/u

Per default only the proper case works

SQL> alter system set sec_case_sensitive_logon=false;
System altered.
SQL> connect u/U
SQL> conn u/u

When sec_case_sensitive_logon=false, both uppercase and lowercase passwords work (10g behavior).

When issuing a create user identified by values, you must chose if you want to have both passwords, only the case insensitive or only the case sensitive.

SQL> select password,spare4 from user$ where name='U';


The hashes are in USER$.

SQL> alter user u identified by values '18FE58AECB6217DB';
User altered.
SQL> alter system set sec_case_sensitive_logon=true;
System altered.
SQL> conn u/u
SQL> conn u/U

When only the 10g oracle hash is used as a value, the password is case insensitive whatever the setting of sec_case_sensitive_logon is.

SQL> alter user u identified by values 
User altered.
SQL> alter system set sec_case_sensitive_logon=false;
System altered.
SQL> conn u/u
ORA-01017: invalid username/password; logon denied
Warning: You are no longer connected to ORACLE.
SQL> conn u/U
ORA-01017: invalid username/password; logon denied

When only the 11g oracle hash is used as a value, the password is case sensitive and if the setting of sec_case_sensitive_logon is on false, the login failed as there is no 10g string. This setting is probably the most secure setting as the 10g string is not saved in USER$.

SQL> alter user u identified by values 
SQL> alter system set sec_case_sensitive_logon=true;
System altered.
SQL> conn u/u
SQL> conn u/U
ORA-01017: invalid username/password; logon denied
Warning: You are no longer connected to ORACLE.
SQL> conn / as sysdba
SQL> alter system set sec_case_sensitive_logon=false;
System altered.
SQL> conn u/u
SQL> conn u/U

When using both hashes, switching back and forth to 11g mechanism is possible.

How to resolve ORA-09925 ?

This morning I had to solve an ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file and it was not as straightforward as usual…

There is a note 69642.1 on Metalink, [edit]which is now up to date for 10gR2[/edit].

1) AUDIT_FILE_DEST is not writable

$ env
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/sqlplus -L "/ as sysdba"                
SQL> startup 
ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file
IBM AIX RISC System/6000 Error: 2: No such file or directory
Additional information: 9925
$ grep -i audit_file_dest $ORACLE_HOME/dbs/*$ORACLE_SID.ora
$ ls -lad /bar
/bar not found
$ su -      
root's Password:
# mkdir /bar 
# exit
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/sqlplus -L "/ as sysdba"                
SQL> startup 
ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file
IBM AIX RISC System/6000 Error: 13: Permission denied
Additional information: 9925
$ su -
root's Password:
# chown oracle /bar
# exit
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/sqlplus -L "/ as sysdba"
SQL> startup quiet nomount
ORACLE instance started.
SQL> shutdown abort
ORACLE instance shut down.

2) $ORACLE_BASE/admin/$ORACLE_SID/adump exists and is not writable :!:

$ ls -lad $ORACLE_BASE/admin/$ORACLE_SID/adump  
drwxr-xr-x   2 root   dba .../admin/FOO/adump
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/sqlplus -L "/ as sysdba"     

SQL*Plus: Release - 
Production on Mon Dec 17 09:02:29 2007

Copyright (c) 1982, 2006, Oracle.  All Rights Reserved.

ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file
IBM AIX RISC System/6000 Error: 13: Permission denied
Additional information: 9925
ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file
IBM AIX RISC System/6000 Error: 13: Permission denied
Additional information: 9925

SP2-0751: Unable to connect to Oracle.  Exiting SQL*Plus
$ su -
root's Password:
# chown oracle /bar/admin/FOO/adump 
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/sqlplus -L "/ as sysdba"     

SQL*Plus: Release - 
Production on Mon Dec 17 09:02:48 2007

Copyright (c) 1982, 2006, Oracle.  All Rights Reserved.

Connected to an idle instance.

SQL> quit

3) $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/audit is not writable

$ cat $ORACLE_HOME/dbs/init$ORACLE_SID.ora
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/sqlplus -L "/ as sysdba"

SQL*Plus: Release - 
Production on Mon Dec 17 08:48:09 2007

Copyright (c) 1982, 2006, Oracle.  All Rights Reserved.

ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file
IBM AIX RISC System/6000 Error: 13: Permission denied
Additional information: 9925
ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file
IBM AIX RISC System/6000 Error: 13: Permission denied
Additional information: 9925

SP2-0751: Unable to connect to Oracle.  Exiting SQL*Plus
$ ls -lad $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/audit 
drwxr-x---   2 root     dba ... $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/audit
$ cd $ORACLE_HOME; su
root's Password:
# chown oracle ./rdbms/audit
# exit
$ $ORACLE_HOME/bin/sqlplus "/ as sysdba"

SQL*Plus: Release - 
Production on Mon Dec 17 08:49:12 2007

Copyright (c) 1982, 2006, Oracle.  All Rights Reserved.

Connected to an idle instance.

SQL> quit

the password is not longer displayed in dba_users.password in 11g

By reading Pete Finnigan’s Oracle security weblog today, I discovered that the password is no longer displayed in DBA_USERS in 11g.

select username,password 
from dba_users 
where username='SCOTT';
-------- ------------------------------

select name,password 
from sys.user$ 
where name='SCOTT';
----- ------------------------------
SCOTT F894844C34402B67

on the one hand, it is good for the security.

On the other hand, it is a huge change which is not documented (I immediately sent comments to the Security and Reference book authors) and it will make a lot of script failing (scripts that use to change the password to log in and change it back to the original value afterwards).

Protecting the hash is extremely important, check your scripts for 11g compatibility!

Configure OID with SSL

First you need to install OID. Check the Installation Guide, the Doc and download the Software. If you do not need the dbconsole, stop it (emctl stop dbconsole) and remove the oracle_home/hostname_sid directory

Once you have a running OID, test it with ldapsearch. For this workshop, I use two servers and two usernames. Having the client and the server sharing the same wallet is not a good idea. If you have an Oracle Database running as user oracle, prefer using a different user for OID installation. By installing OID, I specified the following staticports.ini (missing from CD, bug 5936042) :

Oracle HTTP Server port  = 44000
Oracle HTTP Server Listen port  = 44001
Oracle HTTP Server SSL port  = 44002
Oracle HTTP Server Listen (SSL) port  = 44003
Oracle HTTP Server Diagnostic port  = 44004
Java Object Cache port  = 44005
DCM Discovery port  = 44006
Oracle Notification Server Request port  = 44007
Oracle Notification Server Local port  = 44008
Oracle Notification Server Remote port  = 44009
Application Server Control port  = 44010
Application Server Control RMI port  = 44011
Oracle Management Agent port  = 44012
Log Loader port  = 44013
ASG port  = 44014
Oracle Internet Directory port  = 44015
Oracle Internet Directory (SSL) port  = 44016
Oracle Certificate Authority SSL Server 
    Authentication port  = 44017
Oracle Certificate Authority SSL Mutual
    Authentication port  = 44018

Ok, let’s do the search from another server

lsc@dbserver01 $ ldapsearch -h oidserver01 -p 44015 -z 1
orclreplicaid=oidserver01_oid1014,cn=replication configuration
ldap_search: Sizelimit exceeded

Now let’s try with SSL. First, with no authentication (-U 1).

lsc@dbserver01 $ ldapsearch -h oidserver01 -p 44016 -z 1 -U 1
orclreplicaid=oidserver01_oid1014,cn=replication configuration
ldap_search: Sizelimit exceeded

Fine. Let’s create the wallets. You need a wallet for your client (lsc@dbserver01), a wallet for your server (ldapusr@oidserver01). Create a certification request for CN=lsc,cn=users,dc=yourdomain,dc=com, export your user certificate from your client wallet (lsc@dbserver01) and import it as a trusted certificate in your oid wallet (ldapusr@oidserver01). It is the same procedure as described in the user identified externally with SSL certificate post

Then, launch oidadmin (you can launch it from a pc client), and configure the OID for ssl.
In Oracle Internet Directory Servers –> cn=orcladmin@oidserver01 –> Server Management –> Directory Server. Right click on Configuration Set1 and chose Create Like. In the Configuration Set2, chose the SSL Settings, specify SSL Client and Server Authentication, SSL only, file://etc/ORACLE/WALLETS/lsc, SSL Port 44019. Apply. Quit

Start a second instance with oidctl where oid1014 is your SID

ldapusr@oidserver01 $ oidctl connect=oid1014 server=oidldapd
    instance=2 configset=2 start

Check the status :

ldapusr@oidserver01 $ oidctl connect=oid1014 server=oidldapd
oidctl:Checking Oracle Internet Directory Processes ...

    Process oidmon is alive as PID = 16191 

    Checking OIDLDAPD instance 1  ...
    Process oidldapd (dispatcher) is alive as PID = 16197
        port=44015 sslport=44016
            oidldapd (server)     is alive as PID = 16206

    Checking OIDLDAPD instance 2  ...
    Process oidldapd (dispatcher) is alive as PID = 16422
            oidldapd (server)     is alive as PID = 16426

    Checking ODISRV instance 1  ...
    Process odisrv   is alive as PID = 16203

so far not bad!

Let’s pray !

$ ldapbind -h -p 44019  -U 3
    -P mywalletpasswd -W file://etc/ORACLE/WALLETS/lsc  
    -D cn=orcladmin -w myorcladminpasswd
bind successful

What a satisfaction :D I have being failing on this for days. Mostly getting meaningless message like UnKnown Error Encountered. You cannot start anything with that error. It could be a wallet path error, a wallet password error, a non-authorized certificate, a certification authority problem, and many other errors. Really poor error messaging there. One may argue that meaningless error message on unsuccessful login does increase the security, but well, it is a nightmare to debug :o

Now I need to stop the non-secure part of it :

ldapusr@oidserver01 $ oidctl connect=oid1014 server=oidldapd
    instance=1 stop

Added 29.3.2007
If I want to use a SSL to authentify my user, I must create a user, for example with the Security Console http://oidserver01:44000/oiddas/ui/oideushome, which matches my certificate.

xhost + is a huge security hole

Maybe you have a firewall in your company, only your PC can access the production server, only you have the root password in prod, and your company spend a lot of money in security, but you dare using xhost +.

This is a huge security hole, because it gives anyone access to your X resources, not only your display, but also your mouse and your keyboard, so anyone can read/modify/corrupt what you are typing/clicking. It is a bad habit to use xhost+. Even using xhost +localhost give access to your keyboard to anyone on localhost…

So what else could you use ?

The simplest is probably ssh tunnelling.

lsc@chltlxlsc1:$ ssh -X oracle@localhost
Last login: Fri Max 2 10:24:09 2007 from localhost
oracle@chltlxlsc1:$ if xterm -e true; then echo success; fi

Another way to do this is to use X cookies.

lsc@chltlxlsc1:$ xauth extract ~/my-x-cookie $DISPLAY<
lsc@chltlxlsc1:$ setfacl -m u:oracle:r ~/my-x-cookie
lsc@chltlxlsc1:$ su - oracle -c "DISPLAY=$DISPLAY bash"
oracle@chltlxlsc1:$ if xterm -e true; then echo success; fi
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

xterm Xt error: Can't open display: :0.0
oracle@chltlxlsc1:$ xauth merge ~lsc/my-x-cookie
xauth: creating new authority file ~oracle/.Xauthority
oracle@chltlxlsc1:$ if xterm -e true; then echo success; fi

No need to type all. Here is my alias

alias oracle='
xauth extract $HOME/my-x-cookie $DISPLAY;
setfacl -m u:oracle:r $HOME/my-x-cookie;
su - oracle -c "export DISPLAY=$DISPLAY;
xauth merge $HOME/my-x-cookie;