Legacy users get ORA-01017 in 12.2

The default case insensitive string disappeared in 12cR2, let’s call it the 10G string in this post, but it was the same since Oracle 7 at least. It was introduced in V5 or V6 to replace clear-text passwords.

What’s happening then with my ultra-old-accounts?

You could well set a new password (or the same password again) to each account to be migrated in 11g/12cR1 before moving to 12cR2.

If nobody knows the password and nobody can change it because it is hardcoded in the application and neither easy to read (hidden / obfuscated /encrypted) nor to change, then, you are in TROUBLE ! This is documented in Note 2075401.1

First disclaimer : it is a good thing to achieve a better security. SHA1 and SHA2 are a lot better than the oldstyle-longly-hacked-unsalted-case-insensitive-homemade-algorythm. SHA3 has been published in 2015 and it not used in Oracle 12cR2 yet. SHA2 is a bit older (2001) but still recommended. SHA1 is oldish (1995) and no-longer-recommended, collision has been detected. Read more on wikipedia or crypto101

SHA-1 was a really huge improvement when introduced in 11gR1. The old self-made algorythm has been a torture for Oracle Security team. It has been published on Internet. Extremly powerfull password cracker can find your “not-too-long” password in notime. In 11g, Oracle removed the 10g String from the DBA_USERS view. I wrote about this here. It remained on the base table, USER$ until 12cR2. Now Oracle completly removed it by default in 12cR2. 10 years after SHA1 was introduced in 11gR1.

Still. You are the dba. You want to migrate your database not to chase passwords.

You could edit your sqlnet.ora to allow 10g strings.


This works

SQL> sho parameter sec_case_sensitive_logon
NAME                      VALUE
------------------------- -----
sec_case_sensitive_logon  FALSE

     VALUES 'DC6F2B33D359A95B';
User created.
SQL> grant create session to u;
Grant succeeded.
SQL> conn u/abcdefg@pdb01
SQL> conn u/AbCdEfG@pdb01

If you have SQLNET.ALLOWED_LOGON_VERSION_SERVER=11, then you could keep the same setting of sec_case_sensitive_logon as in 11g. I recommmend the default (true).

But, that’s it ? Wellllllll… not sure.

In 12.1

SQL> select dbms_metadata.get_ddl('USER','U') from dual
     VALUES 'DC6F2B33D359A95B'

Let’s try in 12.2

SQL> select dbms_metadata.get_ddl('USER','U') from dual

While this is a perfectly working syntax, and IDENTIFIED BY VALUES is not supported *. So if create that user, then, obviously, the 10G string is lost.

Well, unsupported feature then? Hmm, yes. You should never have used identified by values.

Ok, so if I refresh my Test database with Production data, how can I save test passwords? You can’t. At least not in a supported way by using identified by values.

You could something like :

SQL> select 'alter user "'||name||
       '" identified by values '''||
       password||''';' txt
     from user$, v$instance 
     where version > '12.2' 
     and spare4 is null  
     and type# = 1
     and regexp_like(PASSWORD,'[A-F0-9]{16}');

alter user "U" identified by values

This may work. In Maybe not in 13. Maybe not in July. It’s not supported. If it does not work, it is NOT-A-BUG.

The SHA1 was introduced 10 years ago in Oracle 11gR1. If you have not changed your password in ten years, and you don’t know how many employees and ex-employees know this password, and it is case-insensitive, and its “pseudo-hashing-algorythm” has been hacked for maybe two decades, yet, I can only warmly recommend to change those accounts passwords !

Again: so if I refresh my Test database with Production data, how can I save test passwords ?
If I were you I would design a better system for login. For human users, use global users and an Identity solution, like Oracle Universal directory. For technical account, build yourself a tool that generate a random password, and update the user and credentials, something like

) ,'[^!#-~]'
) PW
from dual;

And use it to reset your technical user and to configure your application credentials.

* Note 554605.1: the 'IDENTIFIED BY VALUES' clause on a CREATE/ALTER USER statement is not officially documented, and is intended purely for internal