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Free blogging

Back in early 2005 I started this blog on Blogspot. Not being unserious about blogging, I bought this domain later in 2006 with paid hosting. I can recommend my GoDaddy provider for their support and attractive rates, but nowadays, I am no longer an active blogger. I’ll keep posting things occasionally on Saad posted […]

XMLRoot desupport

XMLRoot has been deprecated since 12cR2 and desupported since 21c. Still, it is not really obvious to understand how to generate a prolog. Also, you couldn’t specify the encoding. Well, one could fake the version with double quote, but this is not recommended, there even was some dirty SQL injection in oldish versions. select xmlroot(xmlelement(x),version […]


How to select xml with DTD ? Imagine this XML code SQL> select xmltype( ‘<!DOCTYPE FOO SYSTEM “/public/test/foo.dtd”><FOO/>’, wellformed => 1) xml from dual; XML —————————————————– <!DOCTYPE FOO SYSTEM “/public/test/foo.dtd”><FOO/> Most validations are done with XSD and not DTD, so it is not that easy, even google probably lead you here 😉 Create the dtd […]

23c is out

but only for developers. You can get it from as a RH8 rpm : You need about 6Gb in /opt and there is a /etc/init.d/oracle-free-23c configure -i command that does create a database for you. Some goodies : select 1; select true; create table if not exists t(x number); arg 1 def xxx select […]

grant select on sysman view

Quite often you select from the sysman schema, let’s say select target_name from sysman.mgmt$target; To do so, you better be sys.. because SYS can see everything ! Let’s see what’s missing with a standard user connect  sys/***@oem01 as sysdba; create user user1 identified by ***; grant create session to user1; conn user1/***@oem01; select count(*) from […]

ODP standalone

Without Administrative privilege, how would you install ODP.NET? Note 784309.1 describes the required files if you have no Oracle client download XCOPY ODAC from Oracle .NET, Visual Studio, and VS Code ODAC Downloads for Oracle Database Copy the files Oracle.DataAccess.dll OraOps.dll orannzsbb.dll oraociei.dll oci.dll to your directory (ex: C:\ODAC) Add that directory to your PATH […]


I just established a connection from R to Oracle / MSSQL using ODBC. First, I installed R sudo yum install R Then, ODBC sudo yum install unixODBC-devel freetds-libs I set up my mirror in .Rprofile options(repos=structure(c(CRAN=””))) I install ODBC Library in R R -s <<EOF install.packages(“odbc”) EOF I configure my odbc driver to Oracle Instant […]

connect to mssql with python/linux

done for a friend : install rpm’s sudo yum install -y freetds unixODBC unixODBC-devel freetds-libs python3-pyodbc create odbc.ini and odbcinst.ini for sybase go there Unix ODBC Sybase for oracle go there Unix ODBC Oracle for mssql ~/.odbc.ini : the Database definition [DB01] Driver = FreeTDS Description = DB01 Server = src01 Port = 1433 Database = DB01 […]

proxy user revisited

A new 10.2 feature I mentioned in su in sqlplus – Laurent Schneider is the ability to use a proxy user in a connection string. This was documented in What’s New in Oracle Call Interface? Proxy access for a single client can be set using various connect strings. Today I got one user complaining about […]

ODBC/OLEDB/ODP and Kerberos

Precondition : sqlplus can connect to the database server using a kerberos ticket. I wrote The long long route to Kerberos – Laurent Schneider in 2014, but most of the bugs in / are no longer interesting, so probably you should be fine to just read Configuring Kerberos Authentication ( let’s see sqlplus […]

Log4J and OEM Part II

After part 1, where Oracle wrote in an official document there is no impact for your targets, Critical Patch Advisory April 2022 reveals multiple vulnerabilities, one of them is Log4J severity 9.8/10. 9.8 means it is kindergarden easy to compromise confidentiality, integrity and availability even without a login. In the meanwhile, per 30. April, Oracle […]

jdbc url with ldap ssl in 21c

the basic : you have tns resolution over ldap. To change from ldap to ldaps, you modify : jdbc:oracle:thin:@ldap://,cn=OracleContext,dc=example,dc=com to jdbc:oracle:thin:@ldaps://,cn=OracleContext,dc=example,dc=com now the advanced : Oracle Support mentions, there is no support for Mode 2 SSL (note 1664857.1) So one approach was to either not use ldaps, or to use level 1, which means no […]

Log4J and Oracle Enterprise Manager

Log4j issues allow a remote client to execute code without authentication. Software vendors spent the last two months thinking of the impact and the mitigations. The bad: If you have Enterprise Manager, you have multiple web services, like em itself (, the weblogic console (, the agent ( and others. This makes you an easy […]

TNS resolution with LDAP and SSL

Long time ago, ldapsearch without password and without ssl was the way to go. But clear-text authentication (so called simple-bind) is a security leak. More and more, directory server vendors and administrators are closing the default non-ssl port and enforce authentication. And if you use ldap for TNS naming, things will break. Back in 2003, […]