Posts by Paul Vallee

Oracle Security Easily Bypassed, Warns Researcher

According to security expert Alexander Kornbrust, Oracle’s standard encryption mechanism can be easily circumvented. Korbrust intends to give a presentation later this week at the Black Hat 2005 security conference demonstrating how Oracle’s encryption can be broken.

RMAN Skip Tablespace Issue

The ‘skip tablespace’ command when doing an RMAN duplicate database will work for self-contained tablespaces, but not for a set of self-contained tablespaces. In other words, if each tablespace can be individually dropped, its fine, but where the indexes are placed separately from the tables, this won’t work for the duplicate. Oracle calls it “not a bug”.

Oracle Issues Patches, but Misses the Mark, Again

Although nearly 50 vulnerabilities were fixed with Oracle’s most recent quarterly patches, experts are saying that numerous critical issues haven’t been addressed at all.

Pete Finnegan, renowned Oracle security expert asks “Where are the large numbers of fixes expected? Alex Kornbrust and Esteban Martinez Fayo have big lists of bugs, some reported over 18 months ago, some high risk, that have still not been fixed. Will Oracle never get around to fixing these bugs?”

Oracle Update Fixes Security Flaws

Oracle has released a new critical patch with several vulnerabilities simultaneously announced and fixed. Various versions of Oracle products, including its database, application server and 11i E-Business Suite, are part of this latest update.

Oracle to Overhaul Pricing

In an effort to consolidate the various pricing schemes inherited with its recent acquisitions, Oracle will be redefining its licensing models. According to Oracle president Charles Phillips, the company is using customer feedback to explore different approaches to selling its software.

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