Author: 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.

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Oracle’s Multicore Pricing: Right direction, not far enough

Oracle seems to be scaling its pricing very loosely to the performance boost that comes from the additional cores in multicore processors, keeping in mind that performance may sometimes be as much as double, but often not.

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Oracle Taken to Task for Time to Fix Vulnerabilities

Security firm Red Database Security has decided to publish in detail six vulnerabilities that Oracle has not fixed in over 650 days. The flaws range in severity, with three classified as high risk with the potential to compromise a server or overwrite files.

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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”.

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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?”

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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.

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Oracle Database 10g: Top Features for DBAs – Release 2

Oracle ACE Arup Nanda presents his list of the top new Oracle Database 10g Release 2 features for database administrators.

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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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Oracle Database 10g Release 2 Sets New Benchmark Record

Oracle announced two record-setting TPC-H 300 gigabyte data warehousing benchmarks that hallmarked Oracle Database 10g Release 2’s performance power and leadership among enterprise-class databases.

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Beta Customers Say Higher Quality Service with Oracle Database 10g

Beta customers today revealed how they are taking advantage of Oracle Database 10g Release 2’s enhanced availability, manageability, performance and security features to achieve a higher quality of service while helping to reduce the cost and complexity of information management.

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