Posts by Don Seiler

FLASHBACK TABLE vs. DBA_OBJECTS . LAST_DDL_TIME

It turns out that there are a few statements that will update the LAST_DDL_TIME without changing the table structure. An item to note is that a prerequisite to FLASHBACK TABLE is to enable row movement on that table, via (you guessed it) an ALTER TABLE statement. The ALTER TABLE foo ENABLE ROW MOVEMENT statement also bumps LAST_DDL_TIME, but obviously doesn’t block FLASHBACK TABLE from going past it in time.
The bottom of all this is that you can’t use LAST_DDL_TIME to determine just how far back you can go with a FLASHBACK TABLE statement, as you can most likely go past it due to various non-structure-changing DDL statements that affect that timestamp. Here’s a little demonstration to illustrate this point

Debian OpenSSL Package Introduces Vulnerability

The highlight today of probably every Linux-related mailing list and IRC channel was the announcement of CVE-2008-0166, affecting OpenSSL libraries on Debian-based Linux distributions, including the popular Ubuntu. The vulnerability has been present since September of 2006, and Debian strongly suggests throwing your old keys out completely.

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