Re: Security Question

From: Pete Finnigan <>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 09:22:51 +0000
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Hi Christopher,

Thanks for your email. Yes you are right of course. I actually didnt mean to suggest that block dumps were possible with alter session but added the word block because of brain fade. I started to write the post before I took my son to school, came back wrote a little more, mobile rang, went to a meeting and then finsihed it. Its a mess..:-(. I was really trying to convey two messages that are still valid. 1) that there is always more than one way to the data and 2) trace (instrumentation) can leave data outside the database where it is no longer secured.

Alex also picked up the same issue.

I have edited the post and replied to Alex's comment. The post is

Thanks for keeping me honest

kind regards


Newman, Christopher wrote:
> Pete Finnigan recently (yesterday) wrote a blog entry regarding
> instrumentation and security
> ( . In one
> section it states "...Imagine that most users have the ALTER SESSION
> system privilege and therefore they can dump data blocks; imagine that
> we have secure some data in the table using VPD; this same method allows
> bypass of VPD."
> It was my understanding that ALTER SYSTEM was needed to dump blocks,
> *not* ALTER SESSION. Can anyone clarify?
> Thanks - Chris
> --


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