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Need Help with Oracle Security GDPR Training and Services

Pete Finnigan - Sun, 2018-06-10 02:46
I talked here a few days ago about GDPR in general and I also published my slides from my talk GDPR for the Oracle DBA . We have been helping clients secure data in their Oracle databases and training people....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 09/06/18 At 04:33 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

Oracle Cloud Orchestration

Michael Dinh - Sat, 2018-06-09 08:57

Oracle Cloud has a pretty cool concept (Orchestration) to recreate an instance; however, it’s all hard coded.
The orchestration cannot be shared with some else to create the configuration with different name or from different account.
What version is the Orchestration and shouldn’t it be in the metadata.

"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"description" : "",
"tags" : [ ],
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"objects" : [ {
"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"desired_state" : "inherit",
"description" : "",
"persistent" : true,
"template" : {
"managed" : true,
"description" : "qs-classic Storage Volume",
"bootable" : true,
"shared" : false,
"imagelist" : "/oracle/public/OL_7.2_UEKR4_x86_64",
"size" : "128G",
"properties" : [ "/oracle/public/storage/default" ],
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic_storage"
"label" : "qs-classic_storage_1",
"orchestration" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"type" : "StorageVolume",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic/storage_1"
}, {
"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"desired_state" : "inherit",
"description" : "",
"persistent" : true,
"template" : {
"description" : "qs-classic Security Rule (IP Network) Egress",
"tags" : [ "qs-classic" ],
"flowDirection" : "egress",
"acl" : "{{qs-classic_AccessControlList:name}}",
"enabledFlag" : true,
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic_SecurityRule_Egress"
"label" : "qs-classic_SecurityRule_Egress",
"orchestration" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"type" : "SecurityRule",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic/f10f9f0d-9577-4f83-9b81-e1cc9d8bc9df"
}, {
"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"desired_state" : "inherit",
"description" : "",
"persistent" : true,
"template" : {
"ipAddressPool" : "/oracle/public/public-ippool",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic_IP_eth0_public"
"label" : "qs-classic_IP_eth0_public",
"orchestration" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"type" : "IpAddressReservation",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic/ac8dbfc5-d560-47e1-8d33-aeb54a0cc4c8"
}, {
"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"desired_state" : "inherit",
"description" : "",
"persistent" : true,
"template" : {
"description" : "qs-classic Security Rule (IP Network)",
"tags" : [ "qs-classic" ],
"flowDirection" : "ingress",
"acl" : "{{qs-classic_AccessControlList:name}}",
"enabledFlag" : true,
"secProtocols" : [ "/oracle/public/ssh" ],
"dstVnicSet" : "{{qs-classic_VnicSet:name}}",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic_SecurityRule"
"label" : "qs-classic_SecurityRule",
"orchestration" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"type" : "SecurityRule",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic/0ddfc441-7855-47a4-856f-15c400265975"
}, {
"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"desired_state" : "inherit",
"description" : "",
"persistent" : true,
"template" : {
"appliedAcls" : [ "{{qs-classic_AccessControlList:name}}" ],
"description" : "qs-classic Virtual NIC Set",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic_VnicSet",
"tags" : [ "qs-classic" ]
"label" : "qs-classic_VnicSet",
"orchestration" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"type" : "VirtualNicSet",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic/f7841713-54d1-4c9a-a6cb-32e3e84c753f"
}, {
"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"desired_state" : "inherit",
"description" : "",
"persistent" : true,
"template" : {
"enabledFlag" : true,
"description" : "qs-classic Access Control List",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic_AccessControlList",
"tags" : [ "qs-classic" ]
"label" : "qs-classic_AccessControlList",
"orchestration" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"type" : "Acl",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic/2f2915ca-5047-45bb-8875-0ae183a6425f"
}, {
"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"desired_state" : "inherit",
"description" : "",
"persistent" : true,
"template" : {
"ipAddressPool" : "/oracle/public/cloud-ippool",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic_IP_eth0_cloud"
"label" : "qs-classic_IP_eth0_cloud",
"orchestration" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"type" : "IpAddressReservation",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic/e3f78f72-3eca-4dd1-a054-fdd3fee8a51b"
}, {
"account" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"desired_state" : "inherit",
"description" : "",
"persistent" : false,
"template" : {
"networking" : {
"eth0" : {
"vnic" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic_eth0",
"ipnetwork" : "/Compute-601138841/default",
"is_default_gateway" : true,
"nat" : [ "network/v1/ipreservation:{{qs-classic_IP_eth0_public:name}}", "network/v1/ipreservation:{{qs-classic_IP_eth0_cloud:name}}" ],
"vnicsets" : [ "{{qs-classic_VnicSet:name}}" ]
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"boot_order" : [ 1 ],
"storage_attachments" : [ {
"volume" : "{{qs-classic_storage_1:name}}",
"index" : 1
} ],
"label" : "qs-classic",
"shape" : "oc3",
"imagelist" : "/oracle/public/OL_7.2_UEKR4_x86_64",
"sshkeys" : [ "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic" ]
"label" : "qs-classic_instance",
"orchestration" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic",
"type" : "Instance",
"name" : "/Compute-601138841/me@yahoo.com/qs-classic/instance"
} ],
"desired_state" : "active"

New Video : Online Relocation of a Pluggable Database

Hemant K Chitale - Fri, 2018-06-08 23:09
I have published a new YouTube Video:    Online Relocation of a Pluggable Database.

Categories: DBA Blogs

Do you need the same column with the same check constraint twice? Create a domain!

Yann Neuhaus - Fri, 2018-06-08 07:29

Did you know that you can create domains in PostgreSQL? No, nothing to worry about. We’ll take Frank’s leave for a new opportunity as a chance to introduce the concept of domains. @Franck: Yes, although we all fully understand your decision and the reasons to move on to a new challenge, this post is dedicated to you and you need to be the example in the following little demo. Lets go …

For the (not in any way serious scope) of this post lets assume that we do not want Franck anymore to blog on our blog site. We want to ban him. Of course we could simply delete his user account or disable the login. But, hey, we want to do that by using a domain as that is much more fun to do. Lets assume our blog software comes with two little tables that look like this:

postgres=# \d blogs
                            Table "public.blogs"
 Column |  Type   | Collation | Nullable |              Default              
 id     | integer |           | not null | nextval('blogs_id_seq'::regclass)
 author | text    |           |          | 
 blog   | text    |           |          | 
    "blogs_pk" PRIMARY KEY, btree (id)
Referenced by:
    TABLE "blog_comments" CONSTRAINT "comments_ref_blogs" FOREIGN KEY (blog_id) REFERENCES blogs(id)

postgres=# \d blog_comments
                             Table "public.blog_comments"
 Column  |  Type   | Collation | Nullable |                  Default                  
 id      | integer |           | not null | nextval('blog_comments_id_seq'::regclass)
 blog_id | integer |           |          | 
 author  | text    |           |          | 
 comment | text    |           |          | 
    "blog_comments__pk" PRIMARY KEY, btree (id)
Foreign-key constraints:
    "comments_ref_blogs" FOREIGN KEY (blog_id) REFERENCES blogs(id)

When we want that Franck is not anymore able to create blogs and to comment on blogs we could do something like this:

postgres=# alter table blogs add constraint no_franck_blogs check ( author ~ '!^Franck' );
postgres=# alter table blog_comments add constraint no_franck_comments check ( author ~ '!^Franck' );

This will prevent Franck (actually it will prevent all people called Franck, but this is good in that case as we do not like people called Franck anymore) from inserting anything into these two tables:

postgres=# insert into blogs (author,blog) values ('Franck Pachot','another great blog');
ERROR:  new row for relation "blogs" violates check constraint "no_franck_blogs"
DETAIL:  Failing row contains (1, Franck Pachot, another great blog).

(Btw: Did you notice that you can use regular expressions in check constraints?)

This works and does what we want it to do. But there is an easier way of doing it. Currently we need to maintain two check constraints which are doing the same thing. By creating a domain we can centralize that:

postgres=# create domain no_franck_anymore as text check (value ~ '!^Franck' );

Once we have that we can use the domain in our tables:

postgres=# alter table blogs drop constraint no_franck_blogs;
postgres=# alter table blog_comments drop constraint no_franck_comments;
postgres=# alter table blogs alter column author type no_franck_anymore;
postgres=# alter table blog_comments alter column author type no_franck_anymore;
postgres=# \d blogs
                                 Table "public.blogs"
 Column |       Type        | Collation | Nullable |              Default              
 id     | integer           |           | not null | nextval('blogs_id_seq'::regclass)
 author | no_franck_anymore |           |          | 
 blog   | text              |           |          | 
    "blogs_pk" PRIMARY KEY, btree (id)
Referenced by:
    TABLE "blog_comments" CONSTRAINT "comments_ref_blogs" FOREIGN KEY (blog_id) REFERENCES blogs(id)

postgres=# \d blog_comments
                                  Table "public.blog_comments"
 Column  |       Type        | Collation | Nullable |                  Default                  
 id      | integer           |           | not null | nextval('blog_comments_id_seq'::regclass)
 blog_id | integer           |           |          | 
 author  | no_franck_anymore |           |          | 
 comment | text              |           |          | 
    "blog_comments__pk" PRIMARY KEY, btree (id)
Foreign-key constraints:
    "comments_ref_blogs" FOREIGN KEY (blog_id) REFERENCES blogs(id)

This still prevents Franck from blogging:

postgres=# insert into blogs (author,blog) values ('Franck Pachot','another great blog');
ERROR:  value for domain no_franck_anymore violates check constraint "no_franck_anymore_check"

… but we only need to maintain one domain and not two or more check constraints.


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Massive Delete

Jonathan Lewis - Fri, 2018-06-08 03:14

The question of how to delete 25 million rows from a table of one billion came up on the ODC database forum recently. With changes in the numbers of rows involved it’s a question that keeps coming back and I wrote a short series for AllthingsOracle a couple of years ago that discusses the issue. This is note is just a catalogue of links to the articles:

There is an error in part 2 in the closing paragraphs – it says that the number of index entries deleted varies “from just one to 266″, it actually varies from 181 to 266.


Node-oracledb 2.3 with Continuous Query Notifications is on npm

Christopher Jones - Fri, 2018-06-08 01:48

Release announcement: Node-oracledb 2.3.0, the Node.js module for accessing Oracle Database, is on npm.

Top features: Continuous Query Notifications. Heterogeneous Connection Pools.



Our 2.x release series continues with some interesting improvements: Node-oracledb 2.3 is now available for your pleasure. Binaries for the usual platforms are available for Node.js 6, 8, and 10; source code is available on GitHub. We are not planning on releasing binaries for Node.js 4 or 9 due to the end of life of Node.js 4, and the release of Node.js 10.

The main new features in node-oracledb 2.3 are:

  • Support for Oracle Database Continuous Query Notifications, allowing JavaScript methods to be called when database changes are committed. This is a cool feature useful when applications want to be notified that some data in the database has been changed by anyone.

    I recently posted a demo showing CQN and Socket.IO keeping a notification area of a web page updated. Check it out.

    The new node-oracledb connection.subscribe() method is used to register a Node.js callback method, and the SQL query that you want to monitor. It has two main modes: for object-level changes, and for query-level changes. These allow you to get notifications whenever an object changes, or when the result set from the registered query would be changed, respectively. There are also a bunch of configuration options for the quality-of-service and other behaviors.

    It's worth noting that CQN requires the database to establish a connection back to your node-oracledb machine. Commonly this means that your node-oracledb machine needs a fixed IP address, but it all depends on your network setup.

    Oracle Database CQN was designed for infrequently modified tables, so make sure you test your system scalability.

  • Support for heterogeneous connection pooling and for proxy support in connection pools. This allows each connection in the pool to use different database credentials.

    Some users migrating to node-oracledb had schema architectures that made use of this connection style for data encapsulation and auditing. Note that making use of the existing clientId feature may be a better fit for new code, or code that does mid-tier authentication.

  • A Pull Request from Danilo Silva landed, making it possible for Windows users to build binaries for self-hosting. Thanks Danilo! Previously this was only possible on Linux and macOS.

  • Support for 'fetchAsString' and 'fetchInfo' to allow fetching RAW columns as hex-encoded strings.

See the CHANGELOG for the bug fixes and other changes.


Node-oracledb installation instructions are here.

Node-oracledb documentation is here.

Node-oracledb change log is here.

Issues and questions about node-oracledb can be posted on GitHub.

Finally, contributions to node-oracledb are more than welcome, see CONTRIBUTING.


Pete Finnigan - Thu, 2018-06-07 19:46
The ability to make grants on objects in the database such as tables, views, procedures or others such as SELECT, DELETE, EXECUTE and more is the cornerstone of giving other users or schemas granular access to objects. I say granular....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 07/06/18 At 06:58 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

EBS 12.2 Rapid Install Guide Updated and Streamlined

Steven Chan - Thu, 2018-06-07 12:02

A significant number of customers have successfully installed Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. In doing so, many have provided feedback on how we could improve the installation process and documentation.

I'm pleased to announce that in conjunction with our efforts to improve the EBS 12.2 Upgrade Guides, we have also incorporated customer feedback into the latest published Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2:  Using Rapid Install Guide available in the Oracle E-Business Suite Web Library.

What's New?

The following enhancements have been made to the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2:  Using Rapid Install Guide:

  • Reorganized and simplified chapters and steps
  • Removed the Upgrade chapter which is now incorporated directly in the related Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Upgrade Guide
  • Reduced the number of self references and external references and confirmed all remaining references
  • Leveraged new documentation tags for actionable references and steps

If you are already working on a Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 installation, there's no need to switch to the recently updated Rapid Install Guide. If you are getting ready to start an installation, be sure to use the latest updated guide.


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Categories: APPS Blogs

Disabling database trap with dataguard broker

Yann Neuhaus - Thu, 2018-06-07 09:31

When connecting to dataguard broker and disabling database with ORACLE_SID set before connecting to broker, broker becomes inaccessible, which is shown below:

Login to broker via database ila:

oracle [ILA@p03] /u01/app/oracle/product/ : dgmgrl /
DGMGRL for Linux: Version - 64bit Production

Copyright (c) 2000, 2009, Oracle. All rights reserved.

Welcome to DGMGRL, type "help" for information.
DGMGRL> show configuration;

Configuration - ila

Protection Mode: MaxAvailability
ILAP - Primary database
ila - Physical standby database
ilal - Logical standby database

Fast-Start Failover: DISABLED

Configuration Status:

Disable database ila in broker:

DGMGRL> disable database ila;

Now neither enabling nor showing configuration is possible any more:

DGMGRL> enable database ila;
ORA-16541: database is not enabled

Configuration details cannot be determined by DGMGRL
DGMGRL> show configuration;
ORA-16541: database is not enabled

Configuration details cannot be determined by DGMGRL
DGMGRL> exit

Solution: You have to connect to broker via a database which is enabled.


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SYSDATE and the At sign

Tom Kyte - Thu, 2018-06-07 01:46
Hello. I've seen this code <code>"sysdate@!"</code> used in a program, and i became curios, as I couldn't find any documentation of it. From what I saw, both give the same result: <code>select sysdate@!, sysdate from dual;</code> So my qu...
Categories: DBA Blogs

Is there a way to bulk collect into associate array in 10G?

Tom Kyte - Thu, 2018-06-07 01:46
Hi Tom. First of all, I just want to say thank you for creating such a forum. I have just started using Oracle and have learnt a lot from you here. Now, my question is as follows: Let's say I have a table with 3 columns: create table T (col1 n...
Categories: DBA Blogs

Declare a variable of type DATE using var

Tom Kyte - Thu, 2018-06-07 01:46
Tom, How do I declare a variable of type DATE in SQL*Plus? All I see is CHAR/NCHAR, VARCHAR2/NVARCHAR2, CLOB/NCLOB, REFCURSOR, NUMBER, BINARY_FLOAT and BINARY_DOUBLE. Thanks...
Categories: DBA Blogs


Pete Finnigan - Thu, 2018-06-07 01:26
I posted a couple of days ago my slides from the recent UKOUG Northern Technology day in Leeds where I spoke about GPPR for the Oracle DBA. I said then that i am also preparing a service line for helping....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 06/06/18 At 03:10 PM

Categories: Security Blogs

Wireframing or Prototyping: Which One to Use

Nilesh Jethwa - Wed, 2018-06-06 23:08

While clients tend to tell developers to skip wireframing and prototyping, seasoned veterans tell newbies that they can skip wireframing and proceed with prototyping. Experienced developers believe that interactive prototyping isn’t useful when presenting a project. For example, if the … Continue reading ?

Hat Tip To: MockupTiger Wireframes

ODPI-C 2.4 has been released

Christopher Jones - Wed, 2018-06-06 16:44
ODPI-C logo

Release 2.4 of Oracle Database Programming Interface for C (ODPI-C) is now available on GitHub.

ODPI-C is an open source library of C code that simplifies access to Oracle Database for applications written in C or C++.

Top features: Better database notification support. New pool timeout support.


I'll keep this brief. See the Release Notes for all changes.

  • Support for Oracle Continuous Query Notification and Advanced Queuing notifications was improved. Notably replacement subscribe and unsubscribe methods were introduced to make use more flexible. Support for handling AQ notifications was added, so now you can get notified there is a message to dequeue. And settings for the listening IP address, for notification grouping, and to let you check the registration status are now available.

  • Some additional timeout options for connection pools were exposed.

  • Some build improvements were made: the SONAME is set in the shared library on *ix platforms. There is also a new Makefile 'install' target that installs using a standard *ix footprint.

ODPI-C References

Home page: https://oracle.github.io/odpi/

Code: https://github.com/oracle/odpi

Documentation: https://oracle.github.io/odpi/doc/index.html

Release Notes: https://oracle.github.io/odpi/doc/releasenotes.html

Installation Instructions: oracle.github.io/odpi/doc/installation.html

Report issues and discuss: https://github.com/oracle/odpi/issues

Facebook, Google and Custom Authentication in the same Oracle APEX 18.1 app

Dimitri Gielis - Wed, 2018-06-06 15:37
Oracle APEX 18.1 has many new features, one of them is called Social Login.

On the World Cup 2018 Challenge, you can see the implementation of this new feature. The site allows you to sign-up or login with Facebook, Google, and your own email address.

It's even nicer that if you register with your email, but later decide to sign-up with Google or Facebook, it will recognize you as the same user if the email address is the same.

To get the Social Login to work I had to do the following...


To enable Facebook login in your own app, you first have to create an app on Facebook. Creating an application is straightforward by following the wizards, just make sure you create a website app.


To enable Google login in your own app, you first have to create a project on Google. Adrian did a really nice blog post which walks you through creating your project and setup Google authentication in your APEX application.

To hook-up Google and Facebook to our own APEX app, we have to let APEX know which credentials it should use, namely the info you find in the previous screenshots.

Web Credentials 

Go to App Builder > Workspace Utilities > All Workspace Utilities and click on the Web Credentials link

I added the Web Credentials for Facebook and Google. Web Credentials store the necessary info (Client ID = App ID and Client Secret = App Secret) of the OAuth2 authentication. OAuth2 is a standard these days which most sites are using to authenticate you as a user. Web Credentials are stored on Workspace Level so you can reuse those credentials in all the APEX apps in the same workspace.

Authentication Scheme 

We need to create the different authentication schemes. The Custom Authentication is to authenticate with email, next we have FACEBOOK, and GOOGLE (and Application Express Authentication which is there by default, but not used in this app).

Custom Authentication Scheme

I blogged before about Create a Custom Authentication and Authorization Scheme in Oracle APEX. The package I use in that blog post is pretty similar to the one of the World Cup app. In the Authentication Scheme, you define the authentication function. I also have a post-authentication procedure that sets some application items.

Facebook Authentication Scheme

Normally the authentication scheme of Facebook would look a bit different as Oracle APEX has built-in Facebook authentication, but for that to work, you need to load the SSL certificate in the Oracle wallet. On the platform the World Cup is running, the database is 12.1 and unfortunately, there's a bug in the database with multi-site or wildcard certificates (which Facebook has). So I had to workaround the issue, but I still used a new feature of APEX 18.1, instead of Facebook Authentication I used Generic OAuth2 Provider.

This is how it looks like:

As we are using the Generic OAuth2 Provider, we have to define the different OAuth URLs manually. When you look at my URLs they look a bit strange...

To get around the SSL issue I set up a reverse proxy in Apache which handles the SSL, so anytime the database does a call to http://apexrnd.localdomain it goes through the reverse proxy.
The reverse proxy in Apache is configured like this:

Note that in Oracle DB 12.2 and above the SSL bug is not there, so you don't need to do the above. I've been using the technique many times before if I don't want to deal with the SSL certificates and configuring the Oracle wallet. Adrian did a post about APEX Social Sign-In without a wallet, which might be of interest if you are on Oracle XE for example.

So what else is happening in the authentication scheme? You have to give the scope of what you want to get back from Facebook. In our case, we use the email as username and for additional attributes, we also want to know the first name, last name and the picture. It's really important you set those additional attributes, otherwise, APEX won't pass the full JSON through and takes a shortcut as it just needs the email.

The User info Endpoint URL is special:

Special thanks to Christian of the APEX Dev team, without his help, I wouldn't have figured that one out. Thanks again, Christian!

The next big bit is the post_authenticate procedure which contains the logic to map the Facebook user to the World Cup app user. If it finds the user, it will set some application items again, just like in the custom authentication, but if it doesn't find the user (the first time somebody connects through Facebook), it will create a World Cup user. The most important part of that logic is the part to get the name and picture. Here we parse the JSON the authentication scheme holds in memory.


And then the final bit you have to be careful with, that in the authentication scheme "Switch in Session" is set to "Enabled". This setting is the magic bit to have your APEX application multiple authentication schemes and be able to use one or the other.

Google Authentication Scheme

The Google authentication is simpler than the Facebook one, as we don't have to do the workaround for the certificate as Oracle understands the Google certificate. So here I use the standard APEX 18.1 feature to authenticate against Google. The username attribute is again the email, and the "additional user attribute" is "profile" as that holds the name and picture of the person.

The rest of the authentication scheme is very similar to the one of Facebook. Again don't forget to switch in session to enable.

Login buttons

To call the different authentication schemes on our login page we included different buttons:

The Login button is a normal Submit and will do the Custom Authentication as that is the default authentication (see - Current in Shared Components > Authentication Schemes).

The Facebook button has a Request defined in the link: APEX_AUTHENTICATION=FACEBOOK, this is the way that APEX let you switch authentication schemes on the fly. Very cool! :)

The Google button is similar, but then the request is APEX_AUTHENTICATION=GOOGLE
(note the name after the equal sign needs to be the same as your authentication scheme)

I hope by me showing how the Social Authentication of Oracle APEX 18.1 was implemented in the World Cup 2018 Challenge, it will help you to do the same in your own APEX application.

I really love this new feature of APEX 18.1. The implementation is very elegant, user-friendly and flexible enough to handle most of the OAuth2 authentications out there. Note that Facebook and Google upgrade their APIs to get user info, so depending on when you read this, things might have changed. Facebook is typically backward compatible for a long time, but know that the current implementation in APEX is for API v2.10 and the default Facebook authentication is v3.0. As far as I experienced, the user info didn't change between the API versions. I'll do another blog post how you can debug your authentication as it might help you get other info than the one I got for the World Cup app. Feel free to add a comment if you have any question.
Categories: Development

Oracle SOAR ?!

Dietrich Schroff - Wed, 2018-06-06 14:07
Larry Ellison announced yesterday Oracle SOAR:

Soar [https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/soar]:  
Fly or rise high in the air.
‘the bird spread its wings and soared into the air’
It is about migrating into the cloud [press release]:
the world’s first automated enterprise cloud application upgrade product that will enable Oracle customers to reduce the time and cost of cloud migration by up to 30 percent. By providing a complete set of automated tools and proven cloud transition methodologies, the new “Soar to the Cloud” solution enables customers with applications running on premises to upgrade to Oracle Cloud Applications in as little as 20 weeks.
Oracle does not see a bird - Oracle SOAR is more like a rocket ;-)

But it is not for plain databases or application servers. It is only for E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and Hyperion:
The Oracle Soar offering is available today for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft and Oracle Hyperion Planning customers who are moving to Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle SCM Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud. Oracle will continue to invest in the development of the product, extending the solution to Oracle PeopleSoft and Oracle E-Business Suite customers moving to Oracle HCM Cloud, and Oracle Siebel customers moving to Oracle CX Cloud in the future.

How to Remove Japanese SEO Spam from your Website ?

iMERGE Group - Wed, 2018-06-06 11:51
Discovering the Hack1. Identify infected pages using Google Search
You can uncover such pages by opening Google Search and searching for:
site:[your site root URL] japan
Navigate through some pages of the search results to see if you discover any suspicious looking URLs. These are the pages indexed by Google containing the word ‘japan’. If you notice pages with the Japanese characters in the title or description, it is likely that your website is infected.
Japanese SEO Spam in Google Search Results

2. Verify with Security Issues Tool in Google Search Console
In your Google Search Console (earlier called Google Webmaster Tools), navigate to the Security Issues Tool in the left sidebar.
Google Search Console Security Issues Tool
3. Fetch as Google to check for ‘Cloaking’
When you visit any of these hacked pages, you might see a 404 not found page suggesting that the web page doesn’t exist. Be careful, the hacker may be using a technique called cloaking. Check for clocking by using the “Fetch as Google” tool in your Google Search Console.
Fixing the Japanese SEO Spam Hack1. Remove any newly created user accounts in the Search Console
If you don’t recognize any users in the “Users and Property Owners” tab, immediately their revoke access. Websites hacked with the Japanese SEO Spam add spammy Gmail accounts as admins so that they can change your site’s settings like sitemaps and geotargeting.
2. Run a Malware Scan
Scan your web server for malware and malicious files using the ‘Virus Scanner’ tool in the cPanel provided by your web host.
3. Check your .htaccess file
Hackers often use the .htaccess file to redirect users and search engines to different malicious pages. Verify the contents of the .htaccess file from a last known clean version of the file from your backups. If you find any suspicious code, comment it out by putting the ‘#’ character in front of the rule.
4. Check Recently Modified Files
Login to your web server via SSH and execute the following command to find the most recently modified files:
find /path-of-www -type f -printf '%TY-%Tm-%Td %TT %p\n' | sort -r
If you are an Astra customer, you would have received an email telling you about malicious file changes.
5. Check your Sitemap
A hacker may modified, or added a new sitemap to get the Japanese SEO Spam pages indexed quickly. If you notice any suspicious links in the sitemap, ensure that you quickly update your CMS core files from a last known clean backup.
 6. Prevent future attacks with a Website Firewall
Another option to prevent the Japanese SEO Spam infections is to use a Website Firwall.

If you are still looking for an expert then feel free to reach out to us at support@ingressit.com and someone from our team will surely help you. 

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Wholesale Distributors Build Foundation for Growth

Oracle Press Releases - Wed, 2018-06-06 08:00
Press Release
Wholesale Distributors Build Foundation for Growth Thousands of wholesale distributors including Kitchen Art and Circle Valve Technologies improve business operations with NetSuite

San Mateo, Calif.—Jun 6, 2018

To successfully adapt to a rapidly changing business environment, thousands of wholesale distributors have selected NetSuite to improve business performance, increase customer satisfaction and stay ahead of the competition. For example, Kitchen Art, one of the largest distributors of kitchen cabinets in the southeastern United States, and Circle Valve, a distributor of industrial valves, fittings, filters, and measurement control devices, selected SuiteSuccess for Wholesale Distribution and implemented NetSuite to streamline the management of financials, inventory and reporting.

Kitchen Art Improves its Business Systems with NetSuite

Started in 1989, Kitchen Art provides design and installation services out of its three offices in Florida through more than 900 job sites a month. To successfully grow its business and manage increasing complexity, Kitchen Art selected NetSuite SuiteSuccess for Wholesale Distribution in September 2016. With SuiteSuccess, Kitchen Art is able to quickly and easily track orders, inventory, finances and operations, while also customizing business-specific workflows across processes like product selection and order entry. As a result, the Kitchen Art management team has been able to improve decision making and drive efficiencies by gaining unprecedented visibility into business operations.

“As we continue to achieve great success in our industry, NetSuite is helping us expand even further in Florida and the southeast US,” said Rick Cuseo, VP of Finance, Kitchen Art. “NetSuite, along with our outstanding employees and valued customers, are the secret sauce that help to fuel our growth.”

  • Circle Valve Prepares for Next Stage of Growth with NetSuite

Founded by two friends in 1986, Circle Valve Technologies has grown into a world class supplier of precision valves, fittings and controls. Today, the company operates an 8,000-square-foot facility that houses roughly $1.2 million in inventory. To continue to expand its business, Circle Valve Technologies needed a strong business management system. After a careful evaluation, Circle Valve Technologies selected NetSuite SuiteSuccess for Wholesale Distribution in August 2016 for its comprehensive functionality, cloud-based architecture and ease of implementation.

“Circle Valve Technologies has been built on strong technical expertise, inventory management and customer service,” said Chris Simmons, General Manager, Circle Valve Technologies. “To support our next stage of growth, we needed a new business management system and NetSuite has been phenomenal. It’s everything we need all in one system. The amount of detail I can get from a customer record just by clicking the dashboard view is staggering.”

For more information on SuiteSuccess for Wholesale Distribution, visit: www.netsuite.com/suitesuccesswd.

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About Kitchen Art

Since 1989, Kitchen Art has set the standard for high-end custom kitchen cabinetry design and installation, and quality remodeling. To learn more visit http://kitchenartdesigncenter.com.

About Circle Value Technologies

Circle Valve is a value-added distributor and manufacture rep of industrial valves, fittings, filters and measurement control devices for a variety of industries and applications. To learn more visit https://www.circlevalve.com.

About Oracle NetSuite

For more than 20 years, Oracle NetSuite has helped organizations grow, scale and adapt to change. NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based applications, which includes financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR, professional services automation and omnichannel commerce, used by more than 40,000 organizations and subsidiaries in 199 countries and territories.

For more information, please visit http://www.netsuite.com.

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