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RE: How to keep "root" out?

From: Jesse, Rich <>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 08:14:32 -0800
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Good point. Also, SYS becomes AUDITable in 9i, which should help an after-the-fact whodunnit, especially if the hostname (or IP) is properly captured. It's not prevention (I still don't think that's possible if the user has root access), but it can provide a good trail of bread crumbs to follow back to the crumbdumb.


Rich Jesse                           System/Database Administrator                  Quad/Tech Inc, Sussex, WI USA

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Something that has not been suggested - migrate your database to 9.2. Connect as internal goes away.  

Other than that, I think the best suggestion you got was a conversation, and granting access to the v$ tables thru a specific account for that person.

And then put a long trigger in place tracking all connections to the database. Keep track of all SYS connections. At least you know when things happen. And periodically review the init.ora file for the database to make sure that nobody changes anything.  

Good Luck!

Tom Mercadante
Oracle Certified Professional
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But someone determined to get in the database can simply edit sqlnet.ora

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Put sqlnet.authentication_services = none in your server's sqlnet.ora. Then everyone has to use a password.   


Just for grins, I'll ask this question... Is there any way to keep the Unix
"root" user from logging into the database (i.e. connect internal or / as
sysdba)? Currently using on Solaris 8 here.   

We have a couple people in our Unix admin group that feel the need to "help" by writing their own DB monitoring scripts. Of course, they don't know what they're talking about. They do not have formal logins for the database, but since they are root users they are connecting via "connect internal". This is not only counterproductive but actually a potential security issue--just because someone has root doesn't necessarily entitle them to see the data in the database. What if it is a payroll database?   

So, I'm curious, is there any way to prevent access via "connect internal" or "/ as sysdba"?   

Thanks in advance.   


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