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RE: How to keep "root" out?

From: Richard Ji <>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 21:39:25 -0800
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A strange loop eh? You must have read GEB. :)

-----Original Message-----

From:	Tim Gorman []
Sent:	Sat 8/30/2003 12:49 AM
To:	Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
Subject:	Re: How to keep "root" out?


But if you encrypt it, where do you keep the key? How do you retrieve it for use? Donıt forget to follow the problem to the next step...

...and when you do, you realize that if nobody can be trusted, then the problem of security becomes an Escher print, or a Mobius strip, or the infinity symbol, or the exact value of ³pi²...

on 8/29/03 9:29 AM, Richard Ji at wrote:

> We assume the SA don't know much about Oracle.  But if some one is
> particularly interested in
> getting into the database, he might be on this list as well learning all our
> defense mechanisms. :)
> Or doesn't have to be subscribed to it since this list is mirrored other
> places and google is his friend.
> I think the bottom line is, if you absolutely don't want the data to be seen,
> encrypt it.
> My 2 cents.
> Richard Ji

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Mercadante, Thomas F []
>> Sent: Friday, August 29, 2003 10:31 AM
>> To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
>> Subject: RE: How to keep "root" out?
> Walt,
> 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

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: []
>> Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 4:50 PM
>> To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
>> Subject: Re: How to keep "root" out?
>> But someone determined to get in the database can simply edit sqlnet.ora
>> "Tanel Poder" <>
>> Sent by: 08/28/2003 10:24 AM
>> Please respond to ORACLE-L
>> To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
>> <>
>> cc:
>> Subject: Re: How to keep "root" out?
>> Hi!
>> Put sqlnet.authentication_services = none in your server's sqlnet.ora. Then
>> everyone has to use a password.
>> Tanel.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Walter K <>
>> To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L <>
>> Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 6:34 PM
>> Subject: How to keep "root" out?
>> 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.
>> W


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