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Oracle CPU / PSU Announcement October 2017

The Oracle open world 2017 is over, the dust just settled down. A perfect time for Oracle to release the October critical patch advisory. With not less than 270 new security vulnerability fixes across the Oracle products it seems to be a rather huge update. From the DB perspective it is nothing unusual. It contains 6 new security fixes for vulnerabilities on Oracle Database, and 2 of the vulnerabilities can be used remotely without authentication, but none of the vulnerabilities affect Oracle client installations. Overall the highest CVSS Rating is 8.8 for Oracle Database Server on Windows respectively 7.8 for on Windows and Linux. According to Oracle the following components are affected:

  • Core RDBMS
  • Java VM
  • XML Database
  • RDBMS Security
  • Spatial (Apache Groovy)
  • WLM (Apache Tomcat)

Not all of these components are installed by default. It is therefore recommended that you check your database environment to see if it is necessary to apply this critical patch update. OK, I guess Core RDBMS is part of you database setup 🙂

For Oracle Fusion Middleware the situation looks somehow different. The Critical Patch Update includes not less than 40 fixes for vulnerabilities. Up to 26 vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication and are rated with the highest CVSS rating of 9.8.

More details about the patch will follow soon on the Oracle Security Pages.

By the way, Oracle improved the table which lists the affected products and components in there advisory. Oracle Database is not a the top of the table any more.

Articles in DOAG Red Stack Magazin

A while ago I wrote two articles for the DOAG Red Stack Magazin. In the meantime both articles have been published. For this reason I use the opportunity to make the PDF versions of the articles available on oradba.ch. The articles are written in German and available as Trivadis version as well Red Stack version. Although the articles versions differ only in the number of typos and layout.

None of the articles are currently available in english. On request I will write also articles about Oracle Unified Directory in English in the future. However, currently I still have a lot of ideas for blog posts about database security, enterprise user security and unified directory on my to-do list. And blog posts I usually write in english… 🙂

Oracle Unified Directory 12 Released

Finally end of working day. But while reading some newsletter and mails on my way home, I realised that there will be some work at home. After a long wait, Oracle has finally released Oracle Unified Directory 12c 🙂

A overview of the new features:

  • Improved performance and scalability
  • Support for TNS aliases for Oracle Unified Directory deployments with Oracle Enterprise User Security (EUS) configured
  • Support for TLS 1.2 Protocols and Cipher Suites
  • Password-Based Key Derivation Function 2 Password Storage Schemes
  • ODSM Rebranding
  • Support for new log publishers that are configurable via OUDSM
  • Support for the Upgrade OUD Instance script
  • Support for WebLogic Scripting Tool provisioning commands
  • Support for new log publishers that are configurable via OUDSM
  • Support for Oracle Fusion Middleware configuration tools
  • Support for Oracle WebLogic Server
  • Support for Oracle JDK 1.8

See Fusion Middleware Release Notes What’s New in Oracle Identity Management 12c ( for a full list of new features.

Links related to Oracle Unified Directory 12c:

Stay tuned, I’ll definitely write more blog posts on Oracle Unified Directory 12 soon.

GDPR and Database Security Speeches

The new EU GDPR and Database Security in general keeps me busy. I’ve updated the list of speeches and events for the next couple of month. It’s an interesting mix between GDPR, Oracle Database Security and MS SQL Server 2016 security. Depending on the feedback of the Call For Papers for the DOAG Conference and the Oracle OpenWorld there will probably be more. But for now I’ll definitely give a full day training on Oracle Database 12c Security at the Education day on DOAG Conference.

Upcoming events

Have you missed an event? In this case check out the download page or blog post categorized with speaking. If possible, I’ll provide all information online?

DOAG Webinar Oracle 12.2 New Security Features

A couple of days ago I’ve successfully finished the DOAG Webinar on Oracle 12c Release 2 new Security Feature. It was a great opportunity to discuss the security enhancements in the latest Oracle database release. This release introduces some new security features that simplify the secure operation of on-premises or cloud-based databases. Especially the online encryption of tablespaces with TDE.

Based on initial experiences and insights, the following topics have been discussed:

  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Database Auditing with Unified Audit
  • Encryption with Transparent Data Encryption
  • As well as an overview of further innovations in database security

The slides and the recording of the webinar is available in German over the following links:

Start OUD Servers on Boot using systemd

Starting Oracle Unified Directory on system boot is essential for production environment. Unfortunately OUD just provides a script to create the init.d script. But newer system in general use systemd initialise and startup. Nevertheless, creating a custom unit file for OUD is simple and straightforward. First, let’s create a regular init.d script with the create-rc-script from oud. The created custom script can be used as template for the systemd unit file.

create-rc-script does allow a couple of parameter to specify the script name, OS user for OUD and the JAVA_HOME. The following example of create-rc-script does show how to create a regular start script for OUD instance oud_ad_proxy.

export OUD_HOME=/u00/app/oracle/instances/oud_ad_proxy
export JAVA_HOME=/u00/app/oracle/product/jdk1.7.0_141

cd $OUD_HOME/OUD/bin
create-rc-script -f oud_ad_proxy.sh -u oracle -j $JAVA_HOME

This does create the following bornshell script for init.d.

# Copyright (c) 2012, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
# chkconfig: 345 90 30
# description: Oracle Unified Directory startup script

# Set the path to the Oracle Unified Directory instance to manage

# Specify the path to the Java installation to use

# Determine what action should be performed on the server
case "${1}" in
  /bin/su - oracle -- "${INSTALL_ROOT}/bin/start-ds" --quiet
  exit ${?}
  /bin/su - oracle -- "${INSTALL_ROOT}/bin/stop-ds" --quiet
  exit ${?}
  /bin/su - oracle -- "${INSTALL_ROOT}/bin/stop-ds" --restart --quiet
  exit ${?}
  echo "Usage:  $0 { start | stop | restart }"
  exit 1

The same start / stop commands can now be used in the unit file. So let’s create a new custom unit file in /etc/systemd/system. The unit file is named according the old instance.

sudo vi /etc/systemd/system/oud_ad_proxy.service

Add the following content to the new unit file.

Description=OUD AD Proxy Instance oud_ad_proxy

ExecStart=/u00/app/oracle/instances/oud_ad_proxy/OUD/bin/start-ds --quiet
ExecStop=/u00/app/oracle/instances/oud_ad_proxy/OUD/bin/stop-ds --quiet
ExecReload=/u00/app/oracle/instances/oud_ad_proxy/OUD/bin/stop-ds --restart --quiet


As soon as we have the new unit file we have to enable the service.

sudo systemctl enable oud_ad_proxy.service

Start the OUD instance using systemctl.

sudo systemctl start oud_ad_proxy.service

Stop the OUD instance using systemctl.

sudo systemctl stop oud_ad_proxy.service

Display the status of the OUD service.

sudo systemctl status oud_ad_proxy.service

 oud_ad_proxy.service - OUD AD Proxy Instance oud_ad_proxy
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/oud_ad_proxy.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Tue 2017-05-16 22:41:09 CEST; 28s ago
  Process: 18300 ExecStop=/u00/app/oracle/instances/oud_ad_proxy/OUD/bin/stop-ds --quiet (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 18397 ExecStart=/u00/app/oracle/instances/oud_ad_proxy/OUD/bin/start-ds --quiet (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 18477 (java)
   CGroup: /system.slice/oud_ad_proxy.service
           └─18477 /u00/app/oracle/product/jdk1.7.0_141/jre/bin/java -server -Dorg.opends.server.scriptName=start-ds org.opends.server.core.DirectoryServer --configClass org.opends.server.extensions.ConfigFileHandler -...

May 16 22:41:01 euterpe systemd[1]: Starting OUD AD Proxy Instance oud_ad_proxy...
May 16 22:41:09 euterpe systemd[1]: Started OUD AD Proxy Instance oud_ad_proxy.

Some references and links to MOS Notes:

EU GDPR, MS SQL Server 2016 and Oracle Security

I’ve just updated the list of my public appearances and planned events. For once, no just Oracle Events 🙂 I’ll speak about the new EU GDPR and its impact on databases in a Trivadis regional customer event together with my colleague Stephan Hurni. Beside this two events I’ll hold a webinar on Oracle 12c Release 2 new security features. This webinar is organised by DOAG.

Unfortunately all these events are in german. No matter, I’m about to register the one or other topic at upcoming Call For Papers. If the speeches get approved I’ll update my list of public appearance.