Oracle Security
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 1998
Pages: 456

Security in a relational database management system is complex, and too few DBAs, system administrators, managers, and developers understand how Oracle implements system and database security. This book gives you the guidance you need to protect your databases.

Oracle security has many facets:

  • Establishing an organization's security policy and plan
  • Protecting system files and passwords
  • Controlling access to database objects (tables, views, rows, columns, etc.)
  • Building appropriate user profiles, roles, and privileges
  • Monitoring system access via audit trails

Oracle Security describes how these basic database security features are implemented and provides many practical strategies for securing Oracle systems and databases. It explains how to use the Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Security Server to enhance your site's security, and it touches on such advanced security features as encryption, Trusted Oracle, and various Internet and World Wide Web protection strategies.

A table of contents follows:

Preface Part I: Security in an Oracle System

  • Oracle and Security
  • Oracle System Files
  • Oracle Database Objects
  • The Oracle Data Dictionary
  • Default Roles and User Accounts
  • Profiles, Passwords, and Synonyms
Part II: Implementing Security
  • Developing a Database Security Plan
  • Installing and Starting Oracle
  • Developing a Simple Security Application
  • Developing an Audit Plan
  • Developing a Sample Audit Application
  • Backing Up and Recovering a Database
  • Using the Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Maintaining User Accounts

Part III: Enhanced Oracle Security

  • Using the Oracle Security Server
  • Using the Internet and the Web
  • Using Extra-Cost Options

Appendix A. References

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By Ed Dice

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Comments about O'Reilly Media Oracle Security:

Topic is good and needs clear and explanative discussions.

Not enough practical examples for implementing security.

Out of date. This book edition does not cover Oracle 8i, 9i.

Seems it is only addressing up to Oracle 8.0.4 - - isn't that a bit dated????

I would think with a little effort on O'Reilly's part this book can

be updated to be a current and useful tool.


Oracle Security Review

By Kevin Bass

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Comments about O'Reilly Media Oracle Security:

This is a good reference book. As a new DBA, I have found the material on

developing a database security policy and plan, audit plans, etc. to be very informative.

This book along with Oracle Database Administration: The Essential Reference, is a great reference combination for a new DBA.

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Oracle Security Review

By K Vainstein

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Comments about O'Reilly Media Oracle Security:

By far the weakest O'Reilly Oracle book I've bought. Good topic, inferior coverage.

The ALTER USER username IDENTIFIED BY VALUES 'encrypted_passwd_string' and PRODUCT_USER_PROFILE mechanisms are better explained in "SQL*Plus: The Definitive Guide" - buy that instead.

About the only valuable part of the book is the table of contents (see what you need to find, then look for it elsewhere), which is found right here on (thank you, O'Reilly!).

Puerile and irrelevant analogies ("privilege group is like a treehouse club", "database is like a refrigerator") don't help either. (If that's how Marlene talks to her children, I'm sorry for them.)

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