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This is the weblog for Pete Finnigan. Pete works in the area of Oracle security and he specialises in auditing Oracle databases for security issues. This weblog is aimed squarely at those interested in the security of their Oracle databases.

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David Litchfield has started a blog and talks about the worm



I saw that David Litchfield has started a weblog that is simply titled "Databasesecurity.com Weblog". I notice that he has made a good choice of using greymatter software. This is what I use and have been very happy with so far.

I was particularly interested by a post titled "On Oracle worms" that makes an interesting point about the feeling in the community of Oracle users that a worm will not work because the database is usually behind a firewall. Whilst there are no where as near as many Oracle databases exposed to the net as SQL Server / MSDE for instance, it does not mean that there are not exposed databases out there.

The new Oracle Express should change that viewpoint. I am also interested by Davids comments that the extproc flaw would be an ideal vector for a worm and it could be called remotely and also methods exist for replication. Whilst it would be possible to do this from inside the database a more scripted approach might suit. As David points out lets hope that his comment does not end up being a self fulfilling prophecy.