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Pete Finnigan's Oracle Security Weblog

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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New Oracle Security Talks

I am going to be doing three sessions at the UKOUG conference this December in Birmingham. I am going to be chairing the Oracle Security Round table on the 4th December. I am also writing three new presentations; two for the conference and one for a SIG.

I will do two new papers on the 5th December for the UKOUG conference; the first is "Security controls for DBA's, power users and third parties" - this will talk about how to design security controls to allow DBA's, power users and others to access and use the database safely without creating a bigger risk than necessary; i am also going to talk about how to allow third party and power access by using context sensitive security controls. I will cover the issues and example solutions for the problems. The second new paper is "Building Practical Audit TrailsBuilding Practical Audit Trails" where I am going to talk about building usefuk audit trails using just the core features of the database. So we will cover designing, managing, tech setup, reports, alerts and more. I will also cover auditing of the audit trail itself to capture changes or unauthorised access to it. I will also cover audit of security controls and also discuss the obvious risks and trade offs in using database audit features and what we can do to reduce those risks.

The final new presentation will be on secure codeing in PL/SQL; this will be given at a UKOUG Sig in London on October the 10th. This talk covers the risks to your PL/SQL code, how it can be exploited - so obviously SQL Injection but other attacks, how to prevent them and also I will dicuss protective coding, securing your IPR in PL/SQL, how to make sure your code only runs where it is supposed to (so context based security again) and i will also talk about secure coding when creating security features in PL/SQL with a couple of examples.

OK, thats it for now.