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Expert offers tips on securing Oracle databases
September 1, 2004

In a recent article published by, Oracle database expert and author Don Burleson provides tips on securing Oracle databases.

Don Burleson indicated that, the database industry is still "plagued with substandard security,"....

When it comes to securing Oracle 9i, Burleson said, the biggest security mistake Oracle DBAs make is to fail to properly install it, which makes the database vulnerable to hackers and viruses. Oracle has virtually impenetrable security when properly installed, he said.

"What happens is that sometimes DBAs don't completely read the directions and, without meaning to, leave a security hole," he said.

Below are just a few recommendations Burleson gave on how companies can secure their Oracle databases:

  • allow only trusted IP addresses to access the database server
  • using random password generators is a bad idea, according to Burleson. It virtually guarantees that users will have a written list of passwords.
  • Companies must also develop security systems for the data that feeds the applications, rather than only for the applications themselves,289142,sid41_gci914696,00.html





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