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Oracle DBA's may disclose confidential information
In a tip titled "The Perils of inadvertent Disclosure", Donald Burleson notes that many Oracle web sites contain proprietary information about the details of an Oracle database:

Publishing STATSPACK reports and AWR reports on the web is extremely dangerous, where the malicious hacker might see the exact configuration of the instance, complete details about the application and examine real-world SQL from an actual Oracle system.  For example, this simple Google Search reveals proprietary details about several real-world Oracle databases including a listing of all parameters, the instance and server name, the IP address of the server and actual examples of the production SQL.

Burleson also notes that some help forums may attempt to entice Oracle professionals into disclosing proprietary details by demanding repeatable "proof" scripts:

All Oracle professionals should be wary of anyone who insults then or claims that obfuscating client details is somehow "dishonest" . . . Anyone who publishes information about their on-the-job experiences should be especially wary of anyone who demands that you "prove" your observations with a repeatable real-world test case.


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