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Google blocks dangerous Oracle queries

In reaction to the article on using Google to identify exploits on web-enabled Oracle systems, Oliver Griffiths, an analyst for the UK Defence Academy at Cranfield University noted that Google has shut-down some Google searches that might be used by bad guys to hack into online Oracle databases.

The Google search to identify sqlnet.ora files has now been disabled by Google:


However, the search to find people's init.ora files is still enabled by Google:

filetype:ora init

The bestselling book “Google Hacking for Penetration Testers”, Johnny Long’s idea has opened many people’s eyes about the power of Google when placed in the wrong hands.

For example, just run this Google search below to identify dozens of web-sites with a iSQL*Plus interface, the first-step by a hacker who is interested in launching a buffer overflow attack on your Oracle database.


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