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select any dictionary vs. select_catalog_role

Oracle Database Tips by Burleson Consulting

August 9, 2015

Question:  I see that select any dictionary seems to have the same ability as the  select_catalog_role for read-only privileges against the data dictionary views. 

What is the difference between select any dictionary and select_catalog_role?

Answer:  The differences are subtle between select any dictionary and select_catalog_role.  It comes down to the difference between the properties of a system-level privilege and a role. 

Remember, a role is a collection of system-level or object-level privileges:

  • select any dictionary:  This is a system-level privilege that is always active and allows the grantee to create objects.
  • select_catalog_role:  This is a role, which is a collection of privileges. A role can be specifically enabled or disabled and this role cannot be used to create any objects (tables).
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