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Ah, finally home after 10 days of travel. I attended the UKOUG event in Birmingham and did a database security presentation and participated in a security round table. I also attended very interesting presentations by Pete Finnigan and Paul Wright.

One noteworthy presentation was called Breaking Oracle which showed how to create scenarios where the Oracle database crashes or spins. I thought that some of the examples in the presentation were major security issues that allow users to crash or spin Oracle with very simple queries.
Please don’t try this on your database –
select 1 from dual where regexp_like(‘ ‘,’^*[ ]*a’);
Or this:
SQL> create table t2(col1 varchar2(60));
SQL> create table t1(c1 varchar2(60),
c2 varchar2(1),
c3 varchar2(60),
c4 varchar2(60));
SQL> explain plan for
select 1 from t1 a, t2 b ,t1 c
where b.col1 = ‘xxslc_department’
and a.c1 not between c.c3 and c.c4
start with a.c2=’p’
connect by prior a.c1 between a.c3 and a.c4;

I thought long and hard about what I was going to present during this conference. I did not want to do the usual stuff of unsecure/default passwords, securing the listener or applying patches. I wanted to present something that would give the attendees a real call-to-action they could take with them immediately after the conference. So, I decided to do something simple that would demonstrate SQL injection on a made-up function and show how you should protect this function. Also, I wanted to show how DBAs could find such vulnerable code in the database and fix it.


I’ll be presenting on Oracle database hacking and security at the UKOUG DBMS Special Interest Group meeting this week. The meeting will take place on Thursday, 20th March 2008 in Baylis House, Slough (UK, obviously). Here’s the link for the agenda and details http://www.ukoug.org/calendar/show_event.jsp?id=3358

Hope to see some of you there – come and say hello…