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Pete Finnigan's Oracle Security Weblog

This is the weblog for Pete Finnigan. Pete works in the area of Oracle security and he specialises in auditing Oracle databases for security issues. This weblog is aimed squarely at those interested in the security of their Oracle databases.

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Radoslav Rusinov's Blog and mod_plsql passwords in clear text

I came across Radoslav Rusinov's blog quite by chance. I had seen Radoslav's name previously as he has posted to threads on my Oracle Security Forum but I did not realise that he had a blog until this evening so I went to have a look. He has not been started long but already has some very good and very detailed posts. Mostly the posts so far are not Oracle security related but he lists one of his interests as security so i guess we can look forwards to some good posts. I found one good security related post so far. This is titled "How to see the MOD_PLSQL passwords in clear text".

This post talks about how easy it is to get at DAD passwords in clear text in pre-10g versions. I was aware of this previously as I mention this in my book and also the SANS course but Radoslav has given a very good discussion of the issue with examples and also tips on how to secure. He also includes a Java program for decrypting the base64 encoded passwords and also a link to an online decoder. This is a great blog so far and well worth watching in the future.