Call: +44 (0)1904 557620 Call

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.

[Previous entry: "Good overview of SOA security"] [Next entry: "A useful perl script to check for listener password brute force attempts"]

Arup's new book and some networking

I received Arup and Steven's new book PL/SQL for DBAs"> today through the post and have managed to spend around an hour skimming through it. The books does not dissapoint. It covers not a huge range of security topics but does cover some key subjects very well. My own angle is normally to look at how to audit a database for security issues and how then those issues found can be fixed. This book is all about using the technology to implement secure applications. I have skimmed ovr the encryption chapter and also the RLS chapter. This is a very well written book, I am looking forwards to reading it properly and slowly.

I have also spent some time today in town and bought a telephone extension kit and also a wireless router and a couple of wireless USB sticks. I have ADSL and an ADSL router already. This is downstairs at the moment and I have cat V cables running from its location upstairs to my office. The plan is to move the ADSL router upstairs, extend the phone line upstairs and to leave all my SUN, HP, Linux and Windows boxes hardwired with cat V networking and to then have the wireless router so that I can use my laptop downstairs when needed and still access the net. Its taken me sometime to decide to go the wireless route but I have to get rid of the networking cables from downstairs and keep all the routers, hubs, computers etc in my office. Wireless is a neat solution for this and as there are security concerns with wireless it will be secured behind its own firewall and also the wireless will be secured and it wont be on 24/7, in fact it will be on when needed only.

OK, xmas lights to wire up now!!