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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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A new Oracle Security book.... or three!

I saw via Paul's blog yesterday that Alexandr Polyakov who works for Digital Security Research Group has written a new book on Oracle Security titled "'езопасность Oracle глазами аудитора: нападение и защита" which translates in Google to English as "Security Oracle eyes of the audience: attack and defense" which gives us the jist of what its about. The book is the first written by a Soviet author on Oracle Security - this is overdue in my opinion as there has always been a lot of Oracle security info out there in Russian but perhaps less known than the English speaking papers and work.

I emailed Alexandr to ask if the book is available in English or electronically - no to both - its also only for sale on Russian book-seller sites. I bought it today from which even though I have a fluent Russian speaking wife seemed quite difficult. I do know some words in Russian and used google to translate but it doesnt translate buttons so when the screens say do "x-y-z" you are stuck unless you type the words into google translate or have a Russian speaking wife to hand! - also useful by the way to read the emails sent by the site!

Its been despatched - don't know how long it will take to get here but I am eagerly waiting to read what i can and then annoy my wife to read out what i dont understand..:-)

Also David Knox and a few co-authors have released a new book called "Applied Oracle Security : Developing Secure Database and Middleware Environments" - Its available in the states for a while now and also on Kindle but its on pre-order still in the UK. I ordered it some time ago and the due date was january but today i got an email from Amazon saying it will ship next week. So i am also looking forward to reading that as well as I have around 9 trips on planes over the coming weeks so I need some reading material.

Finally I also saw via Paul's blog that my new book (with lots of other co-authors) - "Expert Oracle Practices: Oracle Database Administration from the Oak Table" is available for Alpha release. This includes my two chapters on "User security" and "Data Security". The chapters have been tech reviewed by Jonathan Gennick and also Arup Nanda but they are not final proof but you can get the book now on Apress and read the Alpha versions and get the full complete book when it comes out.