Credit for finding this bug is given to Daniel Ekberg – https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10435009. He got the official credit given by Oracle Corp for helping out with security related bugs in the January 2014 CPU. He found the bug and had the tenacity to track down and prove that it was a bug and not just a flaw in the logging mechanism where this first was indicated to occur.
Today is the day when (more...)
Database administrators, by the very essence of their job descriptions, are the protectors of their organization’s core data assets. They are tasked with ensuring that key data stores are safeguarded against any type of unauthorized data access. Ensuring that data is protected on a 24 x 7 basis is a complex task. External intrusions and internal employee data thefts combine to make many IT professionals lie awake at night thinking about how they can secure (more...)
The above phase means “who will guard the guards themselves?” and is relevant in many security contexts.
Here in Denmark, we are currently having our own “News of the World” affair. In our case, a contractor at the payment processor handling almost all Danish credit cards was able to automatically send a tip to a journalist whenever a celebrity used his or her credit card. That makes it hard to take an incognito honeymoon (more...)
The Heartbleed bug has shown that security vulnerabilities can pop up everywhere. Unfortunately, many IT organizations depend on a single security layer to secure their network – and as the ineffectiveness of the Maginot Line proved, that is a risky strategy. You need multiple security layers – what soldiers call Defence in Depth.This illustration is from my weekly Technology That Fits newsletter – sign up here.
I'm currently at IOUG Collaborate 2014 in Las Vegas, and I recently finished my 2-hour deep dive into WebCenter. I collected a bunch of tips & tricks in 5 different areas: metadata, contribution, consumption, security, and integrations:
As usual, a lot of good presentations this year, but the Collaborate Mobile App makes it a bit tough to find them...
Bezzotech will be at booth (more...)
Sid is doing his popular course, The Art of Exploiting Injection Flaws, at this year’s Black Hat. You can find more details here. Definitely highly recommended.
A bit of a follow-up to my previous post on Digest authentication.
The fun thing about doing the hard yards to code up the algorithm is that you get a deeper level of understanding about what's going on. Take these lines:
v_in_str := utl_raw.cast_to_raw(i_username||':'||i_realm||':'||i_password);
v_ha1 := lower(DBMS_OBFUSCATION_TOOLKIT.md5(input => v_in_raw));
Every time we build the "who we are" component for this site, we start with exactly the same (more...)
I will describe how you configure trust stores for the WebLogic Server.
Chain of trust
When a SSL server certificate is issued by a CA it is signed by a another certificate. Normally this will be an intermediate certificated, that is again signed by the CAs root certificate. So there is a chain of trust between the (more...)
In every business, there is a balance between business goals and various impediments.
You need to make sure that you don’t allow legal, QA, security and other internally-focused concerns tip the scale towards paralysis. There is more in this week’s edition of my newsletter “Technology That Fits” – sign up here.
Suddenly, our offshore colleagues could not access the database. We scrambled to find a solution, and and it soon transpired that the central security function had rolled out out a security policy upgrade the night before. Unfortunately, our offshore colleagues were connected to the network in an uncommon way, so the new security policy cut them off.
You don’t know what will happen when you change a system. Enterprise IT landscapes have reached a complexity (more...)
This post is about exploring the mechanisms used by Oracle Clusterware 184.108.40.206 to restrict remote service registration, i.e. the 12c new feature "Restricting Service Registration for Oracle RAC Deployments"Why is this useful?
This improvement of 12c clusterware and listeners over the 11.2 version is useful mainly for security purposes, for example as a measure against TNS poisoning attacks (see also CVE-2012-1675
), and it is particularly relevant for (more...)
(blogarhythm ~ Points of Authority / Linkin Park)
I recently got my hands on a review copy of Learning Devise for Rails
and was quite interested to see if it was worth a recommendation (tldr: yes).
A book like this has to be current. Happily this edition covers Rails 4 and Devise 3, and code examples worked fine for me with the latest point releases.
The book is structured primarily as a (more...)
We recently upgraded our EM12c 220.127.116.11 installation to 18.104.22.168. This service was configured to authenticate logins against our Active Directory server via LDAP. However, after upgrading we found that authentication stopped working, even after recreating the Active Directory Authenticator (as required). I could see the list of users from AD, but could not authenticate them in EM!
In this post I'm going to share what we did to diagnose (more...)
Today when trying different settings with Basic Authentication and SOA Suite, I wanted to from the embedded OWSM Policy Repository of JDeveloper to the one stored on the application server. In JDeveloper you can do that through preferences (Tools | Preferences). See this blog for more details.
Click on the App Server Connection option and choose an existing connection through the Connections drop-down or add a new one by clicking New.
It seems that Boing just lost a 4 billion dollar deal to supply fighter jets to Brazil, because the Brazilians were miffed that the NSA spied on them.
You also live in a transparent world. If the NSA was unable to weed out Edward Snowdon in their hiring procedure, do (more...)
My son (10) has been asking about VPNs a lot lately. Which I thought was because of all of the news lately about the NSA. I ended up showing him tunnel bear, which he quickly installed on his laptop and iPhone. I complimented my son for his interest in security (more...)