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PSOUG / Fuzzing tool helps Oracle DBAs defend against SQL injection
« on: March 23, 2009, 06:25:04 AM »
Full Article: Fuzzing tool helps Oracle DBAs defend against SQL injection

Database security software vendor Sentrigo Inc. released a new open source fuzzing tool, FuzzOr, designed to identify vulnerabilities found in Oracle database software applications.

With FuzzOr, Sentrigo aimed to create a tool that would allow database administrators and programmers to test PL/SQL applications for security vulnerabilities, said Slavik Markovich, co-founder and chief technology officer of Sentrigo.

While other tools for vulnerability assessment typically fix a list of errors, the FuzzOr is dynamic because it does not have a preconfigured checklist, Markovich said.

"[FuzzOr] is different because I don't think there is any other tool that does fuzzing on the PL/SQL program," Markovich said. "FuzzOr tries to scan a particular code and analyze [the code] for vulnerabilities."

Oracle security expert Pete Finnigan, director for, an Oracle security site, said FuzzOr is a useful tool because it is one of the only practical tools that is free and analyzes PL/SQL for vulnerabilities.

"FuzzOr has the advantage because with FuzzOr you're not looking at soft code and analyzing it, instead you're trying to break it and make it do something different," Finnigan said.

Full Article: Fuzzing tool helps Oracle DBAs defend against SQL injection

PSOUG / Data Pump Enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1
« on: March 23, 2009, 06:22:08 AM »
Full Article: Data Pump Enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1

Data Pump Enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1

This article provides an overview of the main Data Pump enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1, including:

    * Encryption Parameters
          o XML_CLOBS
    * Miscellaneous Enhancements

The COMPRESSION parameter allows you to decide what, if anything, you wish to compress in your export. The syntax is shown below.


The available options are:

    * ALL: Both metadata and data are compressed.
    * DATA_ONLY: Only data is compressed.
    * METADATA_ONLY: Only metadata is compressed. This is the default setting.
    * NONE: Nothing is compressed.

Here is an example of the COMPRESSION parameter being used.

    expdp test/test schemas=TEST directory=TEST_DIR dumpfile=TEST.dmp logfile=expdpTEST.log

The COMPATIBLE initialization parameter should be set to "11.0.0" or higher to use these options, except for the METADATA_ONLY option, which is available with a COMPATIBLE setting of "10.2".

Encryption Parameters
Data pump encryption is an Enterprise Edition feature, so the parameters described below are only relevant for Enterprise Edition installations. In addition, the COMPATIBLE initialisation parameter must be set to "11.0.0" or higher to use these features.

Full Article: Data Pump Enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1

PSOUG / Oracle-Base: Basic Enterprise Manager Troubleshooting
« on: March 23, 2009, 06:20:27 AM »
Full Article: Basic Enterprise Manager Troubleshooting

The web-based Enterprise Manager tool was introduced in Oracle 10g and has significant functionality improvements over previous versions. Even so, it seems there is not a day goes by without someone asking how to solve an Enterprise Manager configuration issue, so this article explains the first things you should look at. It's not meant to be an all encompassing guide. Just a first shot.

First, check the listener is running correctly.

    lsnrctl status

If you get something like the following, your listener is not running and you need to start it using the "lsnrctl start" command.

    $ lsnrctl status

    LSNRCTL for Linux: Version - Production on 13-MAR-2009 13:32:49

    Copyright (c) 1991, 2008, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

    TNS-12541: TNS:no listener
     TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
      TNS-00511: No listener
       Linux Error: 2: No such file or directory
    Connecting to (DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(HOST=oel5-11g.localdomain)(PORT=1521)))
    TNS-12541: TNS:no listener
     TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
      TNS-00511: No listener
       Linux Error: 111: Connection refused

Full Article: Basic Enterprise Manager Troubleshooting

PSOUG / Oracle close to acquiring Virtual Iron
« on: March 22, 2009, 09:28:15 AM »
With little to no success in pushing its own virtualization product, Oracle is in talks to acquire Virtual Iron, according to insiders at the startup.

Oracle Corp. has signed a letter of intent to acquire Virtual Iron Software Inc. and is said to be at the "checking-into-how-things-are-run stage," according to a source, who requested anonymity.

The terms of the deal were not available, but industry analysts believe it's likely to be a fire sale. In a fifth round of funding in January 2008, Lowell, Mass.-based Virtual Iron clinched $20 million bringing its total funding to date to $65 million.

Virtual Iron claims to have around 2,000 small and medium-sized business customers, but it's "very much an also-ran in this market," according to Gordon Haff, principal analyst at Illuminata Inc. "They might be the fifth largest virtualization player, but that's like being a fourth-string quarterback," he said. They'll pay "whatever Larry Ellison has lying around in his sock drawer," he added.

Full Story: Oracle close to acquiring Virtual Iron

PSOUG / Oracle Offering Scaled-Down Database Machine
« on: March 21, 2009, 05:02:18 PM »
Oracle Offering Scaled-Down Version of Database Machine

IDG News Service — Citing customer demand, Oracle has unveiled a half-size version of the HP Oracle Database Machine, its competitor to high-end data warehousing products such as that sold by Teradata.

The HP Oracle Database Machine was co-developed by Oracle and Hewlett-Packard and is part of Oracle's Exadata product line, launched to great fanfare at the OpenWorld conference last year.

It initially was available as a rack filled with eight HP DL360 database servers, four Infiniband switches, a storage server grid with 14 servers, and various software products, according to a post made Thursday to Oracle's Data Warehouse Insider blog.

But now, "due to popular demand, addressing smaller entry points with the same extreme performance on the same technology basis, Oracle is now introducing a smaller system," the blog states. The scaled-down version has four HP DL360 database servers, two switches and seven storage servers and "will provide similar scalability and performance characteristics as the full rack."

Full Story: Oracle Offering Scaled-Down Version of Database Machine

PSOUG / Is Oracle Forking Red Hat Linux?
« on: March 21, 2009, 06:28:38 AM »
via /.

Is Oracle Forking Red Hat Linux?

For nearly three years, Oracle has had its own version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, claiming the two versions are essentially the same thing. But are they really?

As it turns out, there are a few things on which Oracle and Red Hat do not see eye-to-eye, including file systems and virtualization.

The article quotes Wim Coekaerts, Oracle's director of Linux engineering, saying, "A lot of people think Oracle is doing Enterprise Linux as just basically a rip off of Red Hat, but that's not what this is about," Wim Coekaerts, director of Linux engineering at Oracle, told "This is about a support program, and wanting to offer quality Linux OS support to customers that need it. The Linux distribution part is there just to make sure people can get a freely available Linux operating system that is fully supported."

"We don't want to create a new Linux distribution that is different from Red Hat, because the issue is about support and not the software itself," Coekaerts added.

Yet, as it turns out, Oracle Enterprise Linus's binary compatibility does not mean that its version is entirely identical to Red Hat's. In fact, there are some important differences, including support for a key file system technology.

Full article: Is Oracle Forking Red Hat Linux?

PSOUG / New Look 'n Feel
« on: March 20, 2009, 06:40:34 PM »
The final "look and feel" is here; there shouldn't be any more changes except possibly some fine-tuning. We hope you like it. :)

PSOUG / Upcoming Oracle Events List
« on: March 19, 2009, 08:59:47 AM »
March 2009

    * 8-12 March 2009 Hotsos Symposium, Dallas, Texas, USA
    * 10 March 2009 OUG Ireland Conference & Exhibition, Dublin.
    * 10-12 March 2009 Oracle’s OpenWorld Latin America 2009, São Paulo, Brazil.
    * 13 March 2009 Q3 2009 Oracle Earnings Release

April 2009

    * 1-2 April 2009 OAUG Connection Point, Dhow Palace Hotel, Dubai, UAE
    * 14 April 2009 Critical Patch Update
    * 22-24 April 2009 Oracle OpenWorld Japan: Tokyo, Japan.

May 2009

    * 3-7 May 20098 COLLABORATE '09 Conference (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA)

June 2009

    * 16 June 2009 Q4 2009 Oracle Earnings Release
    * 21-25 June 2009 ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2009 conference, Monterey, California, USA.
    * 22-24 June 2009 SAOUG 2009 User Conference, Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa

July 2009

    * 14 July 2009 Critical Patch Update

August 2009

    * Extended Support for Oracle RDB version 7.0 ends.

October 2009

    * 11-15 October 2009 Oracle OpenWorld Conference (Moscone Center, San Fransisco, USA)
    * 13 October 2009 Critical Patch Update

PSOUG / InSync Oracle Conference April 20th-21st Sydney Australia
« on: March 17, 2009, 05:50:30 PM »

InSync09 is the leading applications event of 2009. The independent user groups in Australia and New Zealand will come together for the first time to co-host this inaugural conference.

The family of Oracle applications users in Australia and New Zealand are invited to join their peers to share ideas, innovations, solutions and experience the value of Oracle user groups (non-members are most welcome).

InSync09 offers the most comprehensive Oracle applications agenda outside the US. The programme will comprise 80+ sessions over 2 days and includes social activities such as the cocktail party and an InSync09 Exhibition.

Register here

PSOUG / Free Oracle Unbreakable Linux and Oracle VM 3-disc Kit
« on: March 17, 2009, 09:13:14 AM »
Free Oracle Unbreakable Linux and Oracle VM 3-disc Kit

"Manage your data more efficiently, economically, and ecologically with zero risk—start saving today.

Discover how to optimize resources while reducing hardware, energy, and facility costs with Oracle VM server virtualization. And realize highest quality service and cost savings with Oracle’s industry-leading, global, enterprise-class, Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program. Order your free kit today!

The kit includes Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.2 (x86-64bit), Oracle VM 2.1.2, and additional resources: Get It Here

PSOUG / Patchset released
« on: March 17, 2009, 09:09:37 AM » Patchset released

Oracle has released the patchset for all major platforms. Look for patch "6890831" at

PSOUG / Original Archive Pages Now Available
« on: March 16, 2009, 11:02:38 PM »
So many people requested the "original" library pages be made available that we decided to do it. Here they are:

Original Oracle Library Pages

PSOUG / NoCOUG presents Oracle Performance for Developers
« on: March 16, 2009, 10:58:25 AM »
NoCOUG presents Oracle Performance for Developers with Cary Millsap and Karen Morton Pleasanton, May 19-20   The Northern California Oracle Users Group is an independent, volunteer organization dedicated to the education and representation of the users of Oracle Corporation's database and tools software. NoCOUG has been around for over 15 years.

We are a dynamic group of over 450 members from all over Northern California. Typically from 200 to 250 members and guests attend our meetings each quarter. NoCOUG events take place at various locations around San Francisco Bay, including Redwood Shores, San Ramon, and Sunnyvale. Many of the presentations from our recent conferences are available for download.

We have some terrific, long-term meeting site sponsors
as well as vendors who help support our organization

NoCOUG and the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) are alliance partners. We encourage you to learn more about IOUG by visiting the IOUG website at

PSOUG / ODTUG Conference 2009: June 21 ~ 25 2009
« on: March 15, 2009, 07:41:42 AM »

Early Bird Registration Extended to April 7

ODTUG Community Service Day Project Announced!

No extra fees! Your registration fee covers everything, including:

    * 150+ technical sessions by top Oracle experts including Tom Kyte, Steven Feuerstein, Bryn Llewellyn, Mark Rittman, Cary Milsap, Tim Tow, Edward Roske, Scott Spendolini, David Peake, Paul Dorsey, Peter Koletzke, and many, many more

    * Four Symposia - Application Express, Hyperion/Essbase, SOA and BPM, Web Architecture

    * 30+ Hands-On Training Sessions

    * Keynotes by Oracle Senior Vice Presidents John Kopcke, Steve Miranda, and Robert Gersten

    * The opportunity to meet with Oracle Ace Directors and Oracle Aces during their annual meeting being held at Kaleidoscope

If you can only attend one training event this year, this is the one!

PSOUG / Oracle Technology Solutions Fair: Thursday, April 16, 2009
« on: March 15, 2009, 06:50:37 AM »
To register call 1.800.820.5592 ext. 6175.

Oracle Technology Solutions Fair

Featuring Oracle Technology Products

A new technology stack is emerging in the marketplace – one focused on business intelligence, integrated processes, and collaboration across the enterprise. While the opportunities associated with this new technology stack are vast, many IT organizations struggle with the task of quantifying its impact to the organization. What is the value of improved decision-making? Or improved collaboration? Or integrated systems?

Join Mark Stevens, Oracle’s Vice President of Industry Strategy and Insight, as he shares his experiences working with customers in quantifying the business value associated with the latest technology trends.

You will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with dozens of Oracle product experts during the Product Fair. Having completed more than 40 transactions since fiscal 2005, Oracle has been one of the most active acquirers in the software industry, adding many new solutions to Oracle's product line. Hear from these experts about what this means for your business.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

The Westin Seattle
1900 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Meet the Oracle subject matter experts and certified partners to learn how our broadly expanded product portfolio allows you to leverage your current Oracle investment. Representative from Oracle Consulting, Oracle Support, Oracle University and Oracle Customer Service will also be available for discussion.

To view the most recent list of Oracle acquisitions click here.

Oracle Presenters

Enterprise 2.0

    * WebCenter
    * WebLogic Portal
    * Universal Content Management
    * Information Rights Management
    * Email Archive

Business Intelligence

    * Oracle Business Intelligence
    * CRM On Demand
    * Hyperion
    * Essbase
    * Demantra
    * Oracle Data Integrator

Oracle Database

    * RAC
    * Partitioning
    * OLAP
    * Advanced Security
    * Data Guard
    * Exadata


Enterprise Management

    * Tuning and Diagnostics
    * Data Masking
    * Change Management
    * Grid Management
    * Applications Management
    * Applications Monitoring
    * Applications Testing
    * Real Applications Testing


    * Audit Vault
    * Data Vault
    * Advanced Security
    * Secure Enterprise Search
    * Secure Backup


Identity Management

    * Entitlements Server
    * Directory Services
    * Access Manager
    * Identity Manager
    * Role Manager
    * Enterprise Single Sign-On

Application Grid Technologies

    * WebLogic Server
    * Coherence

Call 1.800.820.5592 ext. 6175 to register now.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Registration and Networking Lunch and Demo Grounds
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Keynote Address
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Demo Grounds
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    Networking Social and Demo Grounds

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