Connect Oracle from Python in Windows

Python is a  very popular programming language that can be used for general purposes. It is an interpreted language with object-oriented features. At my blog I will give some information about Python how you can use it for database security subjects. at this note I will explain how you can connect Oracle from Python . I assume that you already installed Python to your PC. In the future at another note I will explain how you can install and run Python at your Windows Client.

In order to connect Oracle from Python in Windows  ; you need to downloads and install Python interface to Oracle from this website

https://pypi.python.org/pypi/cx_Oracle

According to your installation choose 32 bit or 64 bit module.

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Put this interface into Scripts directory  ( C:\Python361\Scripts )  and run pip program with install option

pip install cx_Oracle-6.0rc1-cp36-cp36m-win32.whl

Now you installed Oracle interface for Python. The second operation is to make reachable oci.dll from Python to call Oracle libraries.

For this reason you need to install Oracle instant client. You can download Oracle instant client from below websites.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/winx64soft-089540.html  ( 64 bit )

or

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/winsoft-085727.html  ( 32 bit)

At this website you can see many packages to download but only Oracle Instant Client package is enough for Python.

I download both of them and I put them in different directories. You have to just unzip these packages like below.

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Now you have to add the directory of the instant package into PATH environment variable like below. To change PATH variable follow below steps

In Control  Panels choose System;

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From this page choose Advanced system settings

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choose Environment Variables;

In Environment Variables; choose PATH and add Oracle Instant Client path.

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After changing PATH variable I advice to restart your client.

Now you can use Python module cx_Oracle to connect  Oracle database. I wrote below program to check cx_Oracle module. This program connects to an Oracle database and shows its version. At the same time It executes a small query to get database name

 

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you can get the source of this code from github

https://github.com/yusufanilakduygu/Wordpress-Posts/blob/master/connect-oracle-from-python-in-windows

Check the program. Simply run it. You should get below result.

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Now you installed and configured Oracle package ay Python. You can use it your projects.

 

Oracle DB Vault New Features in Oracle 12c Release 1 – Part 4 : New Realms

Now we continue to work on changes in  Oracle Database Vault  in 12c Release 1 version. Three new Realms are added in this release . These are;

  • Oracle Default Schema Protection Realm
  • Oracle System Privilege and Role Management Realm
  • Oracle Default Component Protection Realm

 

Let’s check these new Realms with the query.

 

SELECT

*

FROM

DVSYS.DBA_DV_REALM;

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What objects are protected in  these new Realms ? Let’s start with Oracle Default Schema Protection Realm;

SELECT

*

FROM

DVSYS.DBA_DV_REALM_OBJECT

WHERE

REALM_NAME = ‘Oracle Default Schema Protection Realm’;

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This realm protects roles and schemas in Oracle OLAP, Oracle Spatial, and Oracle Text. (CTXSYS, MDDATA and MDSYS)

 

SELECT

*

FROM

DVSYS.DBA_DV_REALM_AUTH

WHERE

REALM_NAME = ‘Oracle Default Schema Protection Realm’;

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Oracle System Privilege and Role Management realm. This realm protects sensitive roles which are given below. Some import and export roles , Java roles , audit management roles, catalog operation roles..

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Oracle Default Component Protection Realm ;  This realm protects the SYSTEM and OUTLN schemas.

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You can get the SQL queries in this note at github

 

Oracle DB Vault New Features in Oracle 12c Release 1 – Part 3 :  Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control to Manage DB Vault.

After Oracle 12c Release 1 version you can use all DB Vault functionality with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control . DBMS_MACADM PL/SQL package procedures and functions have included in Oracle Enterprise Manager. For each operation you can see the running script by pressing Show SQL button.

You should connect to Enterprise Manager to run  Database Vault  Administrator with  a user who has DV_OWNER role. After logon  Database Vault home page appears like this;

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At this page ;  you can see

  • Violations that were made against to DB Vault rules
  • Database Vault Alerts
  • Audit Reports

In order to make operations on DB Vault objects; you have to go Administration section . In the below picture ; you can see Command Rules page in Administration  section.

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If you want to see all default rules ; you should check Show Oracle defined Command Rules box.If you want to create a new command rule;  just click Create button

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You can enter all necessary parameter to create a new Command Rule at this page. After clicking Show SQL button you can see the necessary script to create a new command rule

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For example ; If you want to see all details about a Command Rule; Choose the Command rule 

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And then just double click on it.

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Another functionality of DB Vault is you can control the authorization on some database operations . For example ; you can identify which user can make data pump operations , Goldengate operations or database patching. You can define all these users  from Oracle Enterprise Manager by choosing ; Database Operation Authorization section

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After choosing Database Operation Authorization section ; you can see all database operations which are controlled by DB Vault

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You can add , edit or delete usernames from this page for each database operations.

As you see ; In Oracle 12c Release 1 version you can use all functionality of Oracle DB Vault and the most important thing is Oracle does not support old Oracle DB Vault Console after Oracle 12c version.  Therefore if you are a Database Vault administrator you should learn Oracle Enterprise Manager DB Vault functionality. 

Oracle DB Vault New Features in Oracle 12c R1 – Part 2 : Enabling DB Vault

In this article I will continue to describe the changes in Oracle DB Vault in  Oracle 12c version.

At the below note I explained the changes at DB Vault installation . At this note I will show you what has been changed to enable and disable DB Vault in Oracle 12c version.

https://yusufanilakduygu.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/oracle-db-vault-new-features-in-oracle-12c-changes-at-db-vault-installation/

The major changes is you have to connect to database as DB vault owner to disable and enable DB Vault in Oracle 12c. But in Oracle 11g version ,  oracle operating system user can enable and disable Oracle DB Vault. It means that ;  Oracle DBA can change DB vault status in Oracle 11g . But in version Oracle 12c only DB Vault owner can do this.

This is a big change and It makes DB Vault much more secure in Oracle 12c.

In Oracle 11g version

In Oracle 11g , you can disable and enable DB Vault bu only chopt command. Only oracle user ( operation system user ) can run this command from operating system. DBAs can disable Oracle DB Vault in Oracle 11g version and then after making changes at the Database DBAs can enable Oracle DB Vault without asking the Database Security officer. This is an insecure situation and Oracle changed it in Oracle 12c version.

Enable DB Vault in Oracle 11g

Shutdown the database
CONNECT SYS AS SYSOPER
Enter password: password

SHUTDOWN IMMEDIATE

Enable Oracle DB Vault

$ chopt enable lbac

$ chopt enable dv

And then startup the database

CONNECT SYS AS SYSOPER
Enter password: password

STARTUP

DISABLE DB Vault in Oracle 11g

Shutdown the database
CONNECT SYS AS SYSOPER
Enter password: password

SHUTDOWN IMMEDIATE

Disable  Oracle DB Vault

$ chopt disable dv

$ chopt disable lbac

And then startup the database

CONNECT SYS AS SYSOPER
Enter password: password

STARTUP

In Oracle 12c version

In Oracle 12c version you have to connect the database with an account which is a database owner. Simple; database owner can enable and disable Oracle DB vault in Oracle 12c version. And this is much more secure if you compare it with Oracle 11g version.

Enable DB Vault in Oracle 12c

connect as the Oracle Database Owner (DV_OWNER) account, and then enable Oracle Database Vault.

SQL> CONNECT dvowner
Enter password:
Connected.
SQL> EXEC DBMS_MACADM.ENABLE_DV;
PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.
SQL> commit;
Commit complete.

Note ; If Oracle Label security is not enabled before , You should enable it

CONNECT SYS AS SYSDBA
Enter password: password

EXEC LBACSYS.CONFIGURE_OLS;
EXEC LBACSYS.OLS_ENFORCEMENT.ENABLE_OLS;

and then restart the database;

CONNECT SYS AS SYSOPER
Enter password: password

SHUTDOWN IMMEDIATE

STARTUP 

Disable  DB Vault in Oracle 12c

connect as the Oracle Database Owner (DV_OWNER) account, and then disable Oracle Database Vault.

SQL> CONNECT dvowner
Enter password:
Connected.
SQL> EXEC DBMS_MACADM.DISABLE_DV;
PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.
SQL> commit;
Commit complete.

and then restart the database;

CONNECT SYS AS SYSOPER
Enter password: password

SHUTDOWN IMMEDIATE

STARTUP 

 

Finding Oracle Users with Import – Export Privileges – 2

Oracle Users with  IMPORT/EXPORT  role -2  DATAPUMP_IMP_FULL_DATABASE

Export utilities are used for extracting database objects and data from database to a file, and Import utilities are used for importing these extracted files into databases. In order to run IMPORT/EXPORT utilities you would have to have system roles which are given below.

  • IMP_FULL_DATABASE
  • DATAPUMP_IMP_FULL_DATABASE
  • EXP_FULL_DATABASE
  • DATAPUMP_EXP_FULL_DATABASE

These privileges should only be granted to authorized users. Normally database administrators should perform export and import operations. Therefore during our database assessment; we should find that these grants would only be given to DBA users.

If you want to list Oracle users  ( or roles ) which have DATAPUMP_IMP_FULL_DATABASE system role,  we could use the below query.  This query is developed by hierarchical query technique. Same query can be used on Oracle 11g and Oracle 12c versions.

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The text version of the SQL are given below
SELECT
DISTINCT A.GRANTEE,
A.GRANTED_ROLE,
‘DATAPUMP_IMP_FULL_DATABASE’ GRANTED_CRITIC_ROLE
FROM
(
SELECT
DISTINCT LEVEL LEVEL_DEEP,
GRANTEE,
GRANTED_ROLE
FROM
DBA_ROLE_PRIVS
START WITH GRANTED_ROLE = ‘DATAPUMP_IMP_FULL_DATABASE’
CONNECT BY PRIOR GRANTEE = GRANTED_ROLE
) A,
DBA_USERS B
WHERE
A.GRANTEE = B.USERNAME
AND B.USERNAME NOT IN(
‘SYSTEM’,
‘SYS’
)
AND B.ACCOUNT_STATUS = ‘OPEN’;

 

In order to list users with DATAPUMP_IMP_FULL_DATABASE   in the multitenant architecture, we use the below query.

 

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The text version of this query is given below.

SELECT
DISTINCT A.GRANTEE,
A.GRANTED_ROLE,
B.COMMON,
C.NAME,
‘DATAPUMP_IMP_FULL_DATABASE’ GRANTED_CRITIC_ROLE
FROM
(
SELECT
DISTINCT LEVEL LEVEL_DEEP,
GRANTEE,
GRANTED_ROLE,
CON_ID
FROM
CDB_ROLE_PRIVS
START WITH GRANTED_ROLE = ‘DATAPUMP_IMP_FULL_DATABASE’
CONNECT BY PRIOR GRANTEE = GRANTED_ROLE
AND PRIOR CON_ID = CON_ID
) A,
CDB_USERS B,
V$CONTAINERS C
WHERE
A.GRANTEE = B.USERNAME
AND B.USERNAME NOT IN(
‘SYSTEM’,
‘SYS’
)
AND B.ACCOUNT_STATUS = ‘OPEN’
AND A.CON_ID = C.CON_ID
AND B.CON_ID = C.CON_ID ;

 

Finding  users with  EXP_FULL_DATABASE Role;

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And the last one DATAPUMP_EXP_FULL_DATABASE ;

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Now look the the same SQLs in Multitenant Architecture ;

EXP_FULL_DATABASE Role for Multitenant Architecture

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And the last one DATAPUMP_EXP_FULL_DATABASE for Multitenant Architecture

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If we want to revoke IMPORT/EXPORT privileges from a user;  we could use below commands

 

REVOKE IMP_FULL_DATABASE FROM UserName;

REVOKE DATAPUMP_ FULL_DATABASE FROM UserName;

REVOKE EXP_FULL_DATABASE FROM UserName;

REVOKE DATAPUMP_EXP_FULL_DATABASE FROM UserName;

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Oracle DB Vault New Features in Oracle 12c Release 1 – Part 4 : New Realms

Now we continue to work on changes in Oracle Database Vault in 12c Release 1 version. Three new Realms are added in this release . These are;

  • Oracle Default Schema Protection Realm
  • Oracle System Privilege and Role Management Realm
  • Oracle Default Component Protection Realm

Let’s check these new Realms with the query.

SELECT

*

FROM

DVSYS.DBA_DV_REALM;

What objects are protected in these new Realms ? Let’s start with Oracle Default Schema Protection Realm;

FROM

dvsys.DBA_DV_REALM_OBJECT

WHERE

REALM_NAME = ‘Oracle Default Schema Protection Realm’;

This realm protects roles and schemas in Oracle OLAP, Oracle Spatial, and Oracle Text. (CTXSYS, MDDATA and MDSYS)

SELECT

*

FROM

DVSYS.DBA_DV_REALM_AUTH

WHERE

REALM_NAME = ‘Oracle Default Schema Protection Realm’;

Oracle System Privilege and Role Management realm. This realm protects sensitive roles which are given below. Some import and export roles , Java roles , audit management roles, catalog operation roles..

Oracle Default Component Protection Realm ; This realm protects the SYSTEM and OUTLN schemas.

Oracle DB Vault New Features in Oracle 12c R1 – Part1 : Changes at DB Vault Installation

There are many changes at Oracle DB Vault in Oracle 12c version. At this note I will give you information about  the change at DB  Vault Installation .

  1. DB Vault Installation

At Oracle 11g version you need to  relink Oracle binary before installing Oracle DB Vault. You do not need this operation in Oracle 12c.

At Oracle 11g version you need to relink binary with chopt command like below

$ chopt enable lbac

$ chopt enable dv

And You do not need in Oracl 12c vesion

In order to install and configure DB Vault In Oracle 11g version, you have to use dbca. At Oracle 12c you only need dbca to install Oracle Label Security and Oracle DB vault component . You can use DVSYS.CONFIGURE_DV packet to configure DB vault. Actually still you can do this configuration with dbca but it is optional.

DB Vault component installation is made with this page in  dbca in Oracle 12c version.

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And DB Vault configuration can be made by dbca but It is optional

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This gives us flexibility ; During database installation DBAs can install Oracle DB Vault without making any configuration on it. After the DB Vault installation is completed, you can make DB Vault configuration as a security officer without DBA intervention.

The below  query shows that DB Vault component is installed. But It does not mean that It is enabled.

SQL> select comp_id,status from dba_registry where comp_id in (‘OLS’,’DV’);

COMP_ID STATUS
—————————— ———–
DV VALID
OLS VALID

With DVSYS.CONFIGURE_DV; you can mention which user is DB Vault admin and which user database account manager.

SQL> BEGIN
2 DVSYS.CONFIGURE_DV (
3 dvowner_uname => ‘dvowner’,
4 dvacctmgr_uname => ‘dvacctmngr’);
5 END;
6 /

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

This packet is new in Oracle 12c and It gives us flexibility to security officer to configure DB vault alone. After DB Vault component installation tou do not need to rebound the database bu you need to run utlrp.sql to compile all invalid objects.