At this note I will give you some brief information about how you can hide Oracle listener version information from hackers and network scanning tools. This vulnerability is called tns remote version disclosure.

First we know that ; there is no parameters at Oracle listeners to hide version information.

And the legal solution for this problem is to filter network traffic by any means. But this solution can be very expensive to hide version information, If you think about you have many listeners.

Therefore the simple solution is to change the default listener configuration.

The main point is that ; hackers assume that you are using factory setting at your database listener. At the factory settings the name of the listener is LISTENER and the default port is 1521 or 1522

Now ; After installing Oracle binary if you do not change default listener parameters. Hackers can get your installed binary version name  by sending version command to 1521 port. The output will be liket that.


After getting this information; Hackers will try the known vulnerabilities to hack your database . Therefore it is important to hide Oracle binary version.

You can do it very easily way. Change default listener name to any complicated name. Like on the following picture.


And then restart the listener.

After that ; when any scanning tools or hackers attempt to find Oracle binary version. They will get the below answers.


After changing Listener Name, if you change default port. It will be much more difficult for hackers to hack Oracle listener. But do not forget that changing listener port could be difficult job.

I will work  on listener security topics on the next notes.


Installing Oracle DB Vault to Oracle 11g Database

Installing Oracle DB Vault to Oracle 11g Database

At this document; I will show you how you can install Oracle DB vault to Oracle 11g Database.

Step 1: Check If DB Vault installed before

We use GV$OPTION view to check this. I checked DB vault in two nodes RAC database.

SQL> column parameter format a25

SQL> column value format a25

SQL> SELECT * FROM gV$OPTION WHERE PARAMETER in ( ‘Oracle Database Vault’,’Oracle Label Security’);



1|Oracle Label Security |FALSE

1|Oracle Database Vault |FALSE

2|Oracle Label Security |FALSE

2|Oracle Database Vault |FALSE

If Oracle database Vault and Oracle Label Security are already installed ( It means all TRUE returned from this query ) goto step 3;

Step 2: Enable Oracle Label Security and Oracle DB Vault

2.1 Close the Database

Shutdown Oracle database , stop listener ( If you opened a listener with this binary ) and stop enterprise manager ( If Enterprise manager uses this binary )


$ lsnrctl stop listener

$ emctl stop dbconsole

2.2 Enable DB Vault Binaries

Now enable Oracle Label Security and Oracle database vault consequently with the following commands

$ chopt enable lbac

$ chopt enable dv

2.3 Open the Database

After enabling Oracle Label security and DB vault you have to open database and other closed applications.

SQL> startup

$ lsnrctl start listener

$ emctl start dbconsole

2.4 Check if Binaries linked properly

Now Check DB vault and Oracle Label Security.

SQL> column parameter format a25

SQL> column value format a25

SQL> SELECT * FROM gV$OPTION WHERE PARAMETER in ( ‘Oracle Database Vault’,’Oracle Label Security’);



1|Oracle Label Security |TRUE

1|Oracle Database Vault |TRUE

2|Oracle Label Security |TRUE

2|Oracle Database Vault |TRUE

All returned values have to be TRUE

Step 3 : Install DB Vault

Now It is time  to install DB vault. Start installation with dbca

$ dbca

Choose Configure database option.


Chose the correct DB name to install DB vault.( If there are multiple instances at the same ORACLE_HOME)


Skip Enterprise Manager Configuration


Now Chose Oracle LAbel Security and Oracle Database Vault to install them


Now enter the usernames and passwords for Database Vault Owner and Account Manager separately.


Chose Finish to start the Installation


Now the installation will start


After this windows and the installation window will appear and shows the status of installation. After the installation finishes you can close dbca.

Now you installed Oracle DB Vault to your database. Just connect with  DB Owner and Account Manager usernames to the database to check the installation

At the following notes I will show you how you can manage Oracle DB Vault.

Security Control on Default Oracle Database Users

When you install Oracle databases , some predefined default  users are created.The name of the default users are known by hackers and these users are a attack surface for a database.  These default user passwords are the first passwords which are tried by hackers.Therefore the passwords of these users should be changed after the database installation and at the same time;  these users should be in EXPIRED & LOCKED status.

How we control the password of these passwords. Oracle database includes a view which control the password of these users;


This view shows the default users which have default passwords. Normally zero records should return from this query.

Let’s check at my database;



As you see nearly all the default users have default passwords at my test database.  Before changing their passwords we should  check the status of these users. If these users are in EXPIRED & LOCKED status. It is acceptable , although they have default passwords.  Zero record should return from this query, otherwise it is a big finding.


Let’s run it at my test database;


Gotcha ; At my database there are two default users which are on OPEN mode . This  is a  finding what I have to  do is;  I have to  change these  passwords and then I have to change their status to EXPIRED & LOCKED too.

SQL> Alter user Adams identified by complexpasswd01
2         account lock password expire;

User altered.

SQL> alter user Orddata identified by complexpasswd02
2 account lock password expire;

User altered.

Now check all default user status;



Good  ; All default users are on EXPIRED & LOCKED status.  But still some of them have default passwords ( except Orddata and adams ). We have to change all default passwords and make them Expired & Locked with the below query

‘Alter User ‘||USERNAME||’ identified by ‘
||dbms_random.string(‘U’, 6)
||’ account lock password expire;’


Now run the output of the query;

Alter User DIP identified by JACYDY9781 account lock password expire;
Alter User MDSYS identified by KPIJES7846 account lock password expire;
Alter User SPATIAL_WFS_ADMIN_USR identified by VQOAHQ7579 account lock password expire;
Alter User CTXSYS identified by AQOXGV7508 account lock password expire;
Alter User OLAPSYS identified by RWQIOP7224 account lock password expire;
Alter User OUTLN identified by WZMAQB2175 account lock password expire;
Alter User SPATIAL_CSW_ADMIN_USR identified by YYLLQH7066 account lock password expire;
Alter User EXFSYS identified by CXDMCS3349 account lock password expire;
Alter User ORACLE_OCM identified by GXRUUP7532 account lock password expire;
Alter User DBSNMP identified by DXBASG8552 account lock password expire;
Alter User MDDATA identified by HPEFPE5098 account lock password expire;
Alter User ORDPLUGINS identified by GWOITV2439 account lock password expire;
Alter User ORDSYS identified by ZIPVNJ6941 account lock password expire;
Alter User APPQOSSYS identified by TCTUYF9776 account lock password expire;
Alter User XDB identified by QRGXXV3781 account lock password expire;
Alter User SI_INFORMTN_SCHEMA identified by MHYJOV6216 account lock password expire;
Alter User WMSYS identified by RMYTXH9752 account lock password expire;

With this query we changed default passwords and we made all users EXPIRED&LOCKED again.

Now If you query SYS.DBA_USERS_WITH_DEFPWD , zero record will return. It means that all default passwords have been changed.


no rows selected

Have a good day.

Now your default username passwords are secure.

Have a good day.

Anıl Akduygu



Oracle Database Security Assesment Tool DBSAT

Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool ( DBSAT) is a new security assessment product for Oracle databases. I heard it from Pedro Lopes ( (EMEA Field Product Manager at Oracle). He told to me give a try for this new product. Firsts,  I was reluctant about the subject . But after I tried it; I saw that it is very practical tool to see your potential vulnerabilities  at Oracle databases. It is very easy to install and you will get your report directly in a second.And It gives you time to think about your security bugs, you do not need to think about how you can install and start the product.

Overview of the Product

DBSAT runs on a Oracle database server to analyze database security. It is a command line program.It runs queries to collect information about the Oracle database and database server  For each database you have install and run it.

It has two parts;

DBSAT collector; runs queries to collect data

DBSAT reporter: Produces report from collected data and gives recommendation on different formats.


I made my installation on a Oracle Vm machine Linux 7 and I used Oracle 12c database.

Create a directory to work on DBSAT files

[oracle@ol7 ~]$ mkdir /home/oracle/dbsat

[oracle@ol7 ~]$ cd  /home/oracle/dbsat

Download  dbsat.zip file from Oracle Metalink and put this file to the dbsat directory.

Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT) (Doc ID 2138254.1)

And Install the dbsat.zip

[oracle@ol7 dbsat]$ unzip dbsat.zip -d /home/oracle/dbsat

Directory Listing should be like that;

[oracle@ol7 dbsat]$ ls -lrt
total 520
-r-xr-xr-x. 1 oracle oinstall 24757 Sep 27 20:55 sat_analysis.py
-r-xr-xr-x. 1 oracle oinstall 9198 Oct 7 19:09 dbsat.bat
-r-xr-xr-x. 1 oracle oinstall 229245 Oct 21 19:09 sat_reporter.py
-r-xr-xr-x. 1 oracle oinstall 9039 Oct 21 19:09 dbsat
-r-xr-xr-x. 1 oracle oinstall 42135 Oct 27 21:11 sat_collector.sql
-rwxr-x—. 1 oracle dba 198362 Mar 5 10:09 dbsat.zip
drwxr-xr-x. 2 oracle oinstall 4096 Mar 5 10:12 xlsxwriter

Running DBSAT Collector

you can run DBSAT collector with a user which needs below privileges.

Role DV_SECANALYST (if Database Vault is enabled)
Role AUDIT_VIEWER (12c only)
Role CAPTURE_ADMIN (12c only)

You can create a special user with these privileges or you can use a highly privileged user like I use .

First set the Oracle environments

Run the DBSAT collector with sys user like below; Note my DB name is DB3

At the end of the data collection; you need to enter a password to protect the collected data. Do not forget this password you will enter the same password to produce report.
[oracle@ol7 ~]$ cd /home/oracle/dbsat
[oracle@ol7 dbsat]$ ./dbsat collect “sys/manager as sysdba” DB3

DBSAT Collector completed successfully.

Calling /u01/app/oracle/product/ to encrypt DB3.json…

Enter password:
Verify password:
adding: DB3.json (deflated 86%)
zip completed successfully.

Running DBSAT Reporter

DBSAT reportor onyl needs Python 2.6 or later to run.

at the end of the report , the reporter will zip the files with a password

[oracle@ol7 ~]$ cd /home/oracle/dbsat

[oracle@ol7 ~]$  ./dbsat report DB3

Calling /usr/bin/zip to encrypt the generated reports…

Enter password:
Verify password:
adding: DB3.txt (deflated 79%)
adding: DB3.html (deflated 84%)
adding: DB3.xlsx (deflated 3%)
zip completed successfully.

At the end of the process you will get two files like below.

DB3.zip consists of collected data and DB3_report.zip contains reports.

[oracle@ol7 dbsat]$ ls -lrt  DB3*
-rw——-. 1 oracle oinstall 34030 Mar 5 16:12 DB3.zip
-rw——-. 1 oracle oinstall 61746 Mar 5 16:17 DB3_report.zip

Report Sample

Now copy the report file to your PC and open it


The report contains below parts


You can go to any parts from the summary part.

I added my report as an Excel file and pdf file




Some Documents about the DBSAT.

Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT) (Doc ID 2138254.1)

Database Security Assessment Tool User Guide




Creating Oracle Users

At this note; I will teach you how you can create a simple Oracle user. In fact there are many types of Oracle users , but at this note we only discuss about simple Oracle users.

To create an Oracle user first you need CREATE USER privilege. When you create a new database ; SYS user has DBA role and consequently has CREATE USER privilege.

Now check which users have  CREATE USER privilege with the below  query;

select grantee from dba_sys_privs where privilege=’CREATE USER’;

At the simplest way you can create an Oracle user with the below command. This command work on Oracle 11g and Oracle 12c databases.

QUOTA 500K ON users
User created.

This command was run by SYS user. You can find all details about CREATE USER command at Oracle documents.




After creating an Oracle user ;  you should give CREATE SESSION privilege  to the user. By this way your created user can connect to Oracle database. Otherwise It can not connect to the database.

SQL> Grant CREATE SESSION to test01;
Grant succeeded.

As you see; this user has very simple password.  Simple passwords are  not a good way to protect our users. The complex passwords is the first defense line to protect our databases. User password should be complex to predict by others. This is the first very important rule to protect our databases. At the same time you should not share the passwords with other persons. The passwords should only be known with the person to know.  And you should change the passwords periodically.

Put in a nut shell.

The simple rules to protect Database users is to manage user passwords correctly with below methods.

  • Use complex passwords
  • Do not share your passwords
  • The passwords should only be known with the person to know
  • Change your passwords periodically.


At the next notes I will write about how we can achive these goals.