12c: New "small" features: DBCA

There are a lot of new powerful features in the 12c database but don’t forget about the little features that can make a DBA happier on the day to day basis 🙂 One of my favourites is a new approach to use a DBCA command line interface to create a database in silent mode: Nice, […]

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Oralce uses gethostbyname in "*skgxp*" libraries [CVE-2015-0235]

Recently there was a new vulnerability introduced in glibc library: http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2015/01/27/9 Oracle is using the gethostbyname function in "*skgxp*" libraries: So this can be an issue – a specially in RAC environments. RedHat recommends to upgrade the glibc libraries: https://access.redhat.com/articles/1332213 And I do agree 😉

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Slow TRUNCATE TABLE due to operations on MON_MODS$

One of my customers had a problem with a very slow TRUNCATE TABLE operation on a partitioned table having 22 000 partitions. The problem has raised after a test migration to database 12c. I’ve prepared a little demo to address this issue and show the walkaround for it. Oracle Database 12c ( Oracle Database 11g […]

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Simple technics of privilege escalation — part2: DBA=SYSDBA

A lot companies consolidates databases into one appliance – like for example Oracle Exadata. So you can have a lot of different databases in one physical cluster. And what if I tell you that you can execute any OS command as an oracle user, having just access to a database user with appropriate privileges? What […]

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dBConf 2014

Ludzie z PLUG (http://www.linux.org.pl/) zorganizowali w tym roku pewną wyjątkową konferencję – dBConf (https://www.dbconf.pl/2014/pl/) pod hasłem "Bazodanowcy wszystkich środowisk łączcie się!". Idea zacna i mam nadzieję, że zyska popularność na polskiej scenie konferencyjnej, bo jak często się zdarza, żeby Oracle’owiec pogawędził przy piwku ze specem od DB2 lub SQL Server’a? Wymienił się uwagami z fanem […]

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Oracle 11g & 12c: tunning the sort and hash operations

Hash and sort operations are perfomed in PGA. Quoting after the documentation: A sort operator uses a work area (the sort area) to perform the in-memory sorting of a set of rows. Similarly, a hash-join operator uses a work area (the hash area) to build a hash table from its left input. If the work […]

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Oracle 12c: Oracle ASM Filter Driver (AFD)

In Oracle 12c ( to be exact) we can find a cool new feature: Oracle ASM Filter Driver. Quoting after the documentiation: Oracle ASM Filter Driver (Oracle ASMFD) is a kernel module that resides in the I/O path of the Oracle ASM disks. Oracle ASM uses the filter driver to validate write I/O requests to […]

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Restore all versions of the spfiles

A few months ago I showed how to restore a controlfile, when you have no idea in which backupset is the newest file https://blog.ora-600.pl/2014/04/26/oracle-myth-you-need-dbid-to-restore-the-controlfile/ On last training one of my students asked me, how to locate an appropriate spfile backup after using this trick (the restored database has a different DBID). Well, you can just […]

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Script for metadata export in SQL*Plus

Sometimes you have to export all metadata for a schema but you have no access to data pump or other tools. SQL Developer can cause a lot of problems with referential constraints. But there is always a good old SQL*Plus 🙂 http://ora-600.pl/oinstall/metadata.sql

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