27 April 2006 | 12,637 views

Oracle Releases a Default Password Scanner

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Oracle is getting serious with security? Again..?

Oracle Corp. has published a collection of software patches that address security vulnerabilities in a range of the company’s products, including its database and application server software. As part of this update, it also released a tool designed to ferret out commonly used default passwords that theoretically could be misused by hackers.

Earlier versions of Oracle’s database software included well-known default passwords and user names, for example “scott / tiger”. These accounts are also known to have been created by other software, such as application servers, that interact with the database, said Oracle Security Alerts Manager Darius Wiles

The ‘scanner’ is actually an SQL script.

The password scanner is a SQL (Structured Query Language) script that scans the database and then prints out the names of these well-known accounts if they are unlocked, Wiles said. “This tool is designed to catch those instances and then explain to customers the right thing to do to secure their systems.”

Source: Computerworld

Oracle default passwords have been quite a problem in the past, there is a whole page dedicated to them here.

This page is the home for the Oracle default password list that we have collated. The list can also be thought of as a list of Oracle default password hashes.

The full details of the release can be found from Oracle Here (Oracle Critical Patch Update – April 2006).

Subscribers to MetaLink can find more information on the Default Password Scanner in MetaLink Note 361482.1.

You can also check out Cain & Abel which has Oracle hash specific functions.

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