DAM tools, IBM Guardium, Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and SAP

A question we have answered a few times in the last few months is whether or not, and if so, how easy do Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) tools such as IBM Guardium support ERP platforms such as the Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and SAP. The answer is yes; DAM tools can support ERP systems. For example, IBM Guardium has out-of-the-box policies for both the E-Business Suite and SAP – see figures one and two below.

UPDATED: Oracle EBS SYS.DUAL PUBLIC Privileges Security Issue Analysis (CVE-2015-0393)

Oracle E-Business Suite environments may be vulnerable due to excessive privileges granted on the SYS.DUAL table to PUBLIC.  This security issue has been resolved in the January 2015 Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU).

On January 24, Oracle published additional information regarding this security issue in My Oracle Support Note 1964164.1.  Revoking of these privileges may cause “subtle timestamp corruptions” in the database unless database patch 19393542 is applied.

Oracle EBS SYS.DUAL PUBLIC Privileges Security Issue Analysis (CVE-2015-0393)

Oracle E-Business Suite environments may be vulnerable due to excessive privileges granted on the SYS.DUAL table to PUBLIC.  This security issue has been resolved in the January 2015 Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) and has been assigned the CVE tracking identifier CVE-2015-0393.  The problem may impact all Oracle E-Business Suite versions including 11.5, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.  Recent press reports have labeled this vulnerability as a “major misconfiguration flaw.”  The security issue is actually broader than just the INDEX privilege that is being reported in the pres

Oracle Audit Vault and Compliance Reporting

The Oracle Audit Vault has seeded reports for the following compliance and legislative requirements – no additional license is required.

  • Payment Card Industry (PCI)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • United Kingdom Data Protection Act (DPA)

For each compliance statue, following table lists the included reports available –

Oracle Audit Vault - Custom Reports and BI Publisher

Custom reports can be created in Oracle Audit Vault using Oracle BI Publisher.  BI Publisher is an add-on to Microsoft Word and can be used to modify or create new reports.

For example, to modify a new report, to meet specific corporate or internal audit needs, download a standard Oracle Audit Vault report that is similar (Auditor -> Reports -> Custom Reports -> Uploaded Reports).  Click on the icon to download both the template and the report definition and load both files into BI Publisher.

Oracle Audit Vault Reports

The Oracle Audit Vault by default installs over one-hundred (100) reports.  This includes core audit reports as well as compliance reports. Reporting is a key feature of the Oracle Audit Vault and one which well-built as evidenced by the use of BI Publisher to allow for easy modification and creation of new reports.

Audit Reports

The audit reporting bundle installed by the default has the following categories –

What Do Oracle Audit Vault Collection Agents Do?

The Oracle Audit Vault is installed on a server, and collector agents are installed on the hosts running the source databases.  These collector agents communicate with the audit vault server. 

If the collection agents are not active, no audit data is lost, as long as the source database continues to collect the audit data.  When the collection agent is restarted, it will capture the audit data that the source database had collected during the time the collection agent was inactive.

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