Dbms_crypto advanced security option
With the release of Oracle database FIPS stands for Federal Information Processing Standard and dictates how data should be encrypted in rest and during transmission. The fact that Oracle now has the option to activate a parameter in the database which will control that your data will be secured in accordance to FIPS level 2 is a huge benefit when deploying databases in government environments demanding FIPS compliancy, however, it can also be used for non government systems as it will show a level of security implemented in your system. The overall standard has the following descriptions on the levels within FIPS FIPS Level 1 the lowest, imposes very limited requirements; loosely, all components must be "production-grade" and various egregious kinds of insecurity must be absent. FIPS Level 2 adds requirements for physical tamper-evidence and role-based authentication. FIPS Level 3 adds requirements for physical tamper-resistance making it difficult for attackers to gain access to sensitive information contained in the module and identity-based authentication, and for a physical or logical separation between the interfaces by which "critical security parameters" enter and leave the module, and its other interfaces.
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Home About Us Contact Us. Any ideas appreciated. Thanks a lot. If you ever have to change your database character set, you may also encounter problems with encrypted columns. If you do any of these things, though, you'll have to take steps to avoid character set conversion which may or may not be possible i.
How is this achieved? TDE encrypts data on the disk, but transparently decrypts it when anyone queries the table. TDE solves this problem by storing the key in a separate wallet that is not part of the database. How can I verify that the data has been encrypted.
What is the use if tha data can be seen even after encryption. That's the "transparent" part of TDE. When a user inserts data into an encrypted column, the database automatically encrypts the data. But the data is stored as it is in the table also. Only shoding the metadata that the column is encrypted might not be enough for the client.
From where exactly in the Database I can get that info or how do I prove to the client that the data is encrypted because he sees data as it is in the database. As stated in the links i posted before, TDE is meant to safeguard you against someone stealing your media data files.
Cheers, From where exactly in the Database I can get that info or how do I prove to the client that the data is encrypted because he sees data as it is in the database. Store encrypted values in table. I am using 9i R2. I want to store passwords in a table in encrypted form. Is there any feature in 9i R2 to store encrypted strings? Here is an example: Re: How do i Encrypt a column?
Thanks michaels, That's a very good example. While encrypting passwords, I noticed that the encrypted strings for few passwords is same. Each and every character and length of the encrypted password is same. Even if I change the original string the encrypted result is same in some cases. I also want to know that if Oracle fills its Random Pool to encrypt, can I increase the rate of the fill of random bytes to get unique encryption string. Encryption keys can be store elsewhere on another server , but if the encryption engine is built into the database, then I think it would simplify tasks.
Encryption best practices Hi. I need to store sensitive data such credit card numbers identification numbers and other data of the same kind, which method is the advised to store this information? If I'm going to encrypt some other data how process-intensive is to use AES encryption algorithms? What are the best practices concerning this issues? I tried to find similar threads, but if you think that there's any information that can be useful , the link would be appreciated.
Generally, the biggest headaches around encryption involve key management. It's relatively trivial to encrypt a particular column, it's relatively difficult to do the key management in such a way that you don't risk being unable to recover the data again in the future because you lost the key and such that you don't end up storing the key in the database in a way that defeats the point of encrypting the data TDE continues to present the data in plain text to any users that are authorized to view the data in Oracle.
If you store the key in the database, that makes it trivial for someone that gets your backup tapes to restore the database to their system and decrypt the data. It also makes it likely that you're going to have a decrypt procedure and your security will just involve making sure the right set of users can call the decrypt method. If you store the key outside the database and constantly pass it in, you'll have to deal with the possibility that keys will be lost or compromised outside the database as well.
Justin And in any recent version, you can use Advanced Security an extra cost option that, in Message was edited by: Justin Cave Hi Justin, thanks for the insight. I will start to do some research on Transparent Data Encryption, thanks for the info. When one of the versions of Oracle encrypt a piece of data the others versions can not decrypt it I use one common key.
I have flexibility with the two 10g versions, but the 8i version is in production and cannot be changed. Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.
Or are you hashing the data using the MD5 algorithm? I'm just calling the obfuscation encrypt and decrypt procedures. I'm not actually storing the encrypted data or key.
The data when encrypted is stored in a varchar2 variable. The key is also a varchar2 variable. The data is encrypted when it have to travel over the wire. The database s calls a procedure and one of the variable is a out type that holds the encrypted data. The client database then decrypts that data. The eight character key is hardcoded in all three databases. I'm at home so I can not get into the database right now.
Which set are you using? Are you using the same set in all three environments? When Oracle sends string data over the wire, it may have to be converted from the database character set to the client character set. If this character set conversion changes the encrypted data in any way, the destination won't be able to decrypt it.
If you use RAW variables everywhere, Oracle knows that the data is binary in nature and doesn't try to do any character set conversion, so it's perfectly safe to transmit over the wire without concern. Unfortunately I can not change the Oracle 8i database to use a raw data type I would have to give up my first born to even suggest a change. However, I think you may have identified my problem. I'm willing to bet that all three databases are using different character sets. Tomorrow morning, I'm going to try a test using raw data type instead of a varchar2.
I do have flexibility with the two 10g databases and can switch to raw data types. Thanks for the help and programming advice. I will update this thread with my findings. Derrick Be aware that if character set conversion is the problem, using VARCHAR2 variables is a problem waiting to happen if the data ever leaves the database. There are a lot of situations that force character set conversion to take place i.
Justin Justin thanks for all of the advice and guidance. For our 10g databases I'm definitely going to take your advice and use the raw data type. I'm now think about how to fix the 8i database that cannot be changed or make our 10g flexible enough to compensate for it.
Derrick Best of luck One thing to keep in mind is that character set conversion is not necessarily a reversible process, so in general it's impossible to write software that will always be able to reverse the effects of the character set conversion on data flowing into and out of the 8i database.
Justin Greetings Justin, Character set conversion was indeed my problem. The fix is actually easy. I'm going to ensure that the two 10g database are created with with the same character set.
Going forward I'm going to overload the procedure to pass raw data types. Thanks for all of the help and advice. Derrick Just be aware that Oracle is, more and more, forcing character set conversion to take place, so it's entirely possible that using the same database character set going forward may not be sufficient.
Definitely something to test when applying patchsets and the like. We are planning to do TDES encryption process for oracle 9i. Any input would be appreciated. Well I have not implemented it..
I too never implemented. Folks, is any body implemented the 3DES encryption on oracle 9i? Oracle provides an example of using both in the documentation. And you'll need to figure out how to change any code that is trying to query the newly encrypted data to ensure that it will handle these changes appropriately. The hard part about user managed encryption, though, is generally key management.
If you store the key in the database and have a decrypt function, then you basically defeat the purpose of encrypting the data in the first place. Anyone who gets access to your data files i. Anyone who can execute the function in production would similarly be able to decrypt the data.
If you store the key outside the database, your backups may be safe, but you then have to protect the key from a hacker while still making it accessible to the database, which is a hard problem to solve. It may also cause significant problems in a database recovery if the key s have to be recovered to the same point in time or if you lose the server with the keys. If you don't store the key anywhere and force users to enter the key via your application, you run the risk of the data being unrecoverable if the user forgets the key.
Key management is generally orders of magnitude more difficult to solve than just writing the code to call DES3Encrypt. From a business standpoint, you also want to ensure that you are using encryption for the right reasons. Encryption is not appropriate for access control i. If you are going to end up with a decrypt function anyway, and are going to protect that with appropriate grants, you're generally better off using access control for the underlying data in the first place.
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Report message to a moderator. Encryption [ message ]. Thu, 20 February Re: Encryption [ message is a reply to message ]. You are trying to use Transparent Data Encryption, which needs to be separately licensed option on top of Enterprise Edition. It also requires some configuration: you need to create a wallet to store the keys. Have you done all that? In addition, once the wallet is opened the data are visible to everyone who has access to the table. TDE only protects against disk or backup thief not against database intruders.
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It provides support for several industry-standard encryption and hashing algorithms, including the Advanced Encryption Standard AES encryption algorithm. To use this package correctly and securely, a general level of security expertise is assumed. In addition, it provides Globalization Support for encrypting data across different database character sets. Oracle Database installs this package in the SYS schema. You can then grant package access to existing users and roles as needed.
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You can configure software or hardware keystores, for use on both individual table columns or entire tablespaces. Parent topic: Using Transparent Data Encryption. To configure Transparent Data Encryption, you must perform a one-time setup before you create keystores and encrypt data. Typically, this directory is called wallet. Parent topic: Configuring Transparent Data Encryption. The search order for the TDE keystore depends on how you have set either the instance initialization parameters, the sqlnet. Oracle recommends that you use this parameter to configure the keystore location.
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Home About Us Contact Us. Any ideas appreciated. Thanks a lot. If you ever have to change your database character set, you may also encounter problems with encrypted columns. If you do any of these things, though, you'll have to take steps to avoid character set conversion which may or may not be possible i. How is this achieved?
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