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Status Future consideration
Workspace OpenPages Ideas
Components Other
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 29, 2019

DB Roles Assigned to openpages and opworkflow Violate Hardening Requirements

Per previous communications with IBM the openpages and opworkflow (sevice accounts IDs) require the following roles: PENDING_TRANS$
DBA_2PC_PENDING
DBA_PENDING_TRANSACTIONS
DBMS_SYSTEM V$XATRANS$
OP_DATAPUMP_DIRECTORY
SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE RESOURCE

Issues: all these roles have some privileges that normally against hardening guideline to secure the Oracle DB server.

For example:
The RESOURCE role grants a user the privileges necessary to create procedures, triggers and types within the user's own schema area. The privileges includes- create cluster, create procedure, create sequence, create table, create trigger, type.

SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE role allows user to see the data dictionary view where it contains all schema in the db, space allocation, values for column, privileges and roles of the users. If a malicious user has this role, he or she can collect as much information as he or she needs about the db server through data dictionary.

The risk - Granting privileges to the roles will grant users in the role system privileges or object privileges, it increase the attacking surface, and the risk of getting system compromised. Two IDs are service accounts. They may not be monitored as much as regular users or subject to stricter controls (password expiry for example), if they are compromised, the accounts can gain usual information about the DB and proceed to do further damage.