Chapter 15. Using the Oracle Security Server

The Oracle Security Server (OSS) product was introduced with the basic Oracle8 software delivery. Although OSS is new with Oracle8, you can use it with Oracle7 as well. You do not need to purchase anything else from Oracle Corporation to be able to install, configure, and use this product. Why would you want to install and use the OSS? To see more clearly why you would want OSS and what you’d do with it, let’s look first at some things you might do to prove your identity.

When you travel from one country to another, you may be required to carry a passport or some other form of identification to prove who you are and where you came from. To obtain the passport, you generally need to go to a government agency carrying a picture of yourself and a birth certificate to prove your identity. You fill out a form and provide your picture and identification, and the agency will issue a passport to you. You then carry the passport with you as you travel and show your passport to any agents who request it. In this way, you will be able to successfully prove who you are and will be permitted to travel anywhere within the area without having to display your passport again.

Basically, the concepts of single sign-on and certificates of authority, which we’ll explore in this chapter, are very similar to using a passport to travel from one country to another. Once a user has logged on to a “trusted” system and been authenticated using the OSS, that user ...

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