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OUD 11g/12c - How Is The Key For Attribute Encryption Stored and Secured? (Doc ID 2481673.1)

Last updated on MARCH 03, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Unified Directory - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


From the Oracle Documentation -

What is Attribute Encryption?

Encryption is a mechanism that converts plaintext data into something unreadable, called ciphertext, to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data. Decryption is the process in which the ciphertext is converted back to plaintext.

Oracle Unified Directory is a next-generation unified directory solution that integrates storage, synchronization, and proxy functionality to help you manage the critical identity information that drives your business applications. This data might contain sensitive information that should be available only to the intended recipient. Oracle Unified Directory offers mechanisms; such as access control rules, password authentication, and SSL to secure access to your data. Your data might also contain some extremely sensitive information, such as credit card numbers and SSN numbers. For this type of data, standard measures alone are not sufficient to prevent unauthorized access because the information is stored as human readable plaintext within the database. If an invader gains access to your server storage files and uses this information to their advantage, then the loss could present a high security risk.

Oracle Unified Directory provides an attribute encryption feature that enables you to store certain sensitive attributes as ciphertext, which prevents data from being readable while it is stored in underlying database files, backup files, and exported LDIF files. Attribute encryption enables you to encrypt important data before it is written to the disk and to decrypt data when it is read from the disk.

The purpose of this document is to detail how the keys used for attribute encryption/decryption are saved and secured within OUD.


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