Cannot Alter User XS$NULL

(Doc ID 1325766.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 11.2 to 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


When you try to alter user XS$NULL (for example to switch to another profile or to unlock it) you get the following error:

on release 11gR2

SQL> alter user xs$null profile default;
alter user xs$null profile default
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

on release 12c:


You upgraded to 11gR2 or subsequently, when upgrading to 12c ou get another error.


Sign In with your My Oracle Support account

Don't have a My Oracle Support account? Click to get started

My Oracle Support provides customers with access to over a
Million Knowledge Articles and hundreds of Community platforms