Cannot Alter User XS$NULL (Doc ID 1325766.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.1 to 12.1.0.2 [Release 11.2 to 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

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:

Changes

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

Cause

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