Thursday, August 9, 2007

Oracle Centralizes Oracle Security

On Aug 8th, Oracle released a preview of Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems, a piece of software within Oracle Fusion that centralizes Identify Management. It integrates with Oracle Internet Directory.

Even though it is called "Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems", it looks like it is only available for Linux at this time. You can get it from the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network.

"With its hot-pluggable architecture, Oracle Identity Management makes it easier for organizations to incorporate identity and access management capabilities into their Oracle and non-Oracle environments," said Hasan Rizvi, vice president, Security and Identity Management Products, Oracle. "The preview release of Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems marks another example of Oracle's commitment to supporting heterogeneous security capabilities that are reflective of our customers' data centers - and the growth of Linux - while helping them more rapidly centralize the authentication and management of their operating system accounts."

According to Oracle, the Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems preview is comprised of three key components including:

  • Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) - standard operating modules available on most Linux and Unix-based systems that support externalized authentication;
  • Oracle Internet Directory - standards-based directory server that leverages Oracle Database to store users, groups, roles and entitlements; and
  • Tools and Automation - tools and scripts that configure both PAM and Oracle Internet Directory components, provide simplified user migration and help ensure strong native security between network endpoints.