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Cloud Security Perspectives and Insights

Update to Audit Vault and Database Firewall Improves Security and Protects Audit Data

Russ Lowenthal
Senior Director

We're happy to announce the availability of Audit Vault and Database Firewall (AVDF) Release 12.2 Bundle Patch Nine (BP9). AVDF 12.2 BP9 enhances security and gives our customers greater control in protecting internal communications, allowing customer selection of the TLS level used between different components and establishing a baseline of TLS 1.2 for all new installations. 

AVDF 12.2 BP9 is available via MyOracleSupport as patch 28188074.  For new installations of AVDF 12.2, an updated installation media pack that already includes BP9 is available at https://edelivery.oracle.com.

AVDF provides a first line of defense for databases and consolidates audit data from databases, operating systems, and directories to support monitoring and compliance reporting.  A highly accurate SQL grammar-based engine monitors unauthorized SQL traffic before it reaches the database.  Audit records from on-premises and cloud databases are collected for centralized management and provide monitoring, reporting, and alerting of anomalous activity across databases.  AVDF helps reduce the costs of regulatory compliance while giving administrators enhanced visibility into their IT operations.

AVDF 12.2 BP9 is a mandatory prerequisite for upgrading to next year’s AVDF 19.1 release. Existing AVDF installations must upgrade to at least 12.2 BP9 prior to performing the AVDF 19.1 upgrade. AVDF 12.2 BP9 establishes a new minimum security baseline for Audit Vault and Database Firewall.  We’ve not only changed the default inter-component communications protocol to TLS 1.2, we’ve also desupported older java versions, requiring that Audit Vault agents now use Java 8 in preparation for the upgrade to Java 11 support next year.

A complete list of the features and capabilities of this release, along with detailed installation instructions, are available in the patch release notes. To learn more about Audit Vault and Database Firewall, check out our AVDF Product Page on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

Get the latest details on installing BP9, including how to install the pre-upgrade agent patch, with MOS note 2457374.1 - Details for Applying The Mandatory BP9 Pre-upgrade Patch. You should also review MOS note 15363801.1 - Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall Platform Support - this note includes instructions on upgrading the AVDF agent's Java version to Java 8.

Learn more about Oracle Database Security Solutions

Download Audit Vault and Database Firewall Release 12.2 Bundle Patch Nine now!  Visit My Oracle Support and search for patch 28188074.

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