Everything Stopped on ORA-02002!

Hi all,
So, I got contacted by a client in emergency because no more sessions were being opened on database with error ORA-02002. Even worse, everything stopped working and started raising this error.

Unusual, right?

So , checking on this trace generated for error here is what I found:

ORA-02002: error while writing to audit trail
ORA-00604: error occurred at recursive SQL level 1
ORA-01653: unable to extend table SYS.AUD$ by 8 in tablespace AUDIT_TBS

Seems client has moved the AUD$ to another tablespace to avoid filling SYSTEM, just like described in this post. The tablespace got full, however, due bad monitoring, it got full.

As the auditing facility was unable to write to the AUDIT_TRAIL table, SQL statements that were currently being audited also failed.

What to do?

  1. Turn off auditing for the database
  2. Restart database
  3. Add space to tablespace
  4. Re-enable auditing, if required.

To avoid application back and forth, I did it in restrict mode, until get all fixed.

To avoid this sort of issue:

  • Be sure you are monitoring properly the new tablespace.
  • Place the audit tablespace on a reliable disk location and perhaps mirrored for protection.

Hope it helps,

Auditing Logons with Triggers

Hello all!
So, I was attending a client who wanted to audit logon on database without Advanced Security pack. Complicated? Not at all.

Performatic? eehh, not really the best option, but Oracle is not really good for opening sessions anyway (this is why we have connection pools), so I consider this not bad…

Ok, how to do it?

A sequence for ID control:

create sequence sys.logon_capture_seq;
A Table for logon logging:
create table sys.logon_capture (
 id                     number,
 capture_time           date,
 authenticated_identity varchar2(30),
 authentication_method  varchar2(30),
 identification_type    varchar2(30),
 network_protocol       varchar2(30),
 session_user           varchar2(30),
 os_user                varchar2(30),
 host                   varchar2(30),
 ip_address             varchar2(30),
 program                varchar2(30),
 module                 varchar2(30),
 action                 varchar2(30),
 service_name           varchar2(30))
tablespace logon_capture;

* Here is an important point: Be always sure to have enough space on this tablespace, otherwise all new connections can be frozen.

Create the logon trigger:

create or replace trigger SYS.trg_capture_logons
after logon on database
  insert into sys.logon_capture (id,capture_time,authenticated_identity,authentication_method,identification_type,network_protocol,session_user,os_user,host,ip_address,program,module,action,service_name)
  from v$session
  where sid = sys_context('userenv','sid');
  when others then null;

Know what is a good idea? a cleanup job, keeping only the last 6 month of “audit” data:

   job_name             => 'SYS.PURGE_LOGON_CAPTURE',
   job_type             => 'PLSQL_BLOCK',
   job_action           => 'begin delete from sys.logon_capture where capture_time < add_months(sysdate, -6); commit; end;',    number_of_arguments  => 0,
   start_date           => trunc(sysdate+1) + 23/24,
   repeat_interval      => 'FREQ=DAILY;BYHOUR=23;BYMINUTE=40;BYSECOND=0',
   enabled              => false,
   auto_drop            => false,
   comments             => '');
select owner, enabled from dba_scheduler_jobs where job_name = 'PURGE_LOGON_CAPTURE'

Hope it helps you!

/bin/rm: cannot execute [Argument list too long]

Hey all!

Just a quickie and useful thing today. How many times you found this?

/bin/rm: cannot execute [Argument list too long]

Ok, so, first thing: Is it related to Oracle logs? If so, you may want to ADCRI. Check this post for more info: ADRCI Retention Policy and Ad-Hoc Purge Script for all Bases.

If not, you may solve this using find with rm. Ok, but want to keep the most recent files?

Some examples for you, removing audit files:

# Remove older then 1 day:

find /oracle/greporadb/admin/greporadb/adump -name "*.aud" -mtime +1 -exec rm {} \;

# Remove older then 1 hour:

find /oracle/greporadb/admin/greporadb/adump -name "*.aud" -cmin +60 -exec rm {} \;

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Moving Audit Trails (AUD$ and FGA_LOG$) to a Different Tablespace

Hi all!
There is one thing that is always true for any version  of the Oracle Database: the audit trail simply keeps growing and growing.

Some important facts in this regard:
– It’s based on activity, not the amount of data changed.
– The default location of the database audit trail is the AUD$ table, in the SYSTEM tablespace.
– As you know, If this tablespace gets filled up there could be serious consequences.
– The same concern is true for FGA_LOG$, which is located in the SYSAUX tablespace.

Ok, so if you could move these two tables  to specific tablespaces, the root problem would be solved, right?

From 11g R2 on you can move the some or all audit trails to other tablespaces you choose. How?

To move the AUD$:

audit_trail_type => dbms_audit_mgmt.audit_trail_aud_std,
audit_trail_location_value => 'AUDIT_TBS');

To move the FGA_LOG$:

audit_trail_type => dbms_audit_mgmt.audit_trail_fga_std,
audit_trail_location_value => 'AUDIT_TBS');


There is only one important thing to keep in mind:  This tablespace needs to be online when the database is open. Otherwise, if any auditable operation try to be executed, you’ll get an ORA-02002.

This is something recommendable if you are setting the Auditing for your database. This is also something included Oracle in scripts like the Exacheck.

Hope it helps!

OEM Alarm – %MB of Audit Trail files (sizeOfOSAuditFiles:FILE_SIZE)

Hello All,
After upgrading a OEM to 13c, I started to receive notifications for event “sizeOfOSAuditFiles:FILE_SIZE“.

This is a new event implemented on OEM DB Plugin under “Operating System Audit Records” metric group. Upgrading DB Plugin was part of OEM Upgrade change once we had some old versioned.

This event is only a notification related to file size for space management ends. The default thresholds are 10MB (warning) and 20MB (critical), which in most of times it’s a pretty low value.
This is specifically related to location under parameter audit_file_dest if you want to check.

Between options to reduce the noise are disable this metric or increase thresholds accordingly, which was what I did.
At this moment, I just increased thresholds to 500MB/2048MB, which I consider good values for the environment.

Some reference about can be found at:
– Enterprise Manager Oracle Database Plug-in Metric Reference Manual (Plug-in Release – Database Instance – Operating System Audit Records
– EM 12c, EM 13c: Troubleshooting Database Metrics in Enterprise Manager 12c and 13c Cloud Control (Doc ID 2032156.1)

Hope it helps,