If you have an oracle 10g database, residing behind a business application (i.e. for arguments sake let’s say your corporate finance system), is it common for the dba_users to be populated with an account per application user? I thought it would be common for the accounts in dba_users to only be those used for database administration, and perhaps some data analysts, so I was a bit shocked when I noticed anyone who has a login account for the application front end to have an entry in dba_users. Is this kind of authentication common? Does it have a specific name? I assume this is down to how the applicaiton was programmed, as for other apps that have a backend oracle database, there definately isnt an entry is dba_users per application (front end) accounts.