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would there be any tell tale signs in a an oracle database about "stale accounts", i.e. those that could be locked and epxired? I am not sure i there is a last login type flag, or whether that is the most appropriate marker, as perhaps some accounts dont "login" like a normal user would?
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i think only after you enable audit - audit sessions etc then you will have a history of who is connecting, when etc, whether the remaining can be locked and the other information.

Is the auditing enabled ?
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audit .. or a login trigger which stores the last login attempt in a separate table
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but by default there is no last login stamp? is that correct
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can you have accounts that are neccesary but may not "login" as such, can you provide examples of these kinds of account?
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by:Geert Gruwez
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well... sys is very necessary
but usually only dba's login with that when they setup the database

system also

that's the main 2, the rest is optional
but that again depends on what you are using

here is a list of the oracle default users
http://www.orafaq.com/wiki/List_of_default_database_users
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You can query DBA_USERS to find out any accounts that are actually set to expired and/or locked (a column called ACCOUNT_STATUS).

No way short of a login trigger that immediately comes to mind to track last login.

In 12c, they've added last_login to dba_users, but prior to that, you have to track it yourself.
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also unless you do a deep dig into all the user account details in your database, it would not be easy to say which all accounts are required and which are not required.

To start with, probably you can extract the information from dba_users and then start the investigation from there.

As mentioned already, do not delete/drop any internal/system accounts which are required for the database.

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