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Encrypt Red Hat OS that runs Oracle 11G

Posted on 2014-08-26
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Last Modified: 2014-09-10
We currently have an Oracle 11G server that runs on the Red Hat 6 OS.  HIPPA requirements are forcing us to encrypt data at rest so we thought it would be easiest to use the OS encryption in Red Hat.  If the OS is encrypted, how does this affect Oracle?  can the encryption be turned on now or does it need to be enabled before Oracle is installed?
Question by:NytroZ
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by:Seth Simmons
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i've used trucrypt in the past and worked well though i wouldn't suggest it now since work on it ended a few months ago and could be insecure

dm-crypt/LUKS is also a method of encryption but can't be done with data already on the partition

not sure if it's an option for you, but you could build a new system, encrypt it with the native RHEL tools (dm-crypt/LUKS), then migrate the oracle database(s) over

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I think I will eventually need to encrypt certain tables in the database at some point as well so with that in mind does dm-crypt figure into that at all?
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Seth Simmons earned 2000 total points
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no, oracle database encryption is completely separate; dm-crypt is for the file system

Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Frequently Asked Questions

i saw this question because it was tagged with linux; i'm not an oracle expert so i'll let someone else speak more about that part
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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TDE is a way to protect column data.

Of course, it has a cost as it is a separate license.

Advanced Security also has other features that are guaranteed to meet your HIPPA requirements.

Their main page even mentions HIPPA:
Helps address regulatory requirements, including PCI DSS and HIPAA HITECH

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Indded dm-crypt is for raw disks (think ASM), that includes filesystems on them
LVM also has same sort of transparent encryption and a bit more flexibility

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