Apple has released 230 page guide for securing and safeguarding Mac OS X system from the hackers and crackers. The Security Configuration Guides provide an overview of features in Mac OS X that can be used to enhance security, known as hardening your computer. Using this guide you can:
=> Lock down the system.
=> Protect Mac OS x from external attackers.
=> Avoid unauthorized access
=> Secure Mac by hardening your computer.
=> Mac OS X security and much more.
However, guide is heavily depend upon shell prompt (read as terminal) to perform recommended tasks. So you need to have some basic knowledge of terminal. From the Apple site:
Certain instructions in the guides are complex, and deviation could result in serious adverse effects on the computer and its security. The guides should only be used by experienced Mac OS X users, and any changes made to your settings should be thoroughly tested.
Download Mac OS X Security Configuration Guides
Download guide for Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard) / Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) / Mac OS X v10.3 (Panther):
One of my friend installed Oracle first time. After installation, he just wants to make sure everything is working fine so he called me. If you are installing oracle for Unix/Linux oses first time then it will confuse you. He wanted to know how to start oracle service and test it. He emailed me the following error:
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist
ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
You need to add following line to oracle user’s .bash_profile file for testing purpose (once it is tested, you can give control to Oracle DBA) (login as a oracle user):
$ cd;vi .bash_profile
Append following lines:
Save file. Just load the above settings:
$ . .bash_profile
Start oracle Net listing service:
$ lsnrctl start
ALTERNATIVELY use full path:
$ /home/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/bin/lsnrctl start
Start oracle database:
ALTERNATIVELY, use full path:
Connect to Oracle database with sqlplus client (test it with scott username):
$ sqlplus "scott/tiger"
sql> select * from tab;
To shutdown Oracle database:
$ lsnrctl stop
If you are new to Oracle try out Oracle Database 10g Documentation library, especially 2 Day DBA is fantastic document. Do not forget check out John Smiley's "Installing Oracle Database 10g Release 2 on Linux x86" article. It will teach you the basics of installing Oracle Database 10g Release 2 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Novell SUSE Enterprise Linux, from the bare metal up.