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Oracle Previews Centralized Security and User Authentication Services for Linux

SAN FRANCISCO, LINUXWORLD, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delivering on its commitment to making Linux deployment easier and faster for users, Oracle today announced the preview release of Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems, a new offering within Oracle(R) Identity Management, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems is designed to make user management in operating systems more efficient, secure and centralized. Together with Oracle Internet Directory, a highly scalable LDAP directory that leverages the high availability and security features of the Oracle Database, Oracle provides customers a pre-integrated, easy-to-install and configure, centralized user authentication and storage solution for Linux and Unix.

SAN FRANCISCO, LINUXWORLD, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Delivering on its commitment to making Linux deployment easier and faster for users, Oracle today announced the preview release of Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems, a new offering within Oracle(R) Identity Management, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems is designed to make user management in operating systems more efficient, secure and centralized. Together with Oracle Internet Directory, a highly scalable LDAP directory that leverages the high availability and security features of the Oracle Database, Oracle provides customers a pre-integrated, easy-to-install and configure, centralized user authentication and storage solution for Linux and Unix.

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The increase in mission critical applications being run on Linux has made it imperative for organizations of all sizes to securely manage access to these systems. Existing directories for Linux often require administrators to become directory and security experts, while supporting only simple, embedded databases for storage. The preview release of Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems features a secure and efficient means for user authentication with zero-touch administration of the directory. Additionally, it enables administrators running Linux to use existing graphical and command- line user management tools to manage users – relieving them of the need to craft new processes for everything from adding a user to changing a password.

Comprehensive, Integrated Authentication

Available via the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network, the Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems preview is designed to enable Oracle Unbreakable Linux Support users to rapidly experience the benefits of streamlined secure user authentication. The Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems preview is comprised of three key components including:

— Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) — standard operating modules available on most Linux and Unix-based systems that support externalized authentication; — Oracle Internet Directory — standards-based directory server that leverages Oracle Database to store users, groups, roles and entitlements; and — Tools and Automation — tools and scripts that configure both PAM and Oracle Internet Directory components, provide simplified user migration and help ensure strong native security between network endpoints.

"With its hot-pluggable architecture, Oracle Identity Management makes it easier for organizations to incorporate identity and access management capabilities into their Oracle and non-Oracle environments," said Hasan Rizvi, vice president, Security and Identity Management Products, Oracle. "The preview release of Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems marks another example of Oracle's commitment to supporting heterogeneous security capabilities that are reflective of our customers' data centers — and the growth of Linux — while helping them more rapidly centralize the authentication and management of their operating system accounts."

Support and Availability

The Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems preview is available for free download at http://www.oracle.com/go/?&Src=1952635&Act=76. Terms, conditions, and restrictions apply. The preview supports and integrates seamlessly with both Oracle Enterprise Linux and the fully compatible Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Oracle plans to deliver support for additional operating systems in the future.

For more information about Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems please visit http://www.oracle.com/identity.

About Oracle Identity Management

Serving as the security backbone for Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Identity Management helps customers and partners decrease security threats across diverse IT environments while helping address governance, risk and compliance needs. Oracle Identity Management was the market's fastest growing suite of Identity Management products in 2006, based on total software revenues worldwide. Oracle Identity Management's support of industry standards such as WS*, XACML, SAML and SPML helps enable customers and partners to more easily integrate applications with the framework. The family of best-in-class software, which can be used in its entirety or as individual components, includes Oracle Identity Manager, Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite, Oracle Identity Federation, Oracle Virtual Directory, Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle Management Pack for Identity Management and Oracle Web Services Manager. To learn more, visit http://www.oracle.com/identity.

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Oracle Unbreakable Linux is Oracle's brand around its global support offerings for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program provides enterprises with industry-leading global support for Linux and was developed in response to customer demand for true enterprise-quality Linux support and the need to significantly reduce IT infrastructure costs. Oracle is committed to delivering high quality; comprehensive and integrated support solutions to help drive the adoption of Linux in the enterprise. In addition to this support offering, Oracle continues to enhance Linux capabilities in the enterprise, most recently with the addition of the Oracle Management Pack for Linux and provides on-going contributions to the community.

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