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Oracle Security, Part 2: Your read only accounts aren’t that read only

Couple of years ago an interesting fact floated up in Oracle-L – a regular user with only SELECT privilege on a table can successfully execute a SELECT FOR UPDATE against it, locking all rows and even lock the whole table using LOCK TABLE command. Locking a table in exclusive mode would stall all changes and selects against that table – effectively hanging all applications using that table. Pete Finnigan wrote a review of the issue in this blog entry.