Oracle recommends that you use the Database Resource Manager rather than this SQL statement to establish resource limits. The Database Resource Manager offers a more flexible means of managing and tracking resource use. For more information on the Database Resource Manager, refer to Oracle Database Administrator's Guide.
To specify resource limits for a user, you must:
Enable resource limits dynamically with the
SYSTEMstatement or with the initialization parameter
RESOURCE_LIMIT. This parameter does not apply to password resources. Password resources are always enabled.
Create a profile that defines the limits using the
Assign the profile to the user using the
In a multitenant environment, different profiles can be assigned to a common user in the root and in a PDB. When the common user logs in to the PDB, a profile whose setting applies to the session depends on whether the settings are password-related or resource-related.
Password-related profile settings are fetched from the profile that is assigned to the common user in the root. For example, suppose you assign a common profile
FAILED_LOGIN_ATTEMPTSis set to 1) to common user
c##adminin the root. In a PDB that user is assigned a local profile
FAILED_LOGIN_ATTEMPTSis set to 6.) Common user
c##adminis allowed only one failed login attempt when he or she tries to log in to the PDB where
loc_profis assigned to him.
Resource-related profile settings specified in the profile assigned to a user in a PDB get used without consulting resource-related settings in a profile assigned to the common user in the root. For example, if the profile
local_profthat is assigned to user
c##adminin a PDB has
SESSIONS_PER_USERset to 2, then
c##adminis only allowed only 2 concurrent sessions when he or she logs in to the PDB
loc_profis assigned to him, regardless of value of this setting in a profile assigned to him in the root.
Oracle Database Security Guide for a detailed description and explanation of how to use password management and protection
To create a profile, you must have the
PROFILE system privilege.
To specify the
CONTAINER clause, you must be connected to a multitenant container database (CDB). To specify
ALL, the current container must be the root. To specify
CURRENT, the current container must be a pluggable database (PDB).
Specify the name of the profile to be created. The name must satisfy the requirements listed in "Database Object Naming Rules". Use profiles to limit the database resources available to a user for a single call or a single session.
In a non-CDB, a profile name cannot begin with
A multitenant container database is the only supported architecture in Oracle Database 20c. While the documentation is being revised, legacy terminology may persist. In most cases, "database" and "non-CDB" refer to a CDB or PDB, depending on context. In some contexts, such as upgrades, "non-CDB" refers to a non-CDB from a previous release.
In a CDB, the requirements for a profile name are as follows:
The name of a common profile must begin with characters that are a case-insensitive match to the prefix specified by the
COMMON_USER_PREFIXinitialization parameter. By default, the prefix is
The name of a local profile must not begin with characters that are a case-insensitive match to the prefix specified by the
COMMON_USER_PREFIXinitialization parameter. Regardless of the value of
COMMON_USER_PREFIX, the name of a local profile can never begin with
If the value of
COMMON_USER_PREFIX is an empty string, then there are no requirements for common or local profile names with one exception: the name of a local profile can never begin with
c##. Oracle recommends against using an empty string value because it might result in conflicts between the names of local and common profiles when a PDB is plugged into a different CDB, or when opening a PDB that was closed when a common user was created.
Oracle Database enforces resource limits in the following ways:
If a user exceeds the
IDLE_TIMEsession resource limit, then the database rolls back the current transaction and ends the session. When the user process next issues a call, the database returns an error.
If a user attempts to perform an operation that exceeds the limit for other session resources, then the database aborts the operation, rolls back the current statement, and immediately returns an error. The user can then commit or roll back the current transaction, and must then end the session.
If a user attempts to perform an operation that exceeds the limit for a single call, then the database aborts the operation, rolls back the current statement, and returns an error, leaving the current transaction intact.
Specify the keyword
MANDATORY to create a generic mandatory profile in
CDB$ROOT. You can use the mandatory profile to enforce password complexity requirements for database user accounts across the entire CDB or individual PDBs using the profile parameter
The mandatory profile adds the password complexity requirement in addition to existing profile limits for common and local users. A PDB administrator cannot remove the password complexity requirement and allow users to set insecure shorter passwords, because mandatory profiles, just like common profiles, can only be altered in
You can only use
password_grace_time profile parameters to define the limits for the mandatory profile.
Use the profile parameter
password_grace_time to specify a grace period for user accounts in violation of mandatory password complexity requirements and whose passwords have to be changed. User accounts imported using datapump are checked for password compliance against the mandatory profile and forced to change their passwords. If the password is not changed within the grace period, further connections are rejected.
The default value for
password_verify_function is null. The default value for
password_grace_time is 0.
User-Created Password Complexity Function: Example
The example creates a password complexity function
my_mandatory_function as the argument to
SQL> create or replace function my_mandatory_verify_function ( username varchar2, password varchar2, old_password varchar2) return boolean IS begin -- mandatory verify function will always be evaluated regardless of the -- password verify function that is associated to a particular profile/user -- requires the minimum password length to be 8 characters if not ora_complexity_check(password, chars => 8) then return(false); end if; return(true); end; / 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Function created.
Create a Mandatory Profile: Example
The example creates mandatory profile
LIMIT restricts the profile to use the only profile parameter allowed, the
PASSWORD_VERIFY_FUNCTION specifies the user-created password complexity function
CREATE MANDATORY PROFILE c##cdb_profile LIMIT PASSWORD_VERIFY_FUNCTION my_mandatory_function CONTAINER = ALL ;
If you want to apply the mandatory user profile for all PDBs in the CDB, then you must do so in the CDB root using the
ALTER SYSTEM statement.
Apply the Mandatory Profile to the Entire CDB: Example
You must be in
CDB$ROOT to execute this statement.
ALTER SYSTEM SET MANDATORY_USER_PROFILE=c##cdb_profile;
If you want to apply the mandatory user profile for individual PDBs, then you must configure the
MANDATORY_USER_PROFILE parameter in the
init.ora file that is associated with the PDB.
Apply the Mandatory Profile to an Individual PDB: Example
init.ora file associated with the PDB and set the
You can use
SHOW PARAMETER to find the current
The mandatory profile that you set in
init.ora takes precedence over the mandatory profile that you set with the
ALTER SYSTEM statement in the CDB root.
Only common users who have been commonly granted the
ALTER PROFILEsystem privilege can alter or drop the mandatory profile, and only from the CDB root.
Only a common user who has been commonly granted the
ALTER SYSTEMprivilege or has the
SYSDBAadministrative privilege can modify the
You can use fractions of days for all parameters that limit time, with days as units. For example, 1 hour is 1/24 and 1 minute is 1/1440.
You can specify resource limits for users regardless of whether the resource limits are enabled. However, Oracle Database does not enforce the limits until you enable them.
When specified with a resource parameter,
UNLIMITED indicates that a user assigned this profile can use an unlimited amount of this resource. When specified with a password parameter,
UNLIMITED indicates that no limit has been set for the parameter.
DEFAULT if you want to omit a limit for this resource in this profile. A user assigned this profile is subject to the limit for this resource specified in the
DEFAULT profile. The
DEFAULT profile initially defines unlimited resources. You can change those limits with the
Any user who is not explicitly assigned a profile is subject to the limits defined in the
DEFAULT profile. Also, if the profile that is explicitly assigned to a user omits limits for some resources or specifies
DEFAULT for some limits, then the user is subject to the limits on those resources defined by the
Specify the number of concurrent sessions to which you want to limit the user.
Specify the CPU time limit for a session, expressed in hundredth of seconds.
Specify the CPU time limit for a call (a parse, execute, or fetch), expressed in hundredths of seconds.
Specify the total elapsed time limit for a session, expressed in minutes.
Specify the permitted periods of continuous inactive time during a session, expressed in minutes. Long-running queries and other operations are not subject to this limit.
When you set an idle timeout of X minutes, note that the session will take X minutes, plus a couple of additional minutes to be terminated.
On the client application side, the error message shows up the next time, when the idle client attempts to issue a new command.
Specify the permitted number of data blocks read in a session, including blocks read from memory and disk.
Specify the permitted number of data blocks read for a call to process a SQL statement (a parse, execute, or fetch).
Specify the amount of private space a session can allocate in the shared pool of the system global area (SGA). Refer to size_clause for information on that clause.
This limit applies only if you are using shared server architecture. The private space for a session in the SGA includes private SQL and PL/SQL areas, but not shared SQL and PL/SQL areas.
Specify the total resource cost for a session, expressed in service units. Oracle Database calculates the total service units as a weighted sum of
Use the following clauses to set password parameters. Parameters that set lengths of time—that is, all the password parameters except
PASSWORD_REUSE_MAX—are interpreted in number of days. For testing purposes you can specify minutes (n/1440) or even seconds (n/86400) for these parameters. You can also use a decimal value for this purpose (for example .0833 for approximately one hour). The minimum value is 1 second. The maximum value is 24855 days. For
PASSWORD_REUSE_MAX, you must specify an integer.
Specify the number of consecutive failed attempts to log in to the user account before the account is locked. If you omit this clause, then the default is 10 times.
Specify the number of days the same password can be used for authentication. If you also set a value for
PASSWORD_GRACE_TIME, then the password expires if it is not changed within the grace period, and further connections are rejected. If you omit this clause, then the default is 180 days.
Oracle Database Security Guide for information on setting
PASSWORD_LIFE_TIME to a low value
These two parameters must be set in conjunction with each other.
PASSWORD_REUSE_TIME specifies the number of days which need to pass before a user having this profile can reuse one of their earlier passwords.
PASSWORD_REUSE_MAX specifies the number of password changes required before the current password can be reused. For these parameters to have any effect, you must specify a value for both of them.
If you specify a value for both of these parameters, then the user cannot reuse a password until the password has been changed the number of times specified for
PASSWORD_REUSE_MAXduring the number of days specified for
For example, if you specify
PASSWORD_REUSE_TIMEto 30 and
PASSWORD_REUSE_MAXto 10, then the user can reuse the password after 30 days if the password has already been changed 10 times.
If you specify a value for either of these parameters and specify
UNLIMITEDfor the other, then the user can never reuse a password.
If you specify
DEFAULTfor either parameter, then Oracle Database uses the value defined in the
DEFAULTprofile. By default, the
PASSWORD_REUSE_MAXparameters are set to
DEFAULTprofile. If you have not changed the default setting of
DEFAULTprofile, then the database treats the value for that parameter as
If you set both of these parameters to
UNLIMITED, then the database ignores both of them. This is the default if you omit both parameters.
Specify the number of days an account will be locked after the specified number of consecutive failed login attempts. If you omit this clause, then the default is 1 day.
Specify the number of days after the grace period begins during which a warning is issued and login is allowed. If you omit this clause, then the default is 7 days.
Specify the permitted number of consecutive days of no logins to the user account, after which the account will be locked. The minimum value is 15 days. The maximum value is 24855. If you omit this clause, then the default is
You can pass a PL/SQL password complexity verification script as an argument to
CREATE PROFILE by specifying
PASSWORD_VERIFY_FUNCTION. Oracle Database provides a default script, but you can write your own function or use third-party software instead.
function, specify the name of the password complexity verification function. The function must exist in the
SYSschema, and you must have
EXECUTEprivilege on the function.
NULLto indicate that no password verification is performed.
If you specify
expr for any of the password parameters, then the expression can be of any form except scalar subquery expression.
Restriction on Password Parameters
When you assign a profile to an external user or a global user, the password parameters do not take effect for that user.
You must configure a non-zero limit for the
PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIME user profile parameter in order to enable the gradual database password rollover. You can configure this parameter using
CREATE PROFILE or
expr to specify a value for
PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIME in days. You must specify hours as a fraction of one day. For example, if you want to set the limit to four hours,
expr would be
The granularity of the
PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIME limit value is one second. For example, you can have a limit of one hour plus three minutes and five seconds by providing an
expr like this:
( 1/24) + ( 3/1440) + (5/86400) ) .
The default setting for
PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIME is 0, which means that gradual password rollover is disabled.
The example sets the gradual password rollover time period to 1 day:
CREATE PROFILE usr_prof LIMIT PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIME 1
Specify a value of 0 for
PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIMEif you want to disable the password rollover period.
Specify a positive value for
PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIMEto enable the password rollover feature for all users who are members of the profile.
The minimum value you can specify for
PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIMEis one hour. You do this by entering
1/24. If you want to set the password rollover time to six hours, you enter
6/24as the value for
The value for
PASSWORD_ROLLOVER_TIMEcannot exceed either 60 days, or the current value of the
PASSWORD_GRACE_TIMElimit of the profile, or the current value of the
PASSWORD_LIFE_TIMElimit of the profile; whichever is lowest.
To find user accounts that are currently in the password rollover period, query the
ACCOUNT_STATUS column of the
DBA_USERS data dictionary view. The status will be
The password rollover period begins the moment the user changes their password.
CONTAINER clause applies when you are connected to a CDB. However, it is not necessary to specify the
CONTAINER clause because its default values are the only allowed values.
To create a common profile, you must be connected to the root. You can optionally specify
ALL, which is the default when you are connected to the root.
To create a local profile, you must be connected to a PDB. You can optionally specify
CURRENT, which is the default when you are connected to a PDB.
Creating a Profile: Example
The following statement creates the profile
CREATE PROFILE new_profile LIMIT PASSWORD_REUSE_MAX 10 PASSWORD_REUSE_TIME 30;
Setting Profile Resource Limits: Example
The following statement creates the profile
CREATE PROFILE app_user LIMIT SESSIONS_PER_USER UNLIMITED CPU_PER_SESSION UNLIMITED CPU_PER_CALL 3000 CONNECT_TIME 45 LOGICAL_READS_PER_SESSION DEFAULT LOGICAL_READS_PER_CALL 1000 PRIVATE_SGA 15K COMPOSITE_LIMIT 5000000;
If you assign the
app_user profile to a user, then the user is subject to the following limits in subsequent sessions:
The user can have any number of concurrent sessions.
In a single session, the user can consume an unlimited amount of CPU time.
A single call made by the user cannot consume more than 30 seconds of CPU time.
A single session cannot last for more than 45 minutes.
In a single session, the number of data blocks read from memory and disk is subject to the limit specified in the
A single call made by the user cannot read more than 1000 data blocks from memory and disk.
A single session cannot allocate more than 15 kilobytes of memory in the SGA.
In a single session, the total resource cost cannot exceed 5 million service units. The formula for calculating the total resource cost is specified by the
app_userprofile omits a limit for
IDLE_TIMEand for password limits, the user is subject to the limits on these resources specified in the
Setting Profile Password Limits: Example
The following statement creates the
app_user2 profile with password limits values set:
CREATE PROFILE app_user2 LIMIT FAILED_LOGIN_ATTEMPTS 5 PASSWORD_LIFE_TIME 60 PASSWORD_REUSE_TIME 60 PASSWORD_REUSE_MAX 5 PASSWORD_VERIFY_FUNCTION ora12c_verify_function PASSWORD_LOCK_TIME 1/24 PASSWORD_GRACE_TIME 10 INACTIVE_ACCOUNT_TIME 30;
This example uses the default Oracle Database password verification function,
ora12c_verify_function. Refer to Oracle Database Security Guide for information on using this verification function provided or designing your own verification function.