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Using the DBMS_SQL Package
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A common request from users is the ability to change their password. Unfortunately, Oracle does not allow a user to change an account password without having the ALTER USER privilege. This privilege also allows users to change information other than the password and for any user. So, unless you want to grant this level of access to users, the DBA has the responsibility of assigning and changing passwords.

Letís use the DBMS_SQL package to create a Change_Password() function, which the DBA can compile and make accessible to all users. This function can be called from a systemís front end, usually via a button on a form or a menu item, to allow the user to change a password (and only a password). The Change_Password() function is shown in Listing 9.3.

Listing 9.3 The Change_Password() function.

FUNCTION Change_Password (vUsername IN    varchar2,
                          vPassword IN    varchar2)
RETURN integer
   iCursorID           integer;
   vCommand            varchar2 (80);
   iReturned           integer;
   IF (vUserName IS NULL OR vPassword IS NULL) THEN
   END IF;
   vCommand := 'ALTER USER '    ||
               vUsername        ||
               'identified by ' ||
   iCursorID := DBMS_SQL.Open_Cursor;
   DBMS_SQL.Parse (iCursorID,
   iReturned := DBMS_SQL.Execute (iCursorID);
   DBMS_SQL.Close_Cursor (iCursorID);
   RETURN 1;
        RETURN 0;
END Change_Password;

This function must be run by a user who has the ALTER USER privilege. In this implementation, the function allows any userís password to be changed. This particular implementation assumes that you will pass only the login name of the current user as a parameter.

The function first builds the proper SQL*Plus command and stores it in the vCommand string. The function then calls functions and procedures in the DBMS_SQL package to parse and execute the command.

This function requires a username and password to be passed as parameters. If the userís password is successfully changed, the function returns 1. Otherwise, the function returns 0.

This is an excerpt from the book "High Performance Oracle Database Automation" by Jonathan Ingram and Donald K. Burleson, Series Editor.


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