Security Hardening PostgreSQL Case Study
Recent PostgreSQL security updates are a reminder of the importance of staying up to date with critical software patches. OpenSCG continually updates our open source distribution to ensure software security. However, applying critical patches is just one of the many tasks to perform when securing and hardening your database platforms.
Database systems live at the heart of critical infrastructure. They are responsible for consuming and producing data for every aspect of an organization, and are typically accessed by many different applications and individuals. PostgreSQL is the world’s most advanced open-source RDBMS (relational database management system) and provides a number of security mechanisms in order to effectively secure and manage the access to the system. PostgreSQL also provides modules like pg_crypto, which provide in-database encryption mechanisms for protecting individual data. This topic is out of scope for the document.