The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

control file

An Oracle control file specifies the physical structure of an Oracle database, including such things as the database name, names and locations of the datafiles and redo log files, and the timestamp of when the database was created. When you start an Oracle database, the control file is used to identify the database instance name redo log files that must be opened for transaction recording and recovery and datafiles where data is stored.