Using an Oracle Database through a Java application, I need to execute a SET CURRENT SCHEMA statement using a PreparedStatement to overcome potential SQL injection.

So, I cannot do

public void executeSetCurrentSchema(Connection con, String schema){
     Statement stmt = con.createStatement();
     stmt.execute("SET CURRENT SCHEMA " + schema);

  } catch(Exception){}

but instead I'd like to use a prepared statement, that won't accept a "SET" command, instead I can do a "SELECT setCurrentSchema(" + schema + ")" if such a function would exists.

Is there any function I can issue using a SELECT to set the schema?

  • Please provide an example of what you are trying to do. – Joe W Feb 15 at 12:39
  • Not possible. The schema name is an identifier and you can't pass identifiers as parameters. You could use "SET CURRENT SCHEMA \"" + schema.toUpperCase() + '"') instead if you know you never create user names that require quoting (and thus would be case-sensitive) – a_horse_with_no_name Feb 15 at 12:52
  • @a_horse_with_no_name I saw you suggesting to use execute "ALTER SESSION SET current_schema ?". What's wrong with that one? – JeanValjean Feb 15 at 13:02
  • That does the same thing (and is subject to the same restrictions when run as a prepared statement) – a_horse_with_no_name Feb 15 at 13:09

Always use the DBMS_ASSERT package when dealing with variable Database Objects that are used within Dynamic SQL statements.


create or replace
procedure owner_of_proc.setCurrentSchema( schema_name in varchar2 )
  asserted_schema_name  varchar2(30 byte); -- set to 128 BYTE for 12c+ extended names
  sql_text              varchar2(200);

  asserted_schema_name := DBMS_ASSERT.SCHEMA_NAME( schema_name );

  sql_text := 'ALTER SESSION SET CURRENT_SCHEMA = "' || asserted_schema_name || '"';

  -- always have the ability to log the generated SQL text for Debugging purposes
  -- logger.debug( 'SQL =' || chr(10) || sql_text );

  execute immediate sql_text;

Your Java code would be:

public void executeSetCurrentSchema(Connection con, String schema){
     Statement stmt = con.createStatement();

     // I think this is how you use BIND variables in Java
     stmt.execute("begin owner_of_proc.setCurrentSchema( ? ) end;", schema);

  } catch(Exception e){
    /* Please fill this out
       It is the Java equivalent of WHEN OTHERS THEN NULL;

       You need to catch (and handle) "ORA-44001: Invalid schema name"
  • I asked if there is any function, not if I can create one. I do see your point, however +1 – JeanValjean Feb 15 at 15:31

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