TNS 12555 permission denied oracle Listener cannot be started

Case

Oracle listener can not be started. If you try to start it you get the following error:

<hostname>:<sid>adm $ lsnrctl start [LISTENER_NAME]
LSNRCTL for <OS>: Version 12.1.0.2.0 – Production on 30-AUG-2012 18:06:43
 
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Starting /oracle/<SID>/121/bin/tnslsnr: please wait…
 
TNSLSNR for <OS>: Version 12.1.0.2.0 – Production
System parameter file is /oracle/<SID>/121/network/admin/listener.ora
Log messages written to /oracle/<SID>/121/network/log/listener.log
Error listening on: (ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=IPC)(KEY=<SID>.WORLD))
TNS-12555: TNS:permission denied
TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
TNS-00525: Insufficient privilege for operation
<OS> Error: 1: Not owner

Solution

You have probably wrong user permission settings in socket files

Make sure that both <sid>adm and oracle/ora<sid> have full permissions in the following two directories:

  1. /tmp/.oracle
  2. /var/tmp/.oracle

Correct by changing the ownership and granting more privileges:

  1. chown ora<sid>.dba /tmp/.oracle
  2. chmod 774 /tmp/.oracle

For 12c or any installation under the “oracle” user, please adjust the command line above accordingly.

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