By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
January 16, 2007
Oracle on Tuesday released fixes for 51 vulnerabilities that affect its
The update is part of the Redwood City, Calif., company's quarterly
patch cycle. Oracle preannounced its patch release Thursday, when, for
the first time, it published an advance notification so customers could
plan ahead to apply the fixes.
Oracle's actual Tuesday "Critical Patch Update" has one fix less than
the company originally announced. Instead of the planned 27 fixes for
its database products, 26 vulnerabilities are addressed in the company's
"An issue was detected with one of the database fixes for a number of
database versions," Eric Maurice, manager for security at Oracle, wrote
on a corporate blog. "Per our policywe removed the fix from the January
CPU. We are working to resolve this issue to release the fix on all
supported database versions with the next CPU in April."
In addition to the database fixes, Oracle's update repairs 12 flaws in
Application Server, 7 in E-Business Suite, 6 in Enterprise Manager and 3
in PeopleSoft. Many bugs are serious and could allow a system running
the vulnerable Oracle software to be compromised remotely by an
anonymous attacker, Oracle said.
"As usual, we highly recommend that customers apply all patches
promptly," Maurice wrote.
Oracle's next patch release is due on April 17.
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