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Oracle Plans Massive Security Update

Oracle is planning a massive security update for Tuesday with fixes for more than 100 vulnerabilities impacting the company’s products.

Oracle is planning a massive security update for Tuesday with fixes for more than 100 vulnerabilities impacting the company’s products.

Oracle October 2012 Security UpdatesAll totaled, there are 109 security bugs being swatted by the update. Twenty-six of the vulnerabilities are in Oracle Fusion Middleware, 13 of which are remotely exploitable without authentication. Among the Fusion Middleware components affected are Oracle Application Server Single Sign-On, Oracle BI Publisher and Oracle JRockit. The highest CVSS Base Score of vulnerabilities affecting Oracle Fusion Middleware is 10.0.

The CVSS Base Score for the five security fixes for the Oracle Database Server also is 10, the highest rating possible.

“[One] of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password,” Oracle said in the advisory. “[Two] of these fixes are applicable to client-only installations, i.e., installations that do not have the Oracle Database Server installed.”

After the Fusion Middleware suite, the next largest batch of vulnerabilities fixed in the update resides in the Oracle Sun Products suite, where a total of 18 bugs are being patched. Three of the vulnerabilities are remotely exploitability without a password or username. The highest CVSS Base Score of vulnerabilities affecting Oracle Sun Products Suite is 7.8.

“All affected components have one or more vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely without authentication,” blogged Amol Sarwate, director of vulnerability labs for Qualys.

“Overall, this is a big release that will keep system administrators busy on all fronts,” he added.

Other products affected by the release include: nine security fixes for the Oracle E-Business Suite; nine for the Oracle Supply Chain Products suite; nine for Oracle PeopleSoft products; 14 security fixes for Oracle MySQL; two for Oracle Siebel CRM; two for Oracle Industry Applications; 13 for Oracle Financial Services Software; and two for Oracle Virtualization software.

Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle “strongly recommends” customers apply the critical update fixes as soon as possible, the company said in the pre-patch advisory. 

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