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Oracle Security Update Contains Critical Patches for MySQL, Java SE

Oracle released a security update with a whopping 98 fixes, including 17 for Oracle Fusion Middleware and 26 for Oracle MySQL.

Oracle released a security update with a whopping 98 fixes, including 17 for Oracle Fusion Middleware and 26 for Oracle MySQL.

The fixes arrived on Tuesday – the same day as a bevy of patches from Microsoft and Adobe Systems. MySQL is home to the largest number of security fixes in the update. Of the 26, four can be exploited remotely without authentication. The most severe of these bugs holds a CVSS rating of 10.0 – the highest criticality rating – and affects MySQL Enterprise Monitoring.

The second highest number of vulnerabilities impact Fusion Middleware. Twelve of the 17 are remotely exploitable without authentication. The most serious issue has a CVSS score of 10.0. That bug is the GHOST vulnerability (CVE-2015-0235), and affects the Oracle Exalogic Infrastructure, blogged Eric Maurice, Oracle’s software security assurance director. 

Java SE was the subject of 14 security fixes. Eleven of these are for client-only – they can only be exploited through sandboxed Java Web Start application and sandboxed Java applets. Two apply to JSSE client and Server deployments and one to Java client and Server deployments. Three of the bugs – CVE-2015-0469, CVE-2015-0459 and CVE-2015-0491 – have a CVSS score of 10.0. Those three bugs all affect Java 2D. 

The rest of the fixes affect: the Oracle database (four), E-Business Suite (four), Supply Chain Suite (seven), PeopleSoft Enterprise (six) and two apiece for Oracle Retail Industry Suite, Oracle Hyperion and the Oracle Commerce Platform. In addition, there is one fix apiece for Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Siebel CRM, Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Right Now Service Cloud and Oracle Health Sciences Applications. There are also eight fixes for the Sun Systems products suite and one for Oracle Support Tools.

Lane Thames, security researcher for Tripwire, advised organizations to start with the patches for Fusion Middleware, Java SE and MySQL.

“Organizations have varying attack surfaces and security postures based on characteristics such as the types of applications used, the total number of applications used, server configurations, firewall configurations, etc,” he said. “Therefore, it is hard to provide precise patch prioritization advice without doing so on a case by case basis. However…I would recommend putting these aforementioned heavy weights higher up the prioritization ladder.”

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The next critical patch update is scheduled for July. The previous Oracle update, released in January, contained nearly 170 security fixes. 

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