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Oracle's First Security Updates for 2022 Include 497 Patches

Oracle on Tuesday announced its first set of quarterly security updates for 2022, which include a total of 497 new patches. More than half of the addressed vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely without authentication.

As part of the January 2022 Critical Patch Update (CPU), Oracle addressed 28 vulnerabilities rated critical severity, including two that have a CVSS score of 10. Roughly 120 of the remaining vulnerabilities feature CVSS scores between 8.0 and 9.0.

Just as in October 2021, the largest number of patches are for Oracle’s Communications product. This month, 84 such patches were announced, with 50 of the addressed vulnerabilities being remotely exploitable without authentication.

Oracle published 78 patches for MySQL, including fixes for 3 unauthenticated, remotely exploitable issues, and 48 patches for Financial Services Applications (37 for security flaws that an unauthenticated attacker can exploit remotely).

Retail Applications received 43 patches (34 vulnerabilities exploitable remotely, without authentication), Fusion Middleware received 39 fixes (35 remote, unauthenticated bugs), while Communications Applications got 33 security updates (22 flaws remotely exploitable, without authentication).

Oracle also released fixes for Construction and Engineering (22 fixes – 15 unauthenticated, remotely exploitable flaws), Java SE (18 – 18), PeopleSoft (13 – 10), Utilities Applications (13 – 7), Systems (11 – 7), Supply Chain (10 – 8), E-Business Suite (9 – 5), Health Sciences Applications (8 – 8), Insurance Applications (7 – 6), Enterprise Manager (7 – 6), and Commerce (6 – 6).

Other Oracle software to have received patches include Airlines Data Model, Big Data Graph, Communications Data Model, Database Server, Essbase, Food and Beverage Applications, GoldenGate, Graph Server and Client, HealthCare Applications, Hospitality Applications, Hyperion, iLearning, JD Edwards, NoSQL Database, Policy Automation, REST Data Services, Secure Backup, Spatial Studio, Siebel CRM, Support Tools, TimesTen In-Memory Database, and Virtualization.

Oracle published a security bulletin regarding the Apache Log4j vulnerabilities CVE-2021-44228 and CVE-2021-45046 in December 2021.

“Oracle continues to periodically receive reports of attempts to maliciously exploit vulnerabilities for which Oracle has already released security patches. In some instances, it has been reported that attackers have been successful because targeted customers had failed to apply available Oracle patches,” the tech giant notes.

The company encourages all customers to apply the available security updates as soon as possible, to ensure their systems are protected against potential attacks.

Oracle plans to release the next set of quarterly patches on April 19.

The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encouraged administrators to review Oracle’s latest CPU and apply the fixes immediately.

“A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system,” CISA notes.

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