Oracle issues big security patch update

The fixes address vulnerabilities in its database, application servers and other products

Oracle on Tuesday released its latest quarterly patch update, which includes 10 security fixes for its database and also addresses a range of vulnerabilities across the vendor's applications portfolio.

Among the 10 database vulnerabilites, three can be exploited across a network without a user name or password. Affected database components include advanced replication, network authentication, Secure Enterprise Search and configuration management, Oracle said.

Two other patches are for Oracle Application Server weaknesses that can also be exploited remotely without authentication, Oracle said.

Another group of fixes addresses issues with Oracle E-Business Suite components, including Advanced Supply Chain Planning, Oracle Applications Framework, iStore and iSupplier Portal.

In addition, Oracle is shipping a total of four fixes for its PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards Enterprise One and Siebel application families, two patches for Oracle Secure Backup, and two for Enterprise Manager.

The patch update also targets five vulnerabilites in BEA products, including JRockit, Complex Event Processing and the WebLogic application server. All of the issues can be remotely exploited, Oracle said.

Oracle uses the CVSS (common vulnerability scoring system) method to rate the severity of security problems. In this update, vulnerabilities in the JRockit and Secure Backup products received a CVSS score of 10.0, the highest possible.

Full details of the patch update are available on Oracle's Web site. The next quarterly release is scheduled for Oct. 13.

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