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Oracle January 2017 CPU Fixes 270 Vulnerabilities

Oracle kicked off the New Year with its first installment of the quarterly CPU (critical patch update) for 2017. The update contains fix for 270 security issues across wide range of products. The graph below shows distribution of the update. More than 100 vulnerabilities that were fixed could be compromised by a remote attacker without requiring any credentials. Most remote vulnerabilities could be exploited over the HTTP protocol.

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Oracle October 2016 Critical Patch Update

Oracle released another massive patch update today which fixed 253 security flaws across hundreds of Oracle products.  This year we have seen the updates getting bigger as compared to an average of 161 vulnerabilities 2015 and 128 vulnerabilities in 2014. Many components fixed in today’s release are remotely exploitable. Since most organizations have different teams to patch databases, networking components, operating systems, applications server and ERP systems, I have broken down the massive update in these categories. Other than the exception of Java there are no consumer products and administrators should focus on their individual patching domains.

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Oracle July 2016 Critical Patch Update

Today Oracle released its July critical patch update fixing 276 security issues across hundreds of Oracle products. On average in 2015 Oracle fixed about 161 vulnerabilities per update and the number was 128 in 2014. That makes today’s update the largest and here is a breakdown of the vulnerabilities. Out of the 276 vulnerabilities, 159 can be exploited remotely without authentication, typically over a network without the need of any credentials. The table lists components ordered by the number of issues and description below has details. Since most organizations have different teams to patch databases, networking components, operating systems, applications server and ERP systems, I have broken down the massive update in these categories.

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Oracle Critical Patch Update April 2016

This week Oracle released their quarterly Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2016. The CPU addresses 136 vulnerabilities in 49 products, including Java, Solaris, several middleware products, VirtualBox, the MySQL database and the original Oracle database.

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Oracle Critical Patch Update January 2016

Oracle has published their Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2016. The Oracle CPU is quarterly and addresses the flaws in large Oracle’s product line, including their core product the relational database, but also in a large number of acquisitions like Solaris, MySQL, Java and many of the end-user products, such as JDEdwards ERP, Peoplesoft and CRM.

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Update: Patch Tuesday January 2016

Update: Kaspersky who is credited with finding MS16-006,the critical Silverlight vulnerability just published their story on how the bug was found. Very interesting, has to do with the Hacking Team breach and coding "standards" – take a look at their blog post for more info. They also made clear that this vulnerability is under attack in the wild and that we are looking at a true 0-day here. This changes our priorities – we now put MS16-006 at the top of our list. Take a look at your installations, see if you have Silverlight installed and address the flaw as soon as possible.

Original: The first Patch Tuesday of 2016 turns out to be low in numbers, but broad and packing quite a punch: six of the nine bulletins are rated critical, including the Windows Kernel and Office bulletins. In addition some rather important products are going End-of-Life and get their last patch update today. Microsoft is retiring support for all older browsers on each platform and will from here on only maintain the newest browser on each version of the OS.

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Oracle Critical Patch Update October 2015

Oracle published their quarterly critical patch update October 2015 addressing 154 vulnerabilities distributed across 50+ different products. We will give you our read on the update and help with your prioritization.

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Qualys Policy Compliance Notification: Changes Required for Oracle Assessments

We will be releasing new controls that will require some customers to make changes to their Oracle targets.

For customers that grant granular permissions to allow access to our Oracle assessment capabilities, new CID’s are being released that require additional rights to be granted.  Failure to grant the new rights will result in an error when you assess your Oracle environment.

We are providing advanced notice to give you time to implement these changes.  If you use an account with full read privileges or broader permissions than the minimum privileges recommended in the documentation, you will likely not be affected by this change.

This update will occur no earlier than August 15, 2015 to allow time for updates to your Oracle environment.

Please contact your TAM or technical support if you have any concerns or questions.

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BSI Top 10 in a Nutshell: Patch These Software Packages

The German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik – BSI) is responsible for IT security within the German Federal government. In addition they work on IT security standards for Germany and are moving into a national incident tracking function as well. In December 2014 they published their yearly report summarizing the IT security state in Germany as "critical", with attacks rising, German companies leaking data and exposing their infrastructure to even physical damage. Much of it is due to a 'Digitale Sorglosigkeit', a digital carelessness where the IT industry does not pay attention to avoidable threats.

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