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[ISN] Oracle fixes bugs with mega patch


By Joris Evers
CNET News.com 
Published on ZDNet News
October 18, 2005

Oracle on Tuesday released fixes for a laundry list of security
vulnerabilities in many of its software products.

The "Critical Patch Update," part of Oracle's quarterly patch release
cycle, delivers fixes for 33 flaws in Oracle's Database products, 14
in its Application Server, 13 in the Collaboration Suite, 22 in
E-Business Suite and Applications, four in PeopleSoft's PeopleTools,
and two in JD Edwards software.

Several of the flaws carry Oracle's most serious rating, which means
they are easy to exploit and an attack can have a wide impact,
according to the alert. "The most severe of the vulnerabilities could
possibly expose affected computers to complete compromise," Symantec
said in an alert to users of its DeepSight intelligence service.

Oracle doesn't provide many details in its advisory, which could be a
challenge for users when prioritizing patches, Pete Finnigan, a
security specialist in York, England, wrote on his Weblog. "The
descriptions for all the bugs except for the database section give
nothing away whatsoever," he said.

Oracle has been criticized for dragging its heels on fixing security
flaws and being unresponsive to researchers who find bugs. Oracle's
Chief Security Officer, Mary Ann Davidson, in response said security
researchers can be a problem when it comes to product security.

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