Oracle releases critical security updates

Oracle Corp. has released its latest quarterly batch of secuity updates, offering fixes for several dozen security flaws in its database, application server, business applications and other products.

Oracle switched to a three-monthly release cycle for its patches at the start of this year. Before that it released updates whenever they were ready, which some customers found unpredictable and disruptive. Releasing the patches together is supposed to make life easier for managers who have to track, test and install them.

The updates for July, released Tuesday on the Oracle Technology network, cover current and past versions of all Oracle's main product lines, as well as tools such as Enterprise Manager. They are available to customers who bought an Extended Maintenance Support contract.

Seventeen of the patches are for its E-Business suite of applications. They include patches for exploits that require only network access and no user authorization. There are also 12 patches each for its database and application server, six for Oracle Collaboration Suite and two for Enterprise Manager.

The next batch of security updates is due Oct. 18.

More information is at http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/pdf/cpujul2005.html.

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