Feeds

Oracle joins the monthly patch bandwagon

Breaks cover

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

Oracle is following Microsoft's lead in adopting as monthly patch cycle starting at the end of this month.

Like Microsoft before it, Oracle reckons a monthly patch schedule is easier for its customers. Oracle was heavily criticised earlier this month by UK-based Next Generation Security Software (NGS Software) for its delay in releasing fixes for 34 security vulnerabilities it had unearthed. Oracle is holding up the release of fixes - developed two months ago, according to NGS Software - until its new patch distribution system is ready to go live.

An Oracle spokeswoman broke the firm's silence on the issue by confirming to eWeek that NGS Software had discovered security vulnerabilities that affect Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server and Oracle Enterprise Manager. She declined to say how many bugs were involved.

Oracle is promising all the necessary patches will be ready by 31 August, at which point an alert will be issued, eWeek reports. Meanwhile NGS Software is using its research on Oracle vulnerabilities to develop an intrusion prevention system designed to protect Oracle database servers, to be called dbfw. ®

Related stories

Oracle 'sitting on security fixes'
Oracle 9i Database, Ap Server bust six ways to Sunday
How to hack unbreakable Oracle servers
Ballmer's new MS security fix same patches, but nicer

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.