[ISN] Oracle has 65 fixes in latest security update

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Tue Jul 18 2006 - 22:20:00 PDT


By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service

Oracle has issued 65 fixes for a wide range of software products as part 
of its quarterly security release, called the Critical Patch Update. 

The patches, released Tuesday, address problems in the company's database, 
application server, and e-business suite products, among others, according 
to Darius Wiles, manager of Oracle Security Alerts. More information on 
the patches can be found here [1]. 

Some of the patches are also designed for client software that works with 
Oracle's databases, he said. "There are 23 fixes for vulnerabilities that 
affect database servers and another four that apply to clients." 

Included in the patches are fixes for an exploit that had been made public 
on the Bugtraq mailing list back in April, as well as a fix for a bug that 
Oracle had inadvertently disclosed on (and then quickly removed from) its 
own Metalink support service. The Bugtraq exploit can be found here. 

Oracle has released 10 fixes for its Application Server and 20 fixes for 
its E-Business Suite, Wiles said.

Many of the vulnerabilities relate to a proprietary networking protocol 
used by Oracle's database, called Oracle Net. This protocol has come under 
increased scrutiny over the past year, according to Amichai Shulman,CTO 
with Imperva. 

"No one has explored these options up until now," Shulman said. "Once 
people dive into these obscure protocols, they are sure to find many 
vulnerabilities."Often network vulnerabilities can be the most dangerous, 
he said, "because you don't need any database credentials in order to 
exploit them."Oracle's next critical patch update is scheduled for Oct. 

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[1] http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/431353/30/30/threaded

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