Most Oracle Database Pros Ignore Security Patches
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Latest News A survey by Sentrigo indicates that most Oracle database administrators do not apply the Critical Patch Updates that Oracle issues on a quarterly basis. Oracle designed its CPU program to help customers protect databases and other products against recently discovered security vulnerabilities. However, security patching is largely neglected as 67.5 percent of the respondents said they had never applied any Oracle CPU and that leaves many databases open to exploits.

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Oracle SupportWritten by Oracle Support on 2008-07-18 11:38:06
The Oracle Critical Patch Update for July 2008 was released on July 15, 2008. We strongly recommend that you apply the Oracle patch as soon as possible.  
 
The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes the list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities for each product suite, and links to other important documents. Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied. If you require further help regarding Oracle Support, then please visit the Quantix website.  
 
Also, it is essential to review the Oracle Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.  
 
The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:  
Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/alerts.htm  
The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:  
 
* October 14, 2008  
* January 13, 2009  
* April 14, 2009  
* July 14, 2009

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