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Critical Patch Update for January 2010 Now Available

Steven Chan
Senior Director
The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2010 was released on January 12, 2010. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible. The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, 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. Also, it is essential to review the 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: The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:
  • April 13, 2010
  • July 13, 2010
  • October 12, 2010
  • January 18, 2011

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Comments ( 18 )
  • Jay Weinshenker Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    YAY - PSUs for Apps.

    Now we only need to apply one patch for the DB and one patch for the Apps.

    A very very cool improvement. My thanks to the group who did this.

    While talking with another DBA today, we came up with something that would be quite nice. After many patches you're supposed to go into adamin and do things like

    compile flexfields

    recompile apps schema

    generate grants and synonyms


    It make life a bit easier to automate if we could call those things directly from a command line argument to adadmin vs having to use the menus.

    Any chance you all could implement something like that? I admit, I haven't researched and it may be already in there, but I don't think it is.

    Thanks as always

  • Martin Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    Typo, hopefully, or you guys are a year ahead of your time....

    "The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2010 was released on January 12, 2009"

  • Steven Chan Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    Hi, Martin,

    Thanks for catching that typo. I'd like to think that this blog is ahead of its time. ;-)



  • John Stouffer Thursday, January 14, 2010


    Could you please send out an update of the critical one-off that affects all platforms and releases after applying ATG RUP 7?

    Patch is 9053932 for 11i and 8222709 for 12.



    P.S. Good job on the PSU for Apps - I have to concur. This should make life a little easier...:-)

  • Steven Chan Thursday, January 14, 2010

    Thanks, John. I've asked our CPU team to look into this.



  • Jody Thursday, January 14, 2010

    Response to Jay Weinshenker:

    Check out running adadmin in non-interactive mode. Note 289790.1 will link you to the proper manual. This gives you the ability to run the tasks you are asking about via the command line.

  • Mark Brzostowski Friday, January 15, 2010


    Do you have information on how the 2010 schedule was created and why those dates are chosen? I seem to recall you addressing this question in a past blog but cannont find it.

    The Oracle EBS application development team, I work with, have issues with this schedule every year. They request that the CPUs be released either a month ealier or a month later to fit into their appliation patch testing schedules. Due to the development, testing, and the attempt to be timely on the security fixes, I am thinking that this request will be difficult to accomplish even if it were a few weeks either way.

  • Steven Chan Friday, January 15, 2010

    Hi, Mark,

    The quarterly Critical Patch Schedule is established by our Global Product Security team responsible for security across all Oracle product families. An in-depth discussion about their reasons for this schedule and CPU release approach is here:


    You can provide feedback to that team by posting a comment to that article, or emailing the team directly.



  • Randy Giefer Sunday, January 17, 2010


    I would like to thank Oracle and all contributing Oracle personnel for creating an EBS 11i CPU cummulative patchset for this CPU release. This is something that in the long run will make more systems secure and I am sure that many EBS 11i customers will benefit from this.

    We hope that we can expect this rollup to continue for all subsequent CPUs. :-)

    Thanks again!

    Randy Giefer

    OAUG SysAdmin SIG

  • Kevin Sheehan Tuesday, January 19, 2010


    I echo Randy's comments. Cumulative 11i CPU patches make it easier for everyone and removes one of the the obstacles to staying "patched current" for those customers that have fallen behind in CPUs.

    Thanks to all,


  • Rama Nalam Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    Thank you very much for the update.

    The cumulative CPUs for EBS is a big step forward for securing EBS systems. That reduces the work for DBAs.

    Thanks for your teams efforts.

  • Steven Chan Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    Hi, Rama, Kevin,

    Thanks for your comments about our 11i cumulative CPU. I've passed them on to our CPU team.

    Some good news: they've confirmed that they plan to continue to release cumulative 11i CPUs on an ongoing basis now.



  • Kjetil Strønen Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    Cumulative CPU-patch for 11i is definitely a good improvement - thank you very much for that!

    It does however raise a problem for most Norwegian installations I've encountered; Oracle Norway maintained, until a few years ago, a set of Norwegian Extensions, NOEX. Now, the development and maintenance of this is transferred to "central development" (India, I have been told).

    The problem is that NOEX's "customizations" isn't always up-to-date; CPUJul2007 released 6185758, which included the form APXPAWKB.fmb in version 115.480. Note 557079.1 states that, for NOEX, "Latest certified version for form APXPAWKB.fmb is 115.435".

    I have raised SR's for this previously, without getting anywhere, except being redirected to Oracle Consulting, which told me that "not enough customers had raised it as an issue".

    Hence the problem; whereas we could previously "choose" to ignore one patch for one module (AP), we're now in a situation where we can't keep up at all; the cumulative patch for CPUJan2010 includes the form as well! (it wouldn't be cumulative if it didn't...)

    I guess we'll just have to keep raising SR's...

  • Steven Chan Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Hello, Kjetil,

    Thanks for your comments. If the Norwegian Extensions aren't keeping up with the rest of the E-Business Suite, I can see how this can be problematic.

    I'm not familiar with the Norwegian Extensions. I'm unclear on who owns these -- your comment implies that they're owned by Oracle Consulting, but you also refer to "central development in India."

    I think that your best bet would be to escalate this with your Oracle account manager to identify the NOEX owner. We want to help everyone get up to the latest CPU level, regardless of localizations installed. Please let me know if I can help coordinate this with your account management team.



  • Kjetil Strønen Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    I'm not sure what team owns Norwegian Extensions, but there is a bug (or ER) logged for this; 6975187. It has been in review for almost two years...The last update, 21-APR-09, was when I last had an SR opened for the issue.

    Any coordination would be appreciated :)



  • Steven Chan Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    Hello, Kjetil,

    Our Security team is looking into the NOEX case that you raised; thanks for letting us know about this. I'll pass the bug number on to the team that's investigating this.



  • Rakesh Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    Hi Steven,

    We applied PSU1 on our E Business Suite Database.

    As the PSU3 for is already released, can you please advice if that is certified to apply in E Business Suite Database. Because in the 985520.1 we only see entry on database CPU patches and no updates on PSU.

    Thanks & Regards,


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    Hi, Rakesh,

    We don't explicitly certify database Patch Set Updates with the E-Business Suite, but they're supported. See:

    Can E-Business Users Apply Database Patch Set Updates?




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