It's crucial to maintain the database in your E-Business Suite environments by applying the latest database patchsets. Database patchsets contain important security, performance, and stability updates. As of today, the latest database patchset certified with EBS is 22.214.171.124. We strongly recommend that all EBS customers should be running this patchset now.
Until now, whenever a new database patchset was released, you had up to 12 months to apply it. This is called the grace period. No new patches for the previous patchset would be released after that 12 month grace period.
Oracle's Server Technologies group has just increased the grace period for the second and later patchsets to two years.
This is easier to understand with an example:
For more information about these database support policies, see: