Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Critical Patch Update for Oracle Fusion Middleware - CPU October 2013

The latest Critical Patch Update (CPU) has been released for Oracle products. Start your reading here

Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin 

This is the home page containing links to all "Critical Patch Updates" released to date, along with sections detailing 

  • Security Alerts 
  • Third Party Bulletin
  • Public Vulnerabilities Fixed
  • Policies
  • Reporting Security Vulnerabilities

On this page you will find the link to the

Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - October 2013

The advisory lists the support documents that cover the patch availability for all Oracle products.

For Oracle Fusion Middleware, go to:

Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update October 2013 Availability Document [ID 1571391.1]

If you are hit any unexpected errors when applying the CPU patches, check out the known issues documented in these two support documents.

  • Critical Patch Update October 2013 Oracle Fusion Middleware Known Issues  [ID 1571369.1]
  • Critical Patch Update October 2013 Database Known Issues [ID 1571653.1]

And lastly, for an informal summary of what the Critical Patch Update fixes, check out the blog posts by "Oracle Software Security Assurance" team

October 2013 Critical Patch Update Released

Monday Oct 07, 2013

RDA 8.01 - Now A Better Experience for WebLogic Administrators

What is RDA?

Not familiar with RDA (Remote Diagnostic Agent)? Well I won't use this blog entry to provide a lesson, but if you want to learn more, take a look at these two support articles:

  • Get Proactive with Fusion Middleware : Resolve Problems Faster! Use Remote Diagnostic Agent [ID 1498376.1]
  • How to Run Remote Diagnostic Agent ( RDA ) Against Oracle WebLogic Server ( WLS ) [ID 1262157.1]

Too many questions in set up

"I have to answer too many questions at set up time!". The first of two criticisms leveled at a RDA collection which targeted a WebLogic Server based technology stack. Well I pleased to say that the number of questions of has been reduced.

If, for example, you set up RDA using the "WebLogicServer" profile, you will encounter a set up dialogue similar to the one copied / pasted from a Weblogic 12c solution, on Unix, below.

Tip: Work through the set up questions a little quicker by configuring your environment variables to point at your Middleware Home and location of your WebLogic domain prior to running RDA set up. Doing so, allows RDA to find default values for certain questions, which means you can just hit return and move on.

# Setting the environment

. /home/oracle/app/FMW12c_1212/config/user_projects/domains/my_domain/bin/
ORACLE_HOME=/home/oracle/app/FMW12c_1212/oh; export ORACLE_HOME
# Running RDA set up 
cd /home/oracle/software/rda
./ -S -p WebLogicServer
# Set up dialogue
Enter the network domain name for this server

Enter the Oracle home to be used for data analysis
Hit "Return" to accept the default (/home/oracle/app/FMW12c_1212/oh)
Enter the location of the directory where the domains to analyze are located
(For example in UNIX, <BEA Home>/user_projects/domains or 
<Middleware Home>/user_projects/domains)
Hit "Return" to accept the default
For a successful WLS connection, ensure that the domain Admin Server is up 
and running.

Data Collection Type:
  1  Perform offline collection
  2  Perform online collection (using WLS connection)

Enter the item number
Hit "Return" to accept the default (2)

Select a Oracle WebLogic Server domain home target list:
  1  Domain my_domain (in

  A  All Oracle WebLogic Server domain home targets
  D  Define a new Oracle WebLogic Server domain home target
  E  Edit an Oracle WebLogic Server domain home target
  N  No Oracle WebLogic Server domain home targets
Enter your selection, as a comma-separated list of item numbers or ranges
Hit "Return" to accept the default (1)
Server list for 'my_domain' domain:
  1  AdminServer
  2  ms3
Enter your selection, as a comma-separated list of item numbers or ranges
Hit "Return" to accept the default (1-2)
Are custom scripts used to start Oracle WebLogic servers (Y/N)?
Hit "Return" to accept the default (N)

# The next prompt concerns OCM. You are not required to configure OCM. 
# If time is short, just answer 'N'

RDA benefits from Oracle Configuration Manager by improving its 
data collection. Oracle Configuration Manager (OCM) collects the 
configuration information and uploads it to the OCM Repository 
in connected mode. When OCM is configured in disconnected mode, it 
adds the OCM payload to the RDA report packages in future RDA runs.

Pending Configurations in /home/oracle/app/FMW12c_1212/oh:
  MH_T0001  Middleware home /home/oracle/app/FMW12c_1212/oh

Hit 'Return' to continue

Do you want RDA to configure OCM now (Y/N)?
Hit "Return" to accept the default (Y)
> N

# After answering the prompts set up will be complete. 
# Now just launch the command line script (no parameters) 
# to run the collection


"Cannot see the wood for the trees" in the output

This is the second of the criticisms. RDA does collects many files and metrics - this is one its strengths. Yet I think it is fair to say that the presentation of WebLogic Server data in the RDA Start Menu (generated as part of the output) lacked some order and structure. For example, server log files were somewhat buried, and similarly, unless you knew to scroll down to WLST collections, you could not easily ascertain the basic contents of a targeted Weblogic domain. In RDA 8.01, the sub menus for the WebLogic Domain and Servers have been re-ordered to address this concern. Review the screenshots below.

Figure 1 : WebLogic Domain Sub Menu

Note: In the Main Index, RDA will only list managed servers which have been targeted for collection. In this example, only AdminServer and ms3 were targeted for collection. Yet we can see from the Domain MBeans that the domain contains other managed servers and a cluster. 

Figure 2 : MBean Drill Down Example - Admin Server State

Figure 3: WebLogic Server Sub Menu

To take advantage of these changes download the latest version of RDA. The download links can be found in

Get Proactive with Fusion Middleware : Resolve Problems Faster! Use Remote Diagnostic Agent [ID 1498376.1]


This is the blog of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Support Team. Here we will provide information about new patches, articles, product releases and features, as well as FAQs from Support

Follow OracleMWSupport on Twitter


« October 2013 »