Corporate Security Blog

April 2018 Critical Patch Update Released

Eric Maurice
Director of Security Assurance

Oracle today released the April 2018 Critical Patch Update.

This Critical Patch Update provided security updates for a wide range of product families, including: Oracle Database Server, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft, Oracle Industry Applications (Construction, Financial Services, Hospitality, Retail, Utilities), Oracle Java SE, and Oracle Systems Products Suite.

Approximately 35% of the security fixes provided by this Critical Patch Update are for non-Oracle Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs): that is, security fixes for third-party products (e.g., open source components) that are included in traditional Oracle product distributions.  In many instances, the same CVE is listed multiple times in the Critical Patch Update Advisory, because a vulnerable common component (e.g., Apache) may be present in many different Oracle products.

Note that Oracle started releasing security updates in response to the Spectre (CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2017-5753) and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) processor vulnerabilities with the January 2018 Critical Patch Update.  Customers should refer to this Advisory and the “Addendum to the January 2018 Critical Patch Update Advisory for Spectre and Meltdown” My Oracle Support note (Doc ID 2347948.1) for information about newly-released updates. At this point in time, Oracle has issued the corresponding security patches for Oracle Linux and Virtualization and Oracle Solaris on SPARC (SPARC 64-bit systems are not affected by Meltdown), and Oracle is working on producing the necessary updates for Solaris on x86 (noting the diversity of supported processors complicates the creation of the security patches related to these issues).

For more information about this Critical Patch Update, customers should refer to the Critical Patch Update Advisory and the executive summary published on My Oracle Support (Doc ID 2383583.1).