April 2012 Critical Patch Update Released
By Eric P. Maurice on Apr 17, 2012
Hi, this is Eric Maurice.
Oracle has just released the April 2012 Critical Patch Update. This Critical Patch Update provides 88 new security fixes across the following product families: Oracle Database Server, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle FLEXCUBE, Oracle Siebel Clinical Trial Management System, Oracle Primavera, Oracle Sun products suite, and Oracle MySQL.
Of the 88 new vulnerabilities, 6 directly affect Oracle Database Server. The highest CVSS Base Score for these Database Server vulnerabilities is 9.0. This Base Score affects the Oracle Spatial component on Windows platforms (on non-Windows platforms, i.e., Linux, Unix, the CVSS Base Score is 6.5). In addition, 6 Enterprise Manager Grid Control fixes may be relevant to Database Server deployments. The highest CVSS Base Score for the Enterprise Manager Grid Control vulnerabilities is 5.8; but 4 of the 6 vulnerabilities can be remotely exploitable without authentication. Therefore, Oracle highly recommends that these fixes be applied as soon as possible.
This Critical patch Update also includes 11 new security fixes for Oracle Fusion Middleware. The highest CVSS Base Score for these Fusion Middleware vulnerabilities is 10.0 (for vulnerability CVE-2012-1695). This score affects a series of vulnerabilities in the Java Runtime Environment that are applicable to JRockit. Starting again with this Critical Patch Update, JRockit fixes will no longer be provided with the Critical Patch Update for Java SE, but be provided in “the normal” Critical Patch Update along with other Oracle Fusion Middleware fixes.
This Critical Patch Update provides the following application security fixes: 4 for Oracle E-Business Suite, 5 for Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite, 15 for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, 2 for Siebel Clinical Trial Management System, 17 for Oracle FLEXCUBE, and 1 for Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Management.
Finally, this Critical Patch Update provides 15 new security fixes for the Oracle Sun Products Suite (including Oracle Grid Engine, Oracle Glassfish Enterprise Server, Oracle Solaris, etc.) and 6 new security fixes for Oracle MySQL.
While a great amount of caution is required when analyzing the content of the Critical Patch Updates in an attempt to identify potential trends; I believe the content of this Critical Patch Update is consistent with the views expressed in previous blog entries: Oracle Software Security Assurance activities tend to result in lowering the number of exploitable security bugs in most mature product lines (that is the product lines who have implemented Oracle secure development practices for the longest time), and as a result we see a downward trend in the number of fixes for these product lines. On the other hand, newly acquired product lines often experience relatively large number of security fixes in the Critical Patch Updates. This is due in part to the increased visibility these products may get as a result of their acquisition by Oracle, as well as development’s access to an extended toolset (e.g., security scanning tools) and increased executive attention around security matters as a result of joining Oracle.
For More Information:
The April 2012 Critical Patch Update Advisory is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuapr2012-366314.html
More information about Oracle Software Security Assurance is located at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/assurance/index.html