Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

Critical Patch Update for July 2015 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2015 was released on July 14, 2015.  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:

  • October 20, 2015
  • January 19, 2016
  • April 19, 2016
  • July 19, 2016
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Jun 16, 2015

DSTv24 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in September 2014 and released as DSTv23.

DSTv24 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, 12.1, and 11.5.10.2. The DSTv24 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2015d.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv24 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv24 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv23 release:

  • Africa/Cairo,
  • America/Cancun,
  • America/Grand_Turk,
  • America/Santiago,
  • Antarctica/Palmer,
  • Asia/Dacca,
  • Asia/Hovd,
  • Asia/Ulaanbaatar,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Choibalsan,
  • Asia/Hebron,
  • Europe/Minsk,
  • Pacific/Easter,
  • Pacific/Fiji,
  • Egypt,
  • Jamaica,
  • Chile/Continental,
  • Asia/Dhaka,
  • Asia/Ulan_Bator,
  • Chile/EasterIsland.

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

Proactive backports of DST upgrade patches to all Oracle E-Business Suite tiers and platforms are not created and supplied by default. If you need this DST release and an appropriate patch is not currently available, raise a service request through support providing a business case with your version requirements.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

Wednesday Apr 15, 2015

Critical Patch Update for April 2015 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2015 was released on April 14, 2015.  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:

  • July 14, 2015
  • October 20, 2015
  • January 19, 2016
  • April 19, 2016
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Critical Patch Update for January 2015 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2015 was released on January 20, 2015.  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 14, 2015
  • July 14, 2015
  • October 20, 2015
  • January 19, 2016
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Critical Patch Update for October 2014 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2014 was released on October 14, 2014.  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:
  • 13 January 2015
  • 14 April 2015
  • 14 July 2015
  • 13 October 2015

E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

DSTv23 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 12.x environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in June 2014 and released as DSTv22.

DSTv23 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x. The DSTv23 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2014f and includes Russia's reintroduction of "winter time" when the clocks will be turned back one hour on October 26, 2014.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv23 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv23 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv22 release:

  • Africa/Cairo, 
  • Africa/Casablanca, 
  • Africa/El_Aaiun, 
  • Asia/Taipei, 
  • Asia/Yekaterinburg, 
  • Asia/Omsk, 
  • Asia/Novosibirsk , 
  • Asia/Krasnoyarsk, 
  • Asia/Irkutsk,  
  • Asia/Yakutsk, 
  • Asia/Vladivostok, 
  • Asia/Magadan, 
  • Asia/Sakhalin, 
  • Europe/Kaliningrad, 
  • Europe/Moscow, 
  • Europe/Simferopol, 
  • Europe/Volgograd, 
  • Egypt, 
  • ROC, 
  • W-SU.

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

Critical Patch Update for July 2014 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2014 was released on July 15, 2014.  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:

  • October 14, 2014
  • January 13, 2015
  • April 14, 2015
  • July 14, 2015
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Monday Jun 30, 2014

Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite

We produce new EBS releases, major updates, Family Packs, and over 150 new certified EBS configurations each year.  It can be difficult to track and implement all of these changes.  With so many potential upgrades, what is the best way of keeping your EBS environment up-to-date?

We're very pleased to let you know about a new webcast and Note that can be used together to help you create a maintenance strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite.

1.  Webcast: "Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite"

The recorded webcast, Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite,  features techniques Applications DBAs can use to proactively maintain their Oracle E-Business Suite environment. This webcast covers EBS 12.1 and 12.2 and is intended for EBS architects, managers, and system administrators.

Use the following link to view the webcast:

The webcast starts with a practical approach for defining an EBS maintenance strategy. It then moves to a detailed discussion of tools and approaches for maintaining EBS environments.

Topics include patching shortcuts, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, shared file systems, avoiding resource bottlenecks, and more.

2. Note: "How to find EBS patches"

It can be tricky to find the right EBS product-level and technology stack patches that are needed for your environment. This newly published MOS note can help:

This companion Note guides you through the resources that you can use to create your EBS maintenance strategy.


Next Steps

Now that you know about the recorded webcast and MOS note 1633974.2, what should you do next?

  1. Schedule time to view the webcast, ideally with colleagues in your organization who help plan, deploy, and maintain your EBS environments.
  2. After viewing the recording, work with your colleagues to create a maintenance strategy for your Oracle E-Business Suite environment.
  3. As you execute your maintenance strategy, use the Note to find the latest updates for your environment.
Your feedback is welcome

We are very interested in hearing about your experiences with maintaining your EBS environments using these new resources. You can post your comments here or send me an email.

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Thursday Jun 19, 2014

Latest DSTv22 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 12.0 or 12.1 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in July 2013 and released as DSTv20.

DSTv22 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and 12.1. The DSTv22 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2014c and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

This update also includes new DST timezone definitions for Egypt for May and August 2014.

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv22 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv22 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv20 release:

  •  Africa/Cairo,
  • Africa/Tripoli,
  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • Africa/El_Aaiun,
  • America/Havana,
  • America/Araguaina,
  • America/Porto_Acre,
  • America/Eirunepe,
  • Asia/Jerusalem,
  • Asia/Amman,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Hebron,
  • Europe/Istanbul,
  • Europe/Kiev,
  • Europe/Simferopol,
  • Pacific/Fiji,
  • Egypt,
  • Libya,
  • Cuba,
  • Brazil/Acre,
  • Asia/Tel_Aviv,
  • Turkey,
  • America/Rio_Branco,
  • Israel,
  • Asia/Istanbul

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

Critical Patch Update for April 2014 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2014 was released on April 15, 2014.  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:

  • July 15, 2014
  • October 14, 2014
  • January 13, 2015
  • April 14, 2015
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

Critical Patch Update for January 2014 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2014 was released on January 14, 2014.  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 15, 2014
  • July 15, 2014
  • October 14, 2014
  • January 13, 2015
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

Critical Patch Update for October 2013 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2013 was released on October 15, 2013. 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:

  • January 14, 2014
  • April 15, 2014
  • July 15, 2014
  • October 14, 2013
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

Critical Patch Update for July 2013 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2013 was released on July 16, 2013. 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:

  • October 15, 2013
  • January 14, 2014
  • April 15, 2014
  • July 15, 2014
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

Latest DSTv20 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, or 12.1 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in January 2013 and released as DSTv19.

DSTv20 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1. The DSTv20 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012j and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv20 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv20 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv19 release:

  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • America/Port-au-Prince,
  • America/Santiago,
  • America/Asuncion,
  • Antarctica/Palmer,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Hebron,
  • Pacific/Easter,
  • Chile/Continental,
  • Chile/EasterIsland

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:


Monday Jan 28, 2013

Latest DSTv19 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in July 2012 and released as DSTv18.

DSTv19 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. The DSTv19 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012j and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv19 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv19 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv18 release:

  • Africa/Tripoli,
  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • America/Bahia,
  • America/Havana,
  • America/Araguaina,
  • Asia/Jerusalem,
  • Asia/Amman,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Hebron,
  • Pacific/Fiji,
  • Pacific/Apia,
  • Pacific/Fakaofo,
  • Libya,
  • Cuba,
  • Asia/Tel_Aviv,
  • Israel

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:


    Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

    Critical Patch Update for January 2013 Now Available

    The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2013 was released on January 15, 2013. 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 16, 2013
    • July 16, 2013
    • October 15, 2013
    • January 14, 2014
    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Monday Oct 29, 2012

    Critical Patch Updates During EBS 11i Exception to Sustaining Support Period

    As previously blogged in the EBS 11i and 12.1 Support Timeline Changes entry, two important changes to the Oracle Lifetime Support policies were announced at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 - San Francisco.  These changes affect E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12.1.

    Timeline showing updated EBS Support dates

    Critical Patch Updates for EBS 11i during the Exception to Sustaining Support Period

    You may be wondering about the availability of Critical Patch Updates (CPU) for EBS 11i during the Exception to Sustaining Support period.  The following details the E-Business Suite Critical Patch Update support policy for EBS 11i during the Exception to Sustaining Support period:

    • Oracle will continue to provide CPUs containing critical security fixes for E-Business Suite 11i. 
    • CPUs will be packaged and released as as cumulative patches for both ATG RUP 6 and ATG RUP 7.
    • As always, we try to minimize the number of patches and dependencies required for uptake of a CPU; however, there have been quite a few changes to the 11i baseline since its release.  For dependency reasons the 11i CPUs may require a higher number of files in order to bring them up to a consistent, stable, and well tested level.
    • EBS 11i customer will continue to receive CPUs up to and including the October 2014 CPU.

    Where can I learn more?

    There are two interlocking policies that affect the E-Business Suite:  Oracle's Lifetime Support policies for each EBS release (timelines which were updated by this announcement), and the Error Correction Support policies (which state the minimum baselines for new patches).

    For more information about how these policies interact, see:

    What about E-Business Suite technology stack components?

    Things get more complicated when one considers individual techstack components such as Oracle Forms or the Oracle Database.  To learn more about the interlocking EBS+techstack component support windows, see these two articles:

    Where can I learn more about Critical Patch Updates?

    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. 

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    Wednesday Oct 17, 2012

    Critical Patch Update for October 2012 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2012 was released on October 16, 2012. 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:

    • January 15, 2013
    • April 16, 2013
    • July 16, 2013
    • October 15, 2013
    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Thursday Jul 19, 2012

    Latest DSTv18 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite R12

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in October 2011 and released as DSTv17.

    DSTv18 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. The DSTv18 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012c. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    The latest DSTv18 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv18 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv17 release:

    • Africa/Casablanca,
    • America/Bahia,
    • America/Havana,
    • America/Port-au-Prince,
    • America/Santiago,
    • America/Blanc-Sablon,
    • Antarctica/Casey,
    • Antarctica/Davis,
    • Antarctica/Palmer,
    • Asia/Yerevan,
    • Asia/Gaza,
    • Asia/Damascus,
    • Atlantic/Stanley,
    • Europe/Minsk,
    • Pacific/Easter,
    • Pacific/Fiji,
    • Pacific/Fakaofo,
    • Cuba,
    • Chile/Continental,
    • Chile/EasterIsland

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

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    Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

    Critical Patch Update for July 2012 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2012 was released on July 17, 2012. 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:

    • October 16, 2012
    • January 15, 2013
    • April 16, 2013
    • July 16, 2013
    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Tuesday Apr 17, 2012

    Critical Patch Update for April 2012 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2012 was released on April 17, 2012. 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:

    • July 17, 2012
    • October 16, 2012
    • January 15, 2013
    • April 16, 2013
    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Thursday Mar 15, 2012

    Identifying the Latest Family Packs for Oracle E-Business Suite

    It's important to ensure that your E-Business Suite environment is kept current, but it can be tricky to identify the latest product-level Family Packs that have been released.  You might need to identify the latest Family Pack updates available for an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or R11i environment when performing one of the following tasks:

    • Researching the latest functionality available
    • Implementing a new module
    • Planning an upgrade to your Oracle E-Business Suite environment
    Two useful links are available on My Oracle Support that provide a listing of packs  for an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or R11i environment.  To navigate to a listing of packs, first login to My Oracle Support.  Once logged in, navigate to the Patches & Updates tab:


    Once on the Patches & Updates section, navigate to the Patching Quick Links region.  This region contains links to Latest R12 Packs and Latest R11i Packs:



    After clicking one of the links for either R12 or R11i packs, you will be directed to a new screen that displays all available packs for the selected version.  Here's an example of the screen displayed upon clicking the Latest R12 Packs link (naturally, the actual Family Pack references may change over time):



    Note that for R12, the listing displayed is the latest packs available for the most current release of R12.  Currently, this is Release 12.1.3.  For Release 11i, the listing displayed is for the most current release of R11i., 11.5.10.  

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    Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

    Critical Patch Update for January 2012 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2012 was released on January 17, 2012. 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 17, 2012
    • July 17, 2012
    • October 16, 2012
    • January 15, 2013

    Friday Jan 06, 2012

    Enabling Case-Sensitive Passwords with E-Business Release 12

    Password security and complexity is often a concern for security and audit teams.  With the recent release of patch 12964564, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 with a minimum database level of 11gR1 now supports password case sensitivity.  Let's review this database feature in greater detail.  

    Password case sensitivity was introduced with Oracle Database 11gR1.  Passwords were not case sensitive in earlier versions.  For Oracle database versions prior to 11gR1, the passwords "Manager", "MANAGER", and "manager" were all equivalent.  In an 11gR1 database and higher with password case sensitivity turned on, each of these passwords, "Manager", "MANAGER" and "manager" are unique passwords with unique hash values.  

    Password case sensitivity is turned on by default for any newly created 11gR1 or higher database .  The database parameter for this feature is SEC_CASE_SENSITIVE_LOGON:

    • When this parameter is set to TRUE, password case sensitivity is enabled.
    • When set to FALSE, it is disabled.  
    The DBA_USERS view now has a PASSWORD_VERSIONS column that indicates the database release in which the password was created or last modified. 

    If you have migrated from a prior database version to 11gR1 and SEC_CASE_SENSITIVE_LOGON is set to true, the default behavior is as follows:
    • Existing users must first initiate a password change for password case sensitivity to be enforced
    • New users created in the 11g database will automatically use password case sensitivity 

    The following example on a generic database -- not an E-Business Suite database -- illustrates how the password case sensitivity feature works in 11g.

    First, a new user, "newuser1",  is created in an 11g database.

    Next, information from the DBA_USERS view is displayed.

    The following shows behavior of a migrated 10g user, "system" and an newly created 11g user, "newuser1" when password case sensitivity is disabled.

    Finally, the following  shows behavior of a migrated 10g user, "system" and an newly created 11g user, "newuser1" when password case sensitivity is enabled.


    For instructions on how to enable password case sensitivity with EBS R12.1.1 running on the 11gR1 Database and higher, please refer to the following MOS documentation:

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    Saturday Oct 22, 2011

    Latest DSTv17 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite R11i

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. 

    DSTv17 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i. The DSTv17 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2011j. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    For more details about the timezones affected by the DSTv17 update, see:

    Wednesday Oct 19, 2011

    Critical Patch Update for October 2011 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2011 was released on October 18, 2011. 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:

    • January 17, 2012
    • April 17, 2012
    • July 17, 2012
    • October 16, 2012

    Monday Oct 17, 2011

    Latest DSTv16 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 11i

    Hourglass iconWe announced the certification of the DSTv16 update with E-Business Suite 12 last August.  The second part of that certification with EBS 11i is now available. The DSTv16 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2011g.

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    For more details about the timezones affected by the DSTv16 update, see:

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    Friday Oct 14, 2011

    Latest DSTv17 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite R12

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in August 2011 and released as DSTv16.

    DSTv17 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. The DSTv17 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2011j. 

    DSTv17 is an interim release.  Its primary purpose is to include the new DST rules for Russia which take effect from 30th October 2011.  At this time the clocks will not move back one hour but will remain on "summer time" instead.

    Patches for this release are available on a request-only basis.  If you require this patch for your operating system/patch configuration, you must request it explicitly from Oracle Support.

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    We last discussed the DSTv16 patches on this blog. The latest DSTv17 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv17 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv16 release:

    • Africa/Nairobi,
    • Africa/Dar_es_Salaam,
    • Africa/Kampala,
    • America/St_Johns,
    • America/Goose_Bay,
    • America/Resolute,
    • Asia/Yekaterinburg,
    • Asia/Omsk,
    • Asia/Novosibirsk,
    • Asia/Krasnoyarsk,
    • Asia/Irkutsk,
    • Asia/Yakutsk,
    • Asia/Vladivostok,
    • Asia/Magadan,
    • Asia/Kamchatka,
    • Asia/Anadyr,
    • Asia/Sakhalin,
    • America/Metlakatla,
    • Europe/Kaliningrad,
    • Europe/Moscow,
    • Europe/Samara,
    • Europe/Volgograd,
    • Pacific/Apia,
    • Canada/Newfoundland,
    • W-SU

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    What happened to EBS 11i?

    The certification of DST v17 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is still in progress.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates. You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

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    Tuesday Aug 09, 2011

    Latest DSTv16 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite R12

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in January 2011 and released as DSTv15.

    DSTv16 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. The DSTv16 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2011g. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    We last discussed the DSTv15 patches on this blog. The latest DSTv16 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv16 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv15 release:

    • Africa/Cairo
    • Africa/Casablanca
    • America/Juneau
    • America/Havana
    • America/Santiago
    • Asia/Amman
    • Atlantic/Stanley
    • Europe/Istanbul
    • Pacific/Honolulu
    • Pacific/Easter
    • Pacific/Apia
    • Egypt
    • Cuba
    • Chile/Continental
    • Turkey
    • US/Hawaii
    • Chile/EasterIsland
    • Asia/Istanbul

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    What happened to EBS 11i?

    The certification of DST v16 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is still in progress.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates. You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

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    Wednesday Jul 20, 2011

    Critical Patch Update for July 2011 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2011 was released on July 19, 2011. 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:

    • October 18, 2011
    • January 17, 2012
    • April 17, 2012
    • July 17, 2012

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