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Critical Patch Update for April 2016 Now Available

Robert Farrington
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The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2016 was released on April 19, 2016.  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 19, 2016
  • October 18, 2016
  • January 17, 2017
  • April 18, 2017

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Comments ( 9 )
  • Michael Brown Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The Database group (at least the upgrade team) has indicated that BPs are the preferred patches going forward since they will contain optimizer fixes. What is the recommendation as far as using Database Proactive Bundle Patches instead of PSUs with 12.1.0.2?


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Hello, Michael,

    EBS customers can choose to apply Patch Set Updates or Bundle Patches (aka "Proactive Bundle Patches").

    More-conservative EBS customers may choose to use Patch Set Updates since they do not include optimizer changes.

    EBS customers interested in the fixes included in the Bundle Patches may choose to apply those, with the understanding that anything that changes the optimizer may require additional testing with the customer's own database. This is particularly true for customers with large databases and customizations that may be sensitive to performance characteristics.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Michael Monday, June 6, 2016

    Do you know when PR-5982 and PR-6004 will be available? We are in the process of upgrading to Oracle EBS 12.2.5 and have been waiting for these patches to be able to continue. Our maintenance window is closing soon and we will be forced to abandon the upgrade. Our SR is not getting any attention from Oracle Support.

    Thank You,

    Michael


  • Steven Chan Monday, June 6, 2016

    Hello, Michael,

    I'm afraid I don't know what those two numbers refer to. Can you clarify?

    If your Service Request is stuck for some reason, I would recommend calling Oracle Support and asking to speak to the Duty Manager. He or she can escalate your SR for you.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Michael Monday, June 6, 2016

    PR-5982 and PR-6004 are conflict patches identified by the "Analyze with OPatch" tool on Metalink.

    We did call the Duty Manager last week.

    Thank You,

    Michael


  • Steven Chan Monday, June 6, 2016

    Hello, Michael,

    Thanks for clarifying that. I'm afraid that I don't have any visibility into the release process for conflict patches. I would recommend continuing to escalate your SR to ensure that this is routed to the appropriate release teams.

    If you send me your SR number, I can also independently escalate this through my own EBS support channels.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Michael Monday, June 6, 2016

    Thank You, our SR is 3-12579617791. We will continue to reach out to Oracle Support Duty Manager to get this resolved.

    Thank You,

    Michael


  • Steven Chan Monday, June 6, 2016

    Hello, Michael,

    I am dismayed to see that you have been waiting for these patches for two months. I have just escalated this on the EBS support side for you.

    Please monitor your SR for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Steven Chan Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Hello, Michael,

    In case you haven't already been notified via your SR: I understand that the CPU conflict patch that you've been waiting for was just released.

    My apologies, once again, for the delay. Please let me know if there's anything else that I can do to help with your upgrade.

    Regards,

    Steven


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