Tuesday, October 14, 2008

When Microsoft meets Oracle

Microsoft meets OracleToday is the scheduled monthly patches (Black Tuesday) for Microsoft. Coincidentally, it collided with Oracle quarterly patches. When two software giants patch cycles meets, it will be only be more work and headache for the administrators.

Microsoft Patches
There are 11 patches released by Microsoft. 4 are Critical, 6 are Important and 1 is moderate rating. Those patches covers products from Windows OS, IE to Office.

For more information, visit the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2008 website.

Oracle Patches
There are 36 patches released by Oracle. It covers product ranging from Database, Application Server, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft to BEA. DBA and System admin are advise to review the patches and their CVSS* scoring before patching.

For more information, visit the Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - October 2008 website

We are likely to see the re-occurrence of this patch collision on their next scheduled release on January 13th, 2009.

*CVSS - Common Vulnerability Scoring System an open framework for communicating the characteristics and impacts of IT vulnerabilities.

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