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Oracle releases delayed Windows database patch

Apr 20, 20071 min
Business Continuity

Oracle probably worried some DBAs earlier this week when it released its Critical Patch Update, but  neglected to patch its most critical database flaw of the quarter for users on the Windows platform. At the time, Oracle said this fix would come on April 30, but now it looks like Oracle has found a way to get the patch out.

Oracle’s Eric Maurice made the announcement on Friday afternoon. So if you’re running Oracle Database Server on Windows you can rest a bit easier… once you’ve finished testing. 🙂

Turns out that security researcher David Litchfield first discussed this flaw in November 2005. After Oracle released its Critical Patch Update this week, he published this research note, discussing this and a few other flaws that were patched this month. He says he first reported the bug to Oracle in 2002.

-Robert McMillan