Yesterday, Oracle released its quarterly security patches and what a record breaking CPU it was! With close to 300 published patches, this marks the highest number of patches released to date for any CPU. This further validates the trend we have seen in previous CPU’s which is to correct more vulnerabilities in Oracle products due to increased research submissions targeting different Oracle products.
In this month's post we will analyze the January 2017 Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) and how it relates to Oracle Business Critical Applications. This CPU is special because the number of vulnerabilities fixed sets a new record for the amount of vulnerabilities fixed in a single CPU for Business Critical Applications. At Onapsis, we believe there are two main factors that contribute to this record breaking number of vulnerabilities in a single CPU. These two factors are the Researchers and of course, Oracle itself.
As a company, Onapsis is focused on securing business-critical applications such as SAP and Oracle. An important part of our research relies on identifying, and reporting on critical vulnerabilities in Oracle business applications in order to help Oracle customers reduce the risk to their organization.
As a company, Onapsis is focused on the security of business-critical applications such as SAP and Oracle. While our focus is on SAP applications, we have been doing research on Oracle business applications as well, identifying and reporting critical vulnerabilities. In this sense, Oracle is different from SAP, specifically with the way and timing that security patches are released and available to end users.
SAP has its own specific JAVA virtual machine implementation called SAPJVM, which according to SAP documentation: "...is derived from Sun’s HotSpot VM and JDK implementation ... the SAP JVM is only targeting server-side applications. Certain features related to client environments are intentionally omitted or are not supported for general use.".
As a company, Onapsis is focused on the security of business-critical applications such as SAP and Oracle. While our focus has been on SAP applications, we have also been actively researching, identifying and reporting critical vulnerabilities facing Oracle business applications. In this sense, Oracle is different from SAP, specifically in the way and timing that security patches are released and available to end users. In this post, I will go through an analysis of Oracle's January 2015 Critical Patch Update (aka CPU).