Last Updated: 2011-01-18 21:17:51 UTC
by Daniel Wesemann (Version: 2)
Today, Oracle will release its quarterly patch bundle ("Jan2011 CPU"). The pre-announcement is already out, and it promises quite some "entertainment" for DBAs and Middleware Admins for the next couple weeks. One thing that certainly stands out from the list is the vulnerability in Oracle Audit Vault with a CVSS score of 10.0, apparently remotely exploitable without authentication. Always disappointing when a so-called security component makes the system actually more vulnerable.
We'll update this diary later, once the full information becomes available.
Update 2105 UTC: The full advisory is now out, see www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujan2011-194091.html. In addition to the already mentioned Audit Vault vulnerability, other notable problems include vulnerabilities in Oracle Fusion Middleware, a remotely exploitable hole in Sun Solaris CDE Calendar Manager Service, and also a serious problem in the PowerPoint parser for OpenOffice.
Given the long list, it stands to hope that Oracle took the time to properly check the patches for compatibility with each other, as well as with their other product lines.