Get Ready For BIG Patch Tuesday!

Next Tuesday looks to be another busy one as Microsoft and Oracle ratchet up the patch engine.  October tends to be a high volume month, as we approach the holiday/vacation season. 

October 12th looks set to produce a record number of security update bulletins.  An estimated 16 Microsoft bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilites and Oracle issues 81 patches.  Detailed information can be found in the advance notification bulletins.

Executive Summary:

  • 16 Microsoft patches:
    • 12 updates for multiple Windows versions, including 3 critical
    • 1 important update exclusive to Windows servers
    • 1 critical update for IE
    • 2 important updates for Office
  • 81 Oracle patches:
    • 7 updates for Oracle Database components:
      • Change Data Capture
      • Core RDBMS
      • EM DB Control
      • Java Virtual Machine
      • Job Queue
      • OLAP
      • Perl
      • XDK
    • 1 Java JRE update
    • 8 security updates for Oracle Fusion Middleware components:
      • BI Publisher
      • BPEL Console
      • Cabo/UIX
      • Forms
      • OID
      • Perl
    • 33 new Security updates for Oracle Applications:
    • 1 security update for Oracle Primavera Products Suite.
    • 31 security updates for Oracle Sun Products Suite:
      • Directory Server Enterprise Edition
      • Open Solaris
      • Oracle Communications Messaging Server
      • Oracle Explorer
      • Solaris
      • Sun Convergence
      • Sun iPlanet Web Server
      • Sun Java System Identity Manager
      • StarOffice, StarSuite

If you are responsible for testing and deploying these updates, lay off the turkey and get some sleep this weekend.  It will be a busy couple of weeks ahead!