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This is the weblog for Pete Finnigan. Pete works in the area of Oracle security and he specialises in auditing Oracle databases for security issues. This weblog is aimed squarely at those interested in the security of their Oracle databases.

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Oracle will improve the CPU documentation with the Oct 17th 2006 CPU

Eric Maurice has today announced that Oracle will make some significant changes to the CPU documentation that will be released with the Oct 17th CPU. His post is titled "Changes Introduced With October 17th Critical Patch Update". The key changes quoted from Eric's post are:

"1 - Oracle is adopting the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)
2 - Oracle will specifically identify those critical vulnerabilities that may be remotely exploitable without requiring authentication to the targeted system.
3 - Oracle will provide an executive summary of the security vulnerabilities addressed in the CPU."

Oracle will explicitley identify any vulnerabilities fixed that can be remotely exploited without authentication. They will also include a plain English explanation of the vulnerabilities fixed in each CPU.

This is great news for Oracle customers and will hopefully enable more people to decide what is critical and also what needs to be patched.

Oracle are continuing to make great strides in the right direction, well done to Mary Ann and her team for helping customers.