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Oracle Patches Record Number of Vulnerabilities

Oracle’s Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2017 contains 299 fixes, the highest number compared to previous CPUs.

More than half of the vulnerabilities could be remotely exploitable without authentication. 40 of the issues were rated Critical, and 25 had a CVSS score of 10.

Oracle Financial Services Applications was the most affected product, receiving fixes for 47 vulnerabilities this month, with 19 of them rated critical with a CVSS score of 10. Aditionally, 25 of the 47 vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, Oracle’s advisory reveals.

Released this week, Oracle latest CPU addressed vulnerabilities in 25 applications: MySQL and Retail Applications (39 fixes each), Fusion Middleware (31), Sun Systems Products Suite (21), PeopleSoft (16), Virtualization (15), Berkeley DB (14), Support Tools (13), E-Business Suite (11), Communications Applications (11), Java SE (8), Utilities Applications (7), Primavera Products Suite (7), Hospitality Applications (6), Commerce (3), Database Server (2), Enterprise Manager Grid Control (2), and Secure Backup, Hyperion, Supply Chain Products Suite, JD Edwards Products, Siebel CRM, Health Sciences Applications, and Insurance Applications (1 each).

The most important of the addressed issues are related to the Remote Code Execution flaw in Apache Struts 2 that was found last month to be exploited in the wild after someone published a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit. Cisco and VMWare products were impacted as well.

Oracle addressed critical bugs in the Solaris component of Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, MySQL Enterprise Monitor component of Oracle MySQL (Struts 2), Oracle FLEXCUBE Private Banking component of Oracle Financial Services Applications (Struts 2), Oracle Financial Services Asset Liability Management component of Oracle Financial Services Applications (Struts 2), and Oracle Financial Services Data Integration Hub component of Oracle Financial Services Applications (Struts 2).

Over the past several quarters, Oracle has been patching an increasingly higher number of vulnerabilities with each new CPU. With 276 patches, the July 2016 CPU was the first to include over 250 fixes, but the trend continued each quarter since, with 253 flaws addressed in October 2016, and 270 in January 2017.

The trend is expected to continue in the following quarters as well. However, as it usually happens with all software, this doesn’t mean the applications are becoming more vulnerable, but that the researcher community is getting better at finding security issues.

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