Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Pete Finnigan's Oracle security weblog

Pete Finnigan's Blog just mentioned the fact that the Latest Oracle CPU(Critical Patch Update)  is out.

one quote i found really interesting in the article was  the fact that they had broken up the patches into molecules.


"The napply CPU is an enhanced CPU format for Oracle Database Server for Unix and Linux platforms version and onward (including and 11g). In a napply CPU, the security fixes are now grouped in what are called molecules. Each molecule in the CPU is independent, and does not conflict with other molecules in the CPU. Conflicts between molecules occur when fixes included respectively in each molecule affect the same file or group of files."

Which also goes on to say that OPatch will have  a new parameter ?-skip_duplicate to only apply new patches thus limiting the amount of change to the system. 

I dod agree with Pete this will relieve a lot of anxiety and make people apply the patches with more confidence. As to How it works the first time we have yet to see.

Thanks Pete for  the excellent summary of the CPU as usual.

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