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Oracle Issues Patches, but Misses the Mark, Again

Although nearly 50 vulnerabilities were fixed with Oracle’s most recent quarterly patches, experts are saying that numerous critical issues haven’t been addressed at all.

Pete Finnegan, renowned Oracle security expert asks “Where are the large numbers of fixes expected? Alex Kornbrust and Esteban Martinez Fayo have big lists of bugs, some reported over 18 months ago, some high risk, that have still not been fixed. Will Oracle never get around to fixing these bugs?”

Oracle Update Fixes Security Flaws

Oracle has released a new critical patch with several vulnerabilities simultaneously announced and fixed. Various versions of Oracle products, including its database, application server and 11i E-Business Suite, are part of this latest update.

Oracle to Overhaul Pricing

In an effort to consolidate the various pricing schemes inherited with its recent acquisitions, Oracle will be redefining its licensing models. According to Oracle president Charles Phillips, the company is using customer feedback to explore different approaches to selling its software.

Oracle Announces General Availability of Oracle Database 10g

Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle Database 10g Release 2, which delivers a more robust implementation of the Oracle Database 10g Release 1 feature set. The new release adds compelling improvements in performance, availability, manageability and security to assist customers and partners in achieving a higher quality of service, while reducing the cost and complexity of information management.

Oracle Confirms Licensing Change For Multi-Core Chips

Oracle has now confirmed that as of July 8, each core of the new multi-core processors from AMD and Intel will be licensed as if it were 75 percent of a CPU. Still, many in the industry feel it isn’t enough. Ron Zapar, CEO of Oracle partner Re-quest has been getting substantial pushback from his customers. He says of the new policy “This is a step in the right direction, but they’ll have to do better.”

Oracle Bends A Bit On Multi-Core Licensing

Thus far Oracle has been counting each core as a full processor, but now it will count each core of a multi-core chip as three-quarters of a processor. Both Microsoft and IBM have already made licensing concessions for multi-core chips from both AMD and Intel.

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