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April 2015 Critical Patch Update Released

Tue, 2015-04-14 14:17

Hello, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle today released the April 2015 Critical Patch Update. The predictable nature of the Critical Patch Update program is intended to provide customers the ability to plan for the application of security fixes across all Oracle products. Critical Patch Updates are released quarterly in the months of January, April, July, and October. Unfortunately, Oracle continues to periodically receive reports of active exploitation of vulnerabilities that have already been fixed by Oracle in previous Critical Patch Update releases. In some instances, malicious attacks have been successful because customers failed to apply Critical Patch Updates. The “Critical” in the designation of the Critical Patch Update program is intended to highlight the importance of the fixes distributed through the program. Oracle highly recommends that customers apply these Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible. Note that Critical Patch Updates are cumulative for most Oracle products. As a result, the application of the most recent Critical Patch Update brings customers to the most recent security release, and addresses all previously-addressed security flaws for these products. The Critical Patch Update release schedule for the next 12 calendar months is published on Oracle’s Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin page on Oracle.com.

The April 2015 Critical Patch Update provides 98 new fixes for security issues across a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Industry Applications, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle MySQL, and Oracle Support Tools.

Out of these 98 new fixes, 4 are for the Oracle Database. None of the database vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication. The most severe of the database vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-0457) has received a CVSS Base Score 9.0 only for Windows for Database versions prior to 12c. This Base Score is 6.5 for Database 12c on Windows and for all versions of Database on Linux, Unix and other platforms. This vulnerability is related to the presence of the Java Virtual Machine in the database.

17 of the vulnerabilities fixed in this Critical Patch Update are for Oracle Fusion Middleware. 12 of these Fusion Middleware vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication, and the highest reported CVSSS Base Score is 10.0. This CVSS10.0 Base Score is for CVE-2015-0235 (a.k.a. GHOST which affects the GNU libc library) affecting the Oracle Exalogic Infrastructure.

This Critical Patch Update also delivers 14 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE. 11 of these Java SE fixes are for client-only (i.e., these vulnerabilities can be exploited only through sandboxed Java Web Start applications and sandboxed Java applets). Two apply to JSSE client and Server deployments and 1 to Java client and Server deployments. The Highest CVSS Base Score reported for these vulnerabilities is 10.0 and this score applies to 3 of the Java vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-0469, CVE-2015-0459, and CVE-2015-0491).

For Oracle Applications, this Critical Patch Update provides 4 new fixes for Oracle E-Business Suite , 7 for Oracle Supply Chain Suite, 6 for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, 1 for Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, 1 for Oracle Siebel CRM, 2 for the Oracle Commerce Platform, and 2 for Oracle Retail Industry Suite, and 1 for Oracle Health Sciences Applications.

Finally, this Critical Patch Update provides 26 new fixes for Oracle MySQL. 4 of the MySQL vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication and the maximum CVSS Base Score for the MySQL vulnerabilities is 10.0.

As stated at the beginning of this blog, Oracle recommends that customers consistently apply Critical Patch Update as soon as possible. The security fixes provided through the Critical Patch Update program are thoroughly tested to ensure that they do not introduce regressions across the Oracle stack. Extensive documentation is available on the My Oracle Support Site and customers are encouraged to contact Oracle Support if they have questions about how to best deploy the fixes provided through the Critical Patch Update program.

For More Information:

The April 2015 Critical Patch Update advisory is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuapr2015-2365600.html

The Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin page is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html

The Oracle Software Security Assurance web site is located at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/assurance/overview/index.html. Oracle’s vulnerability handling policies and practices are described at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/assurance/vulnerability-remediation/introduction/index.html

January 2015 Critical Patch Update Released

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:55

Hi, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle today released the January 2015 Critical Patch Update. This Critical Patch Update provides 169 new fixes for security issues across a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle iLearning, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, and Oracle MySQL.

Out of these 169 vulnerabilities, 8 are for the Oracle Database. None of these database vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication, but a number of these vulnerabilities are relatively severe. The most severe of these database vulnerabilities (CVE-2014-6567) has received a CVSS Base Score of 9.0 to denote that a full compromise of the targeted server is possible on the Windows platform (for versions prior to Database 12c) but requires authentication (The CVSS Base Score for platforms other than Windows and for Database 12C on Windows is 6.5).

One database vulnerability (CVE-2014-6577) received a CVSS Base Score of 6.8. If successfully exploited, vulnerability CVE-2014-6577 can result in a complete confidentiality compromise of the targeted systems on database versions prior to 12c on the Windows platform. The CVSS Base Score for CVE-2014-6577 is 6.5 (the reported confidentiality impact value is "Partial+") for Database 12c on Windows and for all versions of the Database on Linux, Unix and other platforms.

Two database vulnerabilities received a CVSS Base Score of 6.5 (CVE-2014-0373 and CVE-2014-6578). The CVSS Base score of 6.5 for these vulnerabilities along with the Partial+ ratings indicate that a successful compromise of the vulnerabilities could result in a possible compromise of the entire database, but authenticating to the targeted system is required.

Because of the severity of these issues, Oracle highly recommends that this Critical Patch Update be applied against affected systems as soon as possible. As a reminder, the security risk matrices listed on the Critical Patch Update advisory lists the affected versions, and the accompanying patch availability document provides information about how to obtain the appropriate patches.

Note that, as discussed in a previous blog entry by Darius Wiles, the CVSS Special Interest Group has recently published a preview of the upcoming CVSS version 3.0 standard. A major improvement planned for this updated version of CVSS is the addition of a Scope metric that will provide a more generic way to indicate if the impact of a vulnerability extends beyond the component that contains the vulnerability. As a result, this new ‘Scope’ metric will eliminate the need for Oracle to use a Partial+ custom score.

This Critical Patch Update provides 36 new fixes for Oracle Fusion Middleware products. The most severe of these Fusion Middleware vulnerabilities has received a CVSS Base Score of 9.3. Two of the Oracle Fusion Middleware vulnerabilities fixed in this Critical Patch Update can result in a server takeover (CVE-2011-1944 and CVE-2014-0224).

This Critical Patch Update provides a number of security fixes for Oracle Applications, including 10 new fixes for Oracle E-Business Suite, 6 for Oracle Supply Chain Suite, 7 for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, one for Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, 17 for Oracle Siebel CRM, and 2 for Oracle iLearning. Oracle Applications customers should apply these fixes as soon as possible, as well as apply other relevant fixes in the Oracle stack as prescribed in the Critical Patch Update Advisory and associated documentations. It is also very important that application customers remain on actively support versions from Oracle so that they can benefit from Oracle’s ongoing security assurance effort, and continue to get security fixes which are thoroughly tested across the Oracle stack. Customers who have these applications hosted on their behalf should ensure that their service providers apply these patches in a timely fashion upon successful testing.

This Critical Patch Update also provides 29 new security fixes for the Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite. The highest CVSS Base Score reported for these vulnerabilities is 10.0. This vulnerability (CVE-2013-4784) affects XCP Firmware versions prior to XCP 2232. Note that per Oracle’s Lifetime Systems Support Policy; Oracle will no longer systematically assess new security vulnerabilities against Solaris 8 and Solaris 9.

This Critical Patch Update delivers 19 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE. The most severe of these vulnerabilities received a CVSS Base Score of 10.0. This score is reported for 4 distinct Java SE client-only vulnerabilities (CVE-2014-6601; CVE-2015-0412; CVE-2014-6549; and CVE-2015-0408). Out of these 19 vulnerabilities, 15 affect client-only installations, 2 affect client and server installations, and 2 affect JSSE installations. This relatively low historical number for Oracle Java SE fixes reflect the results of Oracle’s strategy for addressing security bugs affecting Java clients and improving security development practices in the Java development organization.

It is very important to note that, with this Critical Patch Update, Oracle will change the behavior of Java SE in regards to SSL. This Critical Patch Update will disable by default the use of SSL version 3.0. SSL v3.0 is widely regarded as an obsolete protocol, and this situation is aggravated by the POODLE vulnerability (CVE-2014-3566). As a result, this protocol is being widely targeted by malicious hackers.

Organizations should disable the use of all versions of SSL as they can no longer rely on SSL to ensure secure communications between systems.

Customers should update their custom code to switch to a more resilient protocol (e.g., TLS 1.2). They should also expect that all versions of SSL be disabled in all Oracle software moving forward. A manual configuration change can allow Java SE clients and server endpoints, which have been updated with this Critical Patch Update, to continue to temporarily use SSL v3.0. However, Oracle strongly recommends organizations to phase out their use of SSL v3.0 as soon as possible.

For More Information:

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujan2015-1972971.html

See Darius Wiles’ blog entry about upcoming changes to the CVSS Standard at https://blogs.oracle.com/security/entry/cvss_version_3_0_preview

CVSS version 3.0 Preview 2

Mon, 2015-01-05 16:48
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Hello, this is Darius Wiles.

Oracle has been using the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) in Critical Patch Update advisories and Security Alerts for over 8 years. CVSS version 2.0 is the current standard, but the CVSS Special Interest Group (SIG), acting on behalf of FIRST, has recently published a preview of the upcoming CVSS version 3.0 standard.

The CVSS version 3.0 preview represents a near final version of the standard and includes metric and vector strings, formula, scoring examples and a calculator. These are all available at the CVSS version 3.0 development site at http://www.first.org/cvss/v3/development. The official public comment period is scheduled to last through February 28, 2015 and we encourage everyone with an interest in CVSS to review the preview and provide feedback to cvss-v3-comments@first.org.

Eric Maurice wrote a blog post a few years ago that explains how Oracle uses CVSS version 2.0, including the reasons Oracle added a Partial+ custom score for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability metrics. A major improvement planned for version 3.0 is the addition of a Scope metric that provides a more generic way to indicate if the impact of a vulnerability extends beyond the component that contains the vulnerability. This new ‘Scope’ metric will eliminate the need for Oracle to use a Partial+ custom score.

The version 2.0 Access Complexity metric was a combination of several concepts, sometimes making it difficult to know which value to assign when some concepts were high risk and some low risk for a given vulnerability. Version 3.0 splits the privileges required by an attacker and whether the attack requires user (victim) interaction into separate, new metrics.

Version 3.0 also clarifies at which stage of an attack a CVSS score should be calculated. Because Version 2.0 did not offer this guidance, it could lead to variations in CVSS scores between organizations. Version 3.0 provides greater clarity by stating, essentially, that a CVSS score should be calculated when the first impact occurs.

This is just a high-level overview of some of the changes, and we've glossed over some important details. We encourage you to take a look at the preview and provide feedback to the SIG before the end of the comment period. We are excited about the planned improvements to version 3.0 and hope to move to the new standard in our alerts and advisories soon after the final standard is published.

For More Information:

The CVSS version 3.0 development site is located at http://www.first.org/cvss/v3/development

Oracle’s use of the CVSS 2.0 Scoring System is explained at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cvssscoringsystem-091884.html