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PeopleTools CPU analysis and supported versions of PeopleTools (update for October 2015 CPU)

Wed, 2015-11-18 14:30

Questions often arise on the PeopleTools versions for which Critical Patch Updates have been published, or if a particular PeopleTools version is supported. 

The attached page shows the patch number for PeopleTools versions associated with a particular CPU publication. This information will help you decide which CPU to apply and when to consider upgrading to a more current release.

The link in "CPU Date" goes to the landing page for CPU advisories, the link in the individual date, e.g. Apr-10, goes to the advisory for that date.

The page also shows the CVE's addressed in the CPU, a synopsis of the issue and the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) value.

To find more details on any CVE, simply replace the CVE number in the sample URL below.

Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 2 Calculator

This page shows the components of the CVSS score

Example CVSS response policy

All the details in this page are available on My Oracle Support and public sites.

The RED column indicates the last patch for a PeopleTools version and effectively the last support date for that version.

Applications Unlimited support does NOT apply to PeopleTools versions.

PeopleSoft Information Portal--New and Improved!

Tue, 2015-11-17 17:01

The PeopleSoft Info Portal is a popular one-stop shop for getting at everything PeopleSoft. If you are looking for information on PeopleSoft and wondering where to begin, that is often the best place to start. It's an easy name to remember: The new site is responsive, so you can access it from any form factor.  If you have any questions or want to find out what's new, what's coming in the future, where to learn more--try the PeopleSoft Information Portal.

Cryptowall, USB's, emailed malware and "honor among thieves"

Mon, 2015-11-02 02:23

 I'm sure many of you have heard recently of the rising prevalence of ransomware, particularly Cryptolock/Cryptowall and the growing prominence of walk-in Bitcoin exchanges and Buttonwood meetups.

 Cryptowall is a case in point of the malware. Spread mainly by infected email and "found" or shared USB memory sticks.

What is CryptoWall?

What is CryptoWall?
The CryptoWall ransomware virus infiltrates users' operating systems via infected email messages and fake downloads (for example, rogue video players or fake Flash updates). After successful infiltration, this malicious program encrypts files stored on users' computers (*.doc, *.docx, *.xls, *.ppt, *.psd, *.pdf, *.eps, *.ai, *.cdr, *.jpg, etc.) and demands payment of a $500 ransom (in Bitcoins) to decrypt them. Cyber criminals responsible for releasing this rogue program, ensure that it executes on all Windows versions (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8). CryptoWall ransomware creates HELP_DECRYPT.PNG, HELP_DECRYPT.HTML and HELP_DECRYPT.TXT files within each folder containing the encrypted files.

"Note that at time of writing, there were no known tools capable of decrypting files encrypted by CryptoWall without paying the ransom." 12 September 2015 

There is generally no good business reason why typical corporate workstation/laptop users should:
- have local administrator access
- have enabled USB ports
- need to open office productivity tools documents containing macros

These features should be disabled.

My "honor among thieves" statement relates to the tendency, as observed, that payment of the "ransom" in Bitcoins has been the only current successful way of retrieving the encrypted data/disks. The alternative is frequent backups.

Attending OpenWorld? Come and say HI!

Fri, 2015-10-23 15:09

We’re ready, are you??  As you plan your schedule for next week, please be sure to stop by PeopleTools booths at the Demogrounds area in Moscone West, first floor. The Demogrounds will be open Monday through Wednesday, and you’ll find us in 3 pods in section 3155. Rumor has it that we’re back in the far corner to attract traffic throughout the entire vendor fair. Do you have questions about Selective Adoption? The Fluid UI? PeopleSoft on the Cloud? Be sure to stop by.

We’ll also have our PeopleTools experts available to chat with you in the Meet the Experts hall on Wednesday at 1:45 - stop by Moscone West 3001A and get answers to your questions. We’re not trying to put the Support Center out of business, so DON’T bring your list of open SRs…but if you have some things you’ve been wondering about, run them past us - we’ll share our thoughts.

See you next week!

Oracle Open World Less Than A Week Away!

Mon, 2015-10-19 12:40

Open World is Oracle's biggest and most important conference, and PeopleSoft/PeopleTools is well-represented again this year. The PeopleTools tech team is presenting many sessions on topics that we think you will find interesting and informative.  (This optimism is born out by the pre-registration numbers for the Tech sessions.)  Come visit us in the PeopleTools demo pods as well. 

We hope you will be attending Open World '15, and if you do, please consider coming to see us at these sessions:

SESSION TITLE DATE / TIME LOCATION CON8596 PeopleSoft Developer: Tips and Techniques Monday, Oct 26
12:15 MW 3007 CON8203 Using PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface for Exceptional HR Self-Service Tuesday, Oct 27
11:00 Palace - Twin Peaks S CON8585 PeopleSoft Technology Update Tuesday, Oct 27
4:00 MW 2008 CON8587 PeopleSoft’s User Experience Roadmap: It Is PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Tuesday, Oct27
5:15 MW 3016 CON8598 Develop an Effective PeopleSoft Selective Adoption Strategy Wednesday, Oct 28
11:00 MW 3016 CON8591 PeopleSoft in the Cloud: PeopleSoft’s Cloud Deployment Architecture Wednesday, Oct 28
12:15 MW 3014 CON8600 Customer View: Adapting to Take Advantage of PeopleSoft Wednesday, Oct 28
3:00 MW 3016 CON8595 Putting It to Work: PeopleSoft Automated Configuration Manager Wednesday, Oct 28
3:00 MW 3014 CON8593 PeopleTools Security Features Wednesday, Oct 28
4:15 MW 3016 CON8592 Simplified Analytics: The Latest Generation of PeopleSoft Reporting Wednesday, Oct 28
4:15 MW 3014 CON8204 How to Make the Most of the PeopleSoft Selective Adoption Model Wednesday, Oct 28
4:15 Palace - Twin Peaks N CON8602 PeopleTools Platform and Infrastructure Roadmap Thursday, Oct 29
9:30 MW 3016 CON8599 Putting It to Work: Rolling Out PeopleSoft’s Suite of Lifecycle Management Tools Thursday, Oct 29
10:45 MW 3016 CON8589 Putting It to Work: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Component Thursday, Oct 29
12:00 MW 3014 CON8588 Simplifying Complex Processes with New PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Activity Guides Thursday, Oct 29
10:45 MW 3014 CON8594 Putting It to Work: Securing Your PeopleSoft Environment Thursday, Oct 29
12:00 MW 3016 CON8586 PeopleSoft Technology: Executive Panel Thursday, Oct 29
1:15 MW 3014 CON8590 Putting It to Work: Configuring a PeopleSoft Applications Cluster Thursday, Oct 29
2:30 MW 3014 CON8601 Putting It to Work: Getting the Most Out of PeopleSoft RESTful Services Thursday, Oct 29
2:30 MW 3016

Fluid Navigtion Design Guidelines Available

Fri, 2015-10-16 16:49

Many customers have asked us about guidance for developing in PeopleSoft's Fluid User Interface.  To address that, PeopleSoft's Information Development team has recently published a new guide for designing navigation in Fluid.  The way users navigate in the Fluid UI is quite different (and more efficient) than in classic PeopleSoft pages.  The new guidelines are available here.

The guidelines cover the philosophy of Fluid navigation focusing on the following:

  • Multiple paths for users to access functionality.
  • Users’ ability to choose the path that is most effective for them.
  • Use of Related Actions to make navigation work across all paths.

Classic PIA navigation uses a locator link (“breadcrumb”) menu with a deep menu hierarchy. Fluid navigation takes an entirely different approach, using homepages and tiles as the starting points for navigating to both Fluid and Classic pages. Further navigation to Fluid and Classic transactions is achieved through a variety of vectors like the Nav Bar, Related Actions, Search, and more.  The following 'how-to' topics are covered:

  • Create new homepages.
  • Add tiles to homepages via the Tile Repository.
  • Add a component tile to any homepage from within the component.
  • Add tiles to the NavBar.
  • Reorder tiles in the NavBar.
  • Add favorite components to My Favorites in the NavBar

In addition, we've published a Fluid UI documentation update, that covers troubleshooting, clarifications to official product docs, updates, and significantly, guides on the CCS that PeopleSoft uses to develop our applications.

New PeopleTalk on Security

Fri, 2015-10-16 16:15

So it looks like I've gone mainstream!

I had the opportunity to have a talk with Marc Weintraub which has been posted on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel, here:

In this episode of PeopleSoft Talk, Marc talks with Greg Kelly about PeopleSoft security.

Don't forget to review the links in the associated My Oracle Support document:
My Oracle Support - Useful PeopleSoft Security Links: DocID 2060772.1


See other videos on the PeopleSoft channel


Accessibility Guide Updated

Fri, 2015-10-16 11:38

We've updated the PeopleSoft Accessibility Guidelines for 8.54.  This guide is for people developing using PeopleTools, who want to insure that their designs conform to current accessibility standards.  The PeopleSoft Applications development teams employ these same guidelines.  You can download them from My Oracle Support:   This document applies to the new Fluid User Interface.

PeopleSoft publishes our VPATs (accessibility conformance declarations) here.

General accessibility guidelines for PeopleSoft are documented here.

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