Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hundreds of issues resolved on Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday hit the headlines this week as Oracle and Microsoft both issued huge security updates. Oracle announced it would be tackling no less than 81 flaws across Oracle database, Peoplesoft CRM, E-business Suite and Fusion Middleware to name but a few – affecting hundreds of software offerings (Oracle and Sun).

Microsoft has never had a patch update so big with 49 issues to be looked at – by end day on Patch Tuesday security problems with Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Server software and Office should have been dealt with.

Adobe joined the Patch party with 23 weaknesses made safe, whilst the security firm, Symantec took the opportunity to launch Ubiquity - malware detection software, designed to increase protection for enterprises from the moment it is installed. They also launched Hosted End Point Protection– giving smaller businesses the opportunity to look to the cloud for protection and leave the hardware and software worries behind.

On going security issues are positive as RIM finally succeeded in appeasing the United Arab Emirates and so avoided a Blackberry ban.

On a rather more worrying note, the Iranian authorities claim to have made arrests after access to its nuclear command and control systems were threatened recently. The media in Iran claim the creators of the virus are already making superior versions of the malware code. Anyone got a patch strong enough for this security issue?

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