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Oracle Gets in the Patch Tuesday Mix

Posted August 14, 2012    Brad Hibbert

While the entire security world looks to Microsoft on Patch Tuesday, we’re also keeping an eye on other critical technology vendors for their vuln announcements as well. Today, as part of our Patch Tuesday audit update, we’ll also be adding two new audits to our Retina scan engine to close a security vulnerability that can enable an attacker to gain control of an Oracle Database Server (CVE-2012-3132). These audits will be available via both  Retina Network Community and the commercial version of Retina Network. Users can include these new checks in a general vulnerability scan, or can create a targeted scan to specifically look for these specific vulnerabilities using the following Retina audits:

  1. Audit ID 16868 – Oracle Database Server Privilege Escalation (20120810) – Windows
  2. Audit ID 16869 – Oracle Database Server Privilege Escalation (20120810) – UNIX/Linux

Retina had already added two additional checks to examine vulnerabilities that were patched with the critical update in July. This critical update did protect some applications against the latest vulnerability.

  1. Audit ID 16868 – Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU-JUL-2012) – Windows
  2. Audit ID 16869 – Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU-JUL-2012) – UNIX/Linux

If you have concerns of the security posture of your Oracle environment feel free to download and try out our community version to discover, assess and gain remediation guidance in our simple to use standalone scanner. In addition to standard assessment of patches, insecure configurations and zero-days, the commercial version of Retina Network also provides in-depth credentialed database scanning for Oracle, Microsoft and My SQL to examine permissions and stored procedures for errors or internal mis-configurations. You can learn about the differences between our commercial and community products here. There’s no need to wait, either, go ahead and download and Retina will automatically update once the new audits have been released.

SNEAK PEEK: We also want to mention that we have a new version of our Retina Network scanner planned for later this month that includes a complete user interface overhaul and allows users to select from a list of built-in profiles to align the product to your specific job function. In this case a “Database Profile” to ensure that you have complete and relevant information to your database world.  

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