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Oracle October 2022 Critical Patch Update Addresses 179 CVEs

Oracle October 2022 Critical Patch Update Addresses 179 CVEs

Oracle addresses 179 CVEs in its fourth and final quarterly update of 2022 with 370 patches, including 56 critical updates.

Background

On October 18, Oracle released its Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2022, the fourth and final quarterly update of the year. This CPU contains fixes for 179 CVEs in 370 security updates across 27 Oracle product families. Out of the 370 security updates published this quarter, 56 patches were assigned a critical severity. Medium severity patches accounted for the bulk of security patches at 163, followed by high severity patches at 144.

This quarter’s update includes 83 medium severity CVEs, followed by 57 high severity CVEs and 7 low severity CVEs.

Severity Issues Patched CVEs
Critical 56 32
High 144 57
Medium 163 83
Low 7 7
Total 370 179

Analysis

This quarter, the Oracle Communications product family contained the highest number of patches at 74, accounting for 20% of the total patches, followed by Oracle Fusion Middleware with 56 patches, which accounted for 15.14% of the total patches.

Oracle did not include security patches for five product families:

  • Oracle Airlines Data Model
  • Oracle Big Data Graph
  • Oracle NoSQL Database
  • Oracle SQL Developer
  • Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database

While these five product families did not receive security patches, Oracle notes that there are third-party patches included as part of its CPU release that affect them:

Oracle Product Family Component CVE
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (Apache Commons BeanUtils) CVE-2019-10086
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (Apache Commons IO) CVE-2021-29425
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (Apache Groovy) CVE-2020-17521
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (Apache Log4j) CVE-2021-4104
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (Nimbus JOSE+JWT) CVE-2019-17195
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (Spring Framework) CVE-2021-22118
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (Spring Framework) CVE-2020-5421
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-9546
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-10650
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-10672
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-10673
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-10968
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-10969
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-11111
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-11112
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-11113
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-14195
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-25649
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-36189
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-9547
Oracle Airlines Data Model Installation (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-9548
Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph Big Data Graph (Apache Tomcat) CVE-2022-34305
Oracle NoSQL Database Administration (Google Gson) CVE-2022-25647
Oracle NoSQL Database Administration (jackson-databind) CVE-2020-36518
Oracle SQL Developer Install (Apache Batik) CVE-2020-11987
Oracle SQL Developer Install (Apache Kafka) CVE-2021-38153
Oracle SQL Developer Install (Apache Kafka) CVE-2021-26291
Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database Kubernetes Operator (Golang Go) CVE-2022-28327
Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database Kubernetes Operator (Golang Go) CVE-2022-24675

A full breakdown of the patches for this quarter can be seen in the following table, which also includes a count of vulnerabilities that can be exploited over a network without authentication.

Oracle Product Family Number of Patches Remote Exploit without Authentication
Oracle Communications 74 64
Oracle Fusion Middleware 56 43
Oracle MySQL 37 11
Oracle Communications Applications 27 21
Oracle Retail Applications 27 21
Oracle Financial Services Applications 24 16
Oracle Siebel CRM 14 12
Oracle Supply Chain 13 9
Oracle JD Edwards 10 9
Oracle Virtualization 10 3
Oracle Java SE 9 9
Oracle Database Server 8 1
Oracle PeopleSoft 8 4
Oracle Systems 8 4
Oracle Utilities Applications 6 4
Oracle Construction and Engineering 5 2
Oracle E-Business Suite 5 4
Oracle Enterprise Manager 5 4
Oracle HealthCare Applications 5 4
Oracle Insurance Applications 5 3
Oracle Hospitality Applications 4 2
Oracle Commerce 3 2
Oracle Essbase 2 1
Oracle GoldenGate 2 1
Oracle Communications Data Model 1 0
Oracle Secure Backup 1 1
Oracle Hyperion 1 1
Oracle Airlines Data Model 0 0
Oracle Big Data Graph 0 0
Oracle NoSQL Database 0 0
Oracle SQL Developer 0 0
Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database 0 0

2021 Critical Patch Update totals: 854 CVEs patched

The combined total of CVEs patched in this year’s CPUs was 854. This year saw a 7.27% decrease in the number of CVEs patched compared to 2021, when Oracle patched a total of 921 CVEs.

The first two quarters in both 2021 and 2022 saw the most patches released, 487 in 2022 and 459 in 2021. In 2021, Q3 and Q4 had an equal number of patches (231), whereas Q3 and Q4 of 2022 saw a marked decrease in patches (188 and 179 respectively).

Schedule for quarterly patch updates for 2023

Looking ahead to 2023, Oracle has specified the dates for upcoming Oracle CPUs:

  1. January 17, 2023
  2. April 18, 2023
  3. July 18, 2023
  4. October 17, 2023

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