Oracle moves to monthly bug fixes

Following last week’s concern about security problems with its software, Oracle has moved to a monthly cycle of addressing security upgrades and virus fixes instead of dealing with them on a quarterly or yearly basis.

Oracle's plan includes notification to Oracle's customers and subscribers followed by instructions and links to FTP sites. The company said that it believes that a single patch encompassing multiple fixes, on a predictable schedule, better meets the needs of its customers.

The change in Oracle's release schedule follows the revelation that a UK security firm had found 34 security vulnerabilities in Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server and Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle was criticised for not issuing patches and fixes as soon as it was informed.

Microsoft moved from a weekly to a monthly patch release schedule late last year in an effort to streamline its distribution and reduce the number of headaches faced by customers who had to test and apply patches on a weekly basis.

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