TITLE

New security risks hit Oracle

AUTHOR(S)
Roberts, Paul F.
PUB. DATE
November 2005
SOURCE
eWeek;11/7/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 44, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the new security risks caused by a worm that spreads among Oracle Corp. databases. The worm is the first ever developed for an Oracle platform and is considered a low security risk. However, the worm calls attention to loose security practices that are still common on Oracle platforms and comes amid word from one security researcher of more than 250 unpatched holes in the Redwood Shores, California, company's Database 10g. The worm appeared in a message with the subject "Trick or treat Larry," an apparent reference to Oracle's chief executive officer Larry Ellison. The security hole does not require a patch from Oracle, but database administrators should change the default password on their Oracle databases if it has not already been changed. Oracle has been a focus of criticism in recent months as independent security researchers have complained that the company's database software is riddled with security holes and that Oracle takes too long to issue patches for the problems.
ACCESSION #
18878913

 

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