This week was dominated by the news that Microsoft and Oracle are planning huge patch updates on Tuesday. Other key stories included RIM finally striking a deal with the United Arab Emirates over monitoring BlackBerry communications, and a busy week for Symantec at its Vision conference in Barcelona.
First up, Oracle said that its upcoming security update will address 81 flaws. Among the products being updated are Oracle Database, Peoplesoft CRM, E-Business Suite and Fusion Middleware. In total, the company said that the update will affect hundreds of Oracle and Sun software offerings.
Also this coming Tuesday, Microsoft is to release its biggest ever security update, with a total of 49 vulnerabilities to be fixed. The firm has scheduled 16 updates for October's Patch Tuesday, which will fix security issues n Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Server software and Office.
Not to be outdone, Adobe this week fixed 23 serious security vulnerabilities in its Reader and Acrobat software that affect Windows and Macintosh systems. The firm released a security bulletin with fixes for issues that could either make systems crash or give remote attackers control.
It was a busy week for Symantec, after the security firm launched malware detection software dubbed Ubiquity, which is designed to identify malicious files from day zero and give enterprises increased protection against mutating software.
Symantec also announced updates to its mobile security platform and encryption software, as well as the launch of Hosted Endpoint Protection. This new cloud offering is designed to let small and medium businesses deploy protection through the cloud without the need to manage additional hardware or software.
It was a good week for RIM, meanwhile, as the firm finally managed to avoid a ban in the United Arab Emirates of its BlackBerry service after appeasing the country's telecoms authorities.
A statement released by the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority confirmed that BlackBerry services are now compliant with the country's regulatory framework and that the threat of a ban had been lifted.
And finally, authorities in Iran arrested an unspecified number of people this week for allegedly enabling the Stuxnet malware to access its nuclear command and control systems, according to reports.
However, the virus authors appear to be creating new versions of the malware code, according to Iranian state media.
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