Oracle is to release a series of security updates on 18 January, addressing 66 vulnerabilities in its enterprise software offerings.
The company said in a critical patch update pre-release announcement that 28 products will receive security fixes, including Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager, PeopleSoft CRM and E-Business Suite.
The company is also providing security fixes for Sun products and the OpenOffice and StarOffice productivity suites.
Six vulnerabilities will be fixed in the Oracle Database Server platform, two of which could be targeted for remote code execution attacks. Oracle said that the most severe has a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 7.5.
The Fusion Middleware platform will receive 16 fixes, 12 addressing remote code execution vulnerabilities, including one which has received a CVSS score of 10.0.
The Sun products, meanwhile, will receive 21 fixes, including nine remote code execution vulnerabilities. The highest of these has a CVSS score of 10.0.
Oracle strongly recommends that customers take particular care to patch the most severe vulnerabilities as quickly as possible.
Oracle's planned update comes just a week after Microsoft released its first monthly security patch of 2011. The January Patch Tuesday release contained just two bulletins addressing three vulnerabilities.
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