Oracle probably worried some DBAs earlier this week when it released its Critical Patch Update but neglected its most critical database flaw of the quarter for 188.8.131.52 users on the Windows platform. At the time, Oracle said this fix would come on April 30, but now it looks like Oracle has found a way to get the patch out.
Oracle's Eric Maurice made the announcement on Friday afternoon. So if you're running Oracle Database Server 184.108.40.206 on Windows you can rest a bit easier ... once you've finished testing.
Turns out that security researcher David Litchfield first discussed this flaw in November 2005. After Oracle released its Critical Patch Update this week, he published this research note, discussing this and a few other flaws that were patched this month. Litchfield, managing director of Next Generation Security Software, says he first reported the bug to Oracle in 2002.