Oracle issued a security alert and downloadable patch release Tuesday to plug multiple vulnerabilities scattered across its database server products. The patches are designed to lock down exploits affecting a variety of Oracle's Database, Application Server, Collaboration Suite and Enterprise Manager products.
According to the alert, the new patches eliminate security flaws in the Database Server and the Listener offerings. Officials at Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle Corp. listed its Database Server exposure risk as "high" if unpatched, and they noted that exploiting some of the vulnerabilities requires network access but no valid user account.
Spam volume keeps rising
Rising tides of spam are drowning the usefulness of e-mail, according to a new report from IDC.
Spam has accounted for 38 percent of the 31 billion e-mails sent each day in North America in 2004, up from 24 percent in 2002, the market researcher said.
Improved content filtering and antispam tools will help fight the problem, as will the growing use of alternative communications means, such as video conferencing and instant messaging software.
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