In releasing the upgrade, Oracle made an usual move by alerting its users about the security patches, according to Integrigy's advisory. Historically, the software maker has released product upgrades but not disclosed whether they included security fixes, Integrigy noted.
The "Diagnostics Support Pack February 2006 with Oracle Diagnostics 2.3 RUP A" aims to address security flaws in Oracle diagnostics Web pages and Java classes, according to Integrigy. Oracle diagnostics, a troubleshooting module of, is designed to allow IT administrators to conduct tests when configuring and setting up applications.
"The significant (security) issue is (that) some diagnostics can be executed without any authentication, and it is possible to configure the diagnostics to be unrestricted," according to the Integrigy report.
The security patches are designed to limit access to the diagnostics tests.
Although the company releases, "Oracle has not previously provided customers a notification that security fixes were included (in an upgrade)," Integrigy noted in its report. "We believe Oracle is encouraging customers to upgrade to the latest support diagnostics as a way to improve technical support and...accelerate the adoption of the diagnostics patch."
Oracle's next quarterly security update is scheduled for April 18.
Oracle was not immediately available for comment.