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By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2004-09-02 Print this article Print

Another concern is whether installing the patches will be a straightforward process, he said. "This is a rush job—we have to apply these patches quickly. There is going to be a concern about whether these patches have any bugs themselves," he said.

"The danger seems so high we are just going to have to accept the risk and apply these patches," said Wessler.

However, the head of another Oracle database consulting company said that implementation of the patches seems "fairly straightforward" and shouldnt cause any major problems.

Click here to listen to an archived version of eWEEK.coms recent eSeminar on protecting customer data. Issuing the patches in one set "is a favorable approach. Instead of applying multiple one-off patches they have bundled multiple issues—I think that is more helpful," said Richard Niemiec, CEO of TUSC, an Oracle consulting firm based in Chicago.

It shows that Oracle is focusing on the process fixing vulnerabilities and releasing patches in an efficient way, Niemiec said. "This is a good example of that," he said.

However, he conceded that the vulnerabilities are severe and database administrators will have to implement them quickly with a thorough round of testing before they go live. "This is a common thing in the life of an administrator" and shouldnt cause any major stress, Niemiec suggested.

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John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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