Database security

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-11-26 Print this article Print

Database security Thank heavens for a Slammer-free year. There were plenty of warnings of exploits or vulnerabilities, though, both on Oracle databases and IBM DB2. Plenty of people got fed up with Oracles silence on flaws, as well.
Oracle sort-of almost announced midyear that it would be releasing monthly patch rollups, a la Microsoft. Users had mixed reactions, some saying that they only had time for biyearly patching, others saying they wanted patches as soon as they were available. After just one monthly patch rollup dribbled out, users were left scratching their heads.
The confusion was allayed recently, however, by Oracle Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson, who announced that, after plenty of back-and-forth with customers, it was decided that a quarterly patch rollup release would be the right schedule to adopt. Users seem pretty OK with that, particularly given the assurance that critical updates would be sent out in the interim between quarterly updates. The crystal ball There was plenty more excitement in 2004, particularly surrounding Microsofts relentless business intelligence rollouts and IBMs announcements around Information Integrator. But my sources tell me that such news is just setting the stage for some very interesting battles that will take place in 2005. Stay tuned for my look ahead at what the new year will bring to database aficionados, where Ill delve into those in more detail. Write to me at Associate Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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