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July has been a busy month for Oracle. Oracle released the latest in a series of Critical Patch Updates with important fixes for Java security. The Oracle Social Relationship platform now supports business networking site LinkedIn. Oracle Linux version 7 is now generally available, bringing with it new features. Here is this month's round-up of Oracle news. Oracle releases July Critical Patch Update
On July 15, Oracle released its latest Critical Patch Update (CPU). The update provided 113 security fixes across 13 product lines and 20 additional security fixes for Java SE. The highest threat patched came from Java SE client vulnerability CVE-2014-4227, which ranked a 10 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).
CPU included five fixes for the Oracle Database and 29 new security fixes for Oracle Fusion Middleware. There were also five new fixes for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Sun Systems received 3 security fixes. Other Oracle products to receive security fixes include: Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Industry Applications, Oracle Linux and Virtualization and Oracle MySQL.
Oracle Social Relationship Management expands to LinkedIn
Oracle's Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform allows a company's social media efforts to be managed in one place from the cloud. This includes tools for engagement, publishing, automation and analysis. Currently, Oracle SRM includes connections to Facebook, Twitter and Google+. On July 16, Oracle announced that the SRM platform would support LinkedIn as well.
LinkedIn has a user base of 3 million in more than 200 countries. LinkedIn has a frequently-targeted audience of business professionals. Oracle is extending its support to LinkedIn with the belief that this is a segment its customers are looking to reach. Furthermore, LinkedIn has been increasing its emphasis on involving the companies and not just the job seekers and professionals, making LinkedIn more important for corporate social strategy.
Oracle Linux 7 now available
Oracle released Oracle Linux 7 into general availability on July 23. Oracle Linux 7 comes with some new features including Btrfs, Linux Containers, DTrace, Ksplice, Xen enhancements and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3. However, some features are only available with Oracle Linux Support subscriptions. Ksplice is only available with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Btrfs, DTrace and Linux Containers are only available to Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 users.
Oracle Linux 7 is available for download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and is free to download and distribute. All bug fixes are published to Oracle's public Yellow Dog Updater, Modified servers. Release 7 is built to provide support for emerging technologies, with an emphasis on OpenStack.