Welcome to Database Patch News, Buda Consulting’s newsletter of current patch information for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Here you’ll find information on available patches—including security patches—and desupported versions recently made available.

Why should you care about patching vulnerabilities and bugs? Two big reasons:

    1. Unpatched systems are a top cyber attack target. Patch releases literally advertise vulnerabilities to the hacker community. The longer you wait to patch, the greater your security risk. 
    2. Along with running a supported database version, applying the latest patches ensures that you can get support from the vendor in case of an issue. Patching also helps eliminate downtime and lost productivity associated with bugs. 

Here are the latest patch updates for Oracle and SQL Server:

Oracle Patches:

Apr 14 2020 Quarterly Patch Updates:

19c – Release Update 19.7 available.

18c – Release Update 18.10 available. –  APR 2020 Release Update available
Regular support ends Mar 2023 and extended support ends Mar 2026. – Currently in extended support.
The last freely available patch was July 2019 for
Apr 14 2020 PSU available but requires extended support purchase to access it.
Patches will be released until July 2021 for this version.
PATCH SET UPDATE available. – Entered extended support December of 2017
Last free available patch was October 2018 for
PATCH SET UPDATE available but requires extended support
purchase to access it.


SQL Server Patches:

SQL Server 2019
Cumulative update 3 (Latest build) Released March 12, 2020
Mainstream support ends Jan 7, 2025
Extended support ends Jan 8, 2030

SQL Server 2017
Cumulative update 20 (Latest build) Released Apr 7, 2020
Mainstream support ends Oct 11, 2022
Extended support ends Oct 12, 2027

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2
Cumulative update 12 Release date: Feb 25, 2020
Mainstream support ends Jul 13, 2021
Extended support ends Jul 14, 2026

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3
Cumulative update 3 Release date: Apr 16, 2019
Mainstream support ended Jul 9, 2019
Extended support ends Jul 9, 2024

SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4
Release date: Oct 5, 2017
Mainstream support ended Jul 11, 2017
Extended support ends Jul 12, 2022

Note: All other SQL Server versions not mentioned are no longer supported.