Welcome to Database Patch News, Buda Consulting’s monthly 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 made available during the past month.

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:

Oct 15 2019 Quarterly Patch Updates:

19c – Release Update 19.5 available

18c – Release Update 18.8 available – OCT 2019 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 The Oct 15 2019 Patch Set Update (PSU) is available but may require extended support purchase to access it. Patches will be release until July 2021 for this version. PSU is available. – Entered extended support in December 2017
The last free available patch was October 2018 for PSU is available but may require clients purchase extended support to access it.

SQL Server Patches:
SQL Server 2017 incremental servicing model (ISM)
CU17 (Latest build)—Released October 08, 2019

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2
Release date: April 24, 2018

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 Cumulative update 4
Release date: July 29, 2019

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 Cumulative update 18
Release date: July 29, 2019