Unlike Microsoft, which provides its users with a monthly regular patch cycle, Oracle uses a quarterly Critical Patch Update (CPU) approach.
The July CPU is now out, and it’s a big one. It provides no less than 89 security fixes across a wide swath of Oracle products including database, Fusion Middleware, MySQL, Oracle VM and Solaris.
The update does not include any new fixes for Oracle’s much maligned Java, which is currently patched on a separate cycle. Oracle plans to align its scheduled Java patch release cycle with the CPU starting in October.