Commenting to his employees on a memo from arch-rival Bill Gates, Ellison stressed the importance of security in his company's products saying: "Microsoft isn't good at security. We're good at that and I don't think sending a memo is going to help."
Ellison claimed that Oracle software has never been hacked, and blasted Microsoft for the security problems its products have faced recently. He told his audience it only took 20 minutes until the first hacker broke into Microsoft's Passport Wallet, and described Microsoft's Exchange e-mail system as "a bag of viruses".
"Twenty minutes compared to never, that's a lot. Our customer, the [US] Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), would get very upset if somebody looks in their database," Ellison said.