Analyst firm Gartner has warned that Oracle’s databases are in danger of losing their reputation for security, and has advised systems administrators to do more to protect their systems.
The warning came soon after Oracle released a series of patches to fix 82 vulnerabilities across its product lines.
"Oracle can no longer be considered a bastion of security," writes Gartner analyst Rich Mogull in a research note. "The range and seriousness of the vulnerabilities patched in this update cause us great concern. Oracle has not yet experienced a mass security exploit, but this does not mean that one will never occur."
Mogull adds that administrators often neglect to patch regularly because of Oracle's historically strong security and the fact that Oracle applications and databases are often not exposed directly to the outside world.
Now, he suggests, administrators need to wake up to the fact that they are no longer secure, with Oracle vulnerabilities being discovered and disclosed more often, and more exploit tools and proof of concept code circulating online.
Oracle faces a battle, like its rival Microsoft has faced for some time, of convincing its users that it is serious about security. It needs to be seen to be going the extra mile.