Microsoft and Oracle agreement to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle both released announcements on their recent agreement to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud services. This will allow users to connect to both using a unified single sign-on experience.

More information on this service is available at www.oracle.com/cloud/oci-azure.html.

DB-Engines.com ranks hundreds of database management systems

DB-Engines.com publishes lists of database management systems (DBMS) ranked by category, including:

Oracle Database 18c version released

Oracle announced the release of Oracle Database 18c on February 23rd 2018.   Oracle decided on a brand new method of numbering database versions so that a major version release is done annually (i.e. version 18 = year 2018).  The last database version was 12c prior to this change.

One of the new features in Oracle Database version 12c and later include additional database support for JSON queries.

More information can be found here:

Java 10 released on March 20th 2018

Java is a free widely-used programming language that was originally developed by Sun Microsystems and now managed by Oracle.    Java version 10 was recently released on March 20th 2018.

Java versions for Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Solaris can be downloaded from www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp.   Online help for Java is found at www.java.com/en/download/help/.

Meltdown and Spectre security flaws forces tech companies to release updates

Two recently detected security flaws currently named “Meltdown” and “Spectre” are causing Apple, Microsoft, Google, Intel, and others to release security updates to fix any potential problem.  The flaws potentially affect all recent computers, smartphones, and tablets that use a CPU performance feature called speculative execution.  There is no evidence that the flaws have been exploited at this time.  The general recommendation is to download updates for all devices.

Current Apple products may have the security flaws with the exception of the Apple Watch.  Apple is continuing to work on updates and released a statement at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394.

Microsoft issued guidance for Windows users, SQL Server, Windows Server, and has updated most of its Azure infrastructure and will continue to do so.  Security update KB4056890 also updates Internet Explorer and Edge browsers.   Microsoft also issued update KB4056892 for various Windows versions but notes that some AMD processor machines to stop working after installing it.

Google recommended that Chrome users should turn on site isolation.  Google also responded with these blog posts:
https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/7622138
https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2018/01/reading-privileged-memory-with-side.html

Mozilla is working on updates and a fix is available in Firefox 57.0.4 version.

Amazon has updated its servers already and will continue to do so.

Intel released a statement as well and is releasing updates.  It also reported some systems rebooted more frequently after the updatesAMD also released a statement on their CPUs and speculative execution.

Oracle issued updates for MySQL, Java, PeopleSoft and other products that it maintains.

The CERT Vulnerability Notes Database has logged this issue as Vulnerability Note VU#584653.

eWeek reported that Linux 4.15 was released with Meltdown and Spectre patches and that further patches would be made for this issue.

More information can be found at https://spectreattack.com.

Oracle Developer Community links

The Oracle Technology Network announced its name change to Oracle Developer Community on October 1st 2017.

Some other links for Oracle developers include:

Free Database Development Software

Some of the most commonly used free databases include:

Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition only runs on Windows-based PCs, and user database size is limited to 10 GB. This is radically smaller than the paid versions of SQL Server, at 524 petabytes.

MySQL is the popular open source database that is now owned by Oracle. It can run on Linux, Unix, Mac and Windows operating systems. Paid commercial versions with additional support are also available.

Oracle Database Express Edition runs on Windows and Linux operating systems, but the database size is limited.  It can be downloaded from here.

Oracle SQL Developer is a free integrated development that makes it easier to administer both paid and free versions of Oracle databases.