Welcome to Database Patch News, Buda Consulting’s newsletter of current patch information for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Here you’ll find information recently made available on patches—including security patches—and desupported versions.

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:

October 20, 2020 Quarterly Patch Updates:

19c – Release Update 19.9 is available (31771877 & 31668882)

18c – Release Update 18.12 is available (31730250 & 31668892)

12cR2 – Release Update 201020 is available (31741641 & 31668898)

Regular support ends in Mar 2023 and extended support ends in Mar 2026.

12cR1 – Release Update 201020 is available (31550110 & 31668915)

Regular support ended in July 2019 and extended support ends in July 2021.

11gR4 – Patch Set Update 201020 is available (31720776)

Regular support ended in October 2018 and extended support ends in December 2020.


SQL Server Patches:

SQL Server 2019

Cumulative update 8 (Latest build) Released Oct 1, 2020

Mainstream support ends Jan 7, 2025

Extended support ends Jan 8, 2030


SQL Server 2017

Cumulative update 22 (Latest build) Released Sept 10, 2020

Mainstream support ends Oct 11, 2022

Extended support ends Oct 12, 2027


SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2

Cumulative update 15 Release date: Sept 28, 2020

Mainstream support ends Jul 13, 2021

Extended support ends Jul 14, 2026


SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3

Cumulative update 4 Release date: Feb 11, 2019

Mainstream support ended Jul 9, 2019

Extended support ends Jul 9, 2024


SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4

Release date: Oct 5, 2017

Mainstream support ended Jul 11, 2017

Extended support ends Jul 12, 2022

Note: All other SQL Server versions not mentioned are no longer supported.


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