Applying Critical Patch Updates (CPU).

A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. Critical Patch Update patches are usually cumulative but each advisory describes only the security fixes added since the previous Critical Patch Update advisory. Thus, prior Critical Patch Update advisories should be reviewed for information regarding earlier published security fixes.its released on January, April, July &October.

Steps to Apply CPU: 


  1. Shutdown all the instance , and oracle services such as listener. 
  2. ensure $PATH variable.
  3. Download Patchand unzip it.
  4. Use the Opatch like this : opatch napply -skip_subset -skip_duplicate.
  5. Startup databas.

Post-Installation :

  1.  cd $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin
  2. sqlplus / as sysdba
  3. SQL> @catbundle.sql cpu apply


Note : For rac database nothing diffrenece unless you have to shutdown services node by node and patching ( you can patch one node then the other one).

Useful MOS notes :
Introduction To Oracle Database catbundle.sql [ID 605795.1]

 Thank you 
Osama Mustafa

4 thoughts on “Applying Critical Patch Updates (CPU).

  1. Thank you osama i want test this but i dont have Critical Patch Updates where can I find cpu for testing propose?


  2. Hi Osama, Nice explanation, but i want to know that the pre-installation task you have to across all the nodes or from one node.Regards,Arya


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