January 24, 2018

ZERO Downtime Kernel Security updates for Oracle & Redhat Linux

Linux Kernel vulnerabilities, e.g. Kernel Side-Channel Attacks (Meltdown, Spectre), Dirty COW, Linux Kernel Double Fetch Denial of Service Vulnerability, udp.c in the Linux kernel ... … … the list goes on and on.

Linux kernel security updates with important new security and reliability patches are released about once per month to stay up to date with important kernel and user-space security updates.

Industry regulations and best practices require companies to apply these security updates and patches regularly because security is compromised by a failure to update. System administrators are forced to choose between known best practices and system reboots that are costly and disruptive.

Since these are kernel security fixes which means the operating system requires restart in order to active the new kernel and the fixes.

ONLY to fix Linux kernel vulnerabilities, every month organizations have hundreds of hour's system downtime in every quarter at minimum.

What is Ksplice?
Ksplice allows you to apply the same updates, without rebooting that would normally require an update with your package manager and a reboot.

With reboot-less updates, you can: 
  • Save time and pain by updating in seconds, while your systems are running.
  • Avoid downtime.
  • Prevent disastrous security incidents by making it easy to stay up to date.

Oracle Linux is the only Linux distribution to offer zero-downtime updates for select, critical user-space components. With Oracle Linux 6 and 7, Ksplice can patch glibc and openssl vulnerabilities whilst the system is running, without stopping applications and without interruption. This feature is exclusive to Oracle Linux Premier Support customers.

30 Day Trial for Oracle Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
If you use Oracle Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you can try Oracle Ksplice free for 30 days.

With over 250,000 systems protected, over 10,000,000 updates applied, over 4,000,000 reboots saved, Ksplice is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for keeping your Linux systems up to date.

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