Reboots are a thing of the past!

Available to Oracle Linux customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, Oracle Ksplice updates select, critical components of your Oracle Linux installation with all of the important security patches without needing to reboot.

With rebootless 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.

Linux distributions require a reboot about once a month to stay up to date with important kernel and user-space security updates. Oracle Ksplice allows you to apply the same updates, without rebooting that would normally require an update with your package manager and a reboot.

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.

What gets patched?

Not all patches are created equal. Ksplice patches run-time security vulnerabilities and stability bugs. Whether it's the latest CVE targeting the network stack, an overflow in the DNS resolver, or a kernel panic caused by a poorly written driver, Ksplice will quickly provide protection to your system, without rebooting or restarting applications.

Supported Kernels

  • All Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 versions for Oracle Linux 6 and 7 starting with 4.1.12-32 (released Jan 25, 2016).
  • All Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 versions for Oracle Linux 6 and 7 starting with 3.8.13-35 (released May 13, 2014).
  • All Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 versions for Oracle Linux 5 and 6 starting with 2.6.39-100.5.1 (released Mar 13, 2012).
  • All Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 1 versions for Oracle Linux 5 and 6 starting with 2.6.32-100.28.9 (released March 16, 2011).
  • All Oracle Linux 7 Red Hat Compatible Kernels starting with the official release
  • All Oracle Linux 6 Red Hat Compatible Kernels starting with the official release
  • All Oracle Linux 5 Red Hat Compatible Kernels starting with Oracle Linux 5.4 (2.6.18-164.el5, released September 9, 2009)
  • All Oracle Linux 5 Red Hat Compatible Kernels with bug fixes added by Oracle starting with Oracle Linux 5.6 (2.6.18-238.0.0.0.1.el5, released January 22, 2011)

(Legacy customers can see the complete list of supported kernels on the Legacy Customers page.)

Supported User-space Packages

  • glibc on Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7
  • openssl on Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7

Try Oracle Ksplice for Kernels Today

Oracle Linux Premier Support Customers

Oracle Linux Premier Support customers already have access to Ksplice. Visit Unbreakable Linux Network for installation instructions and to get an access key, and obtain the benefits of getting security updates without rebooting.

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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. During the trial, you will receive all of the protections of Oracle Ksplice for your kernel.

30 Day Trial

Free Community Protection for Ubuntu Desktop and Fedora

Servers aren't the only systems needing protection. Oracle has made the kernel protections from Oracle Ksplice available for free to members of the Linux community for their desktop installations of Ubuntu and Fedora. Find out first hand the benefits of being protected by Oracle Ksplice.

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