RHEL ES 3 Kernel Upgrade Issue

Peter Kjellstrom cap at nsc.liu.se
Wed Apr 14 02:11:41 CDT 2010


On Wednesday 14 April 2010, Murphy, Brian S CTR USAF AFSPC 83 NOS/Det 4 wrote:
> Ah - http://mirror.centos.org/centos/3/updates/i386/RPMS/ has
>
> kernel-2.4.21-63.EL.i686.rpm
> and
> kernel-smp-2.4.21-63.EL.i686.rpm
>
> both dated 4 Nov 2009 - looks good.
>
> Is there some way to know how that translates to kernel.org versions (or
> are they patches to 2.4.21 put out to fix CVE issues)?

Vendor versions like RHEL/CentOS/SLES/whatever can't really be translated to 
kernel.org versions. From a base-line perspective 2.4.21-63.EL may be near 
2.4.21.x but some parts are backported from much higher versions. From a 
security perspective you either read the RHSA (RedHat Security Announcements) 
and/or the rpm changelog (rpm -qp --changelog kernel...rpm).

/Peter

> Or how other CentOS RPMs there translate to "vendor versions" (BIND shows
> 9.2.4-25, but ISC's named versions are at 9.4.x and 9.6.x, etc.)?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Brian
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