Error Correction Policy as it applies to Oracle WebLogic Portal (WLP)
(Doc ID 1308963.1)
Last updated on JULY 13, 2020
Applies to:Oracle WebLogic Portal - Version 7.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
This document describes the application of Oracle's Software Error Correction Policy to Oracle WebLogic Portal (WLP). It is intended for incorporation into the Software Error Correction Support Document version 2.6, which is distributed in Document 209768.1. It will be included as an addition to Appendix A, which describes the application of the policy to specific product sets.
This article is derived from the following documents, which are the sole "source of truth" on the Lifetime Support Policy and Error Correction Support Policy:
Oracle Lifetime Support provides details on the overall program.
Oracle Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy gives the announcement, dates and exceptions for the End of Premier Support as defined within the policy. You can refer to this article as well for additional details Extended Fusion Middleware 11g Lifetime Support Policy Dates (Doc ID 1585582.1)
Database, FMW, and OCS Software Error Correction Support Policy gives the rules and guidelines based on different releases and terminology in order to coordinate releases and time schedules.
These documents should be used together to determine a specific situation and plan accordingly. A Grace Period can be determined to plan a timeline for an upgrade to a new release.
Below are important snippets from the Error Correction Policy which are pertinent to the dates and terminology used in the Lifetime Support Policy:
Section "2 Terminology":
The period of time following the release of a patch set where we create new fixes for both the new and previous patch set, allowing customers time to plan for and install the new patch set. Grace periods vary by product -- please see Appendix A for details by product.
Appendix "A.3 BEA Products":
Grace Period: up to 1 year, minimum 3 months.
As of November 1, 2010, this Software Error Correction policy governs maintenance of Fusion Middleware products that were acquired from BEA. Patch bundles, CPUs (Critical Patch Updates) and interim patches will be provided for the latest patch set. Patch sets are equivalent to service packs or maintenance packs for BEA products.
You have up to one year from the initial release of a patch set to install the new patch set, and can receive new bug fixes for the previous patch set during that time.
* Initial Grace Period: There is a grace period of one year from the announcement (i.e. until November 1, 2010) of this change to upgrade to the latest patch set. During this time, you can continue to receive bug fixes for previous patch sets. After the end of this grace period, maintenance will only be available on the latest patch set, as described by this policy.
* Minimum grace period and Extended Support -- same as Database in A.1 above
* Rolling Patches: Some of these products, such as Tuxedo and JRockit, have been maintained by rolling patches, that is, comprehensive sets of all available fixes. These products will continue to be maintained with rolling patches.
* Oracle Products Relying On Specific WebLogic Server Versions: Some Oracle products have been coupled to WebLogic Server. That is, they have been released with certification on specific releases of WebLogic Server, or with coordinated installation of specific releases of WebLogic Server. If customers of these products require maintenance for WebLogic Server, CPUs and interim patches will be provided for the latest patch set of WebLogic Server. If the coupled product is not available on the latest WebLogic Server patch set, please contact Customer Support to discuss options.
1. When is the end of the Grace Period for my WLP version?
Please find your version in the following table.
|Release||Patchset||Release Date||Grace Period Status
||Coupled WLS version|
|WLP 7.0||7.0||June 2002||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 7.0|
|7.0 SP1||September 2002||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 7.0 SP1|
|7.0 SP2||February 2003||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 7.0 SP2|
|7.0 SP3||May 2003 (approx)||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 7.0 SP3|
|7.0 SP4||August 2003||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 7.0 SP4|
|7.0 SP5||April 2004||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 7.0 SP5|
|7.0 SP6||March 2005||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 7.0 SP6|
|7.0 SP7||March 2006||Premier & Extended Support has expired - not patch-eligible
||WLS 7.0 SP7|
|WLP 8.1||8.1||July 2003||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 8.1|
|8.1 SP1||Sept 2003 (approx)||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 8.1 SP1|
|8.1 SP2||December 2003||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 8.1 SP2|
|8.1 SP3||December 2003||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 8.1 SP3|
|8.1 SP4||July 2004||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 8.1 SP4|
|8.1 SP5||October 2005||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 8.1 SP5|
|8.1 SP6||June 2006||Premier & Extended Support has expired - not patch-eligible
||WLS 8.1 SP6|
|WLP 9.2||9.2||June 2006||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 9.2|
|9.2 MP1||January 2007||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 9.2 MP1|
|9.2 MP2||July 2007||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 9.2 MP2|
|9.2 MP3||March 2008||Premier & Extended Support has expired - not patch-eligible||WLS 9.2 MP3|
||10.0||March 2007||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 10.0|
|10.0 MP1||October 2007||Premier & Extended Support has expired - not patch-eligible||WLS 10.0 MP1|
|WLP 10.2||10.2||February 2008||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 10.0 MP1|
|10.2 MP1||May 2009||Premier & Extended Support has expired - not patch-eligible||WLS 10.0 MP2|
||10.3.0||September 2008||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 10.3|
|10.3.1||May 2009||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 10.3|
|10.3.1.0.1||June 2009||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 10.3|
|10.3.1.0.2||August 2009||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 10.3|
|10.3.1.0.3||March 2010||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 10.3|
|10.3.2||February 2010||ENDED – not patch-eligible||WLS 10.3.2|
|10.3.4||November 2011||ENDED – not patch-eligible
|10.3.5||July 2012||ENDED – not patch-eligible||
|10.3.6||July 2013||ENDED – not patch-eligible||
|10.3.7||January 2016||Premier Support until December 2018 (Extended Support until December 2021)
2. Does the Error Correction Policy apply to security updates (the quarterly Critical Patch Updates or CPUs), one-off backports (that is, bug fixes which are released for one version being rewritten to apply to another version) and merged patches (that is, combining two different patches to the same code into a single patch so they can be used together)?
Yes, the Error Correction Policy applies to all of these situations. Software errors will be fixed on the latest patchset only, plus on the next most recent patchset until the end of the Grace Period. See Sections 4 and 5 of the Error Correction Policy.
Please note that new patches may be provided for WebLogic Server releases in the context of WebLogic Portal support. This applies when a WebLogic Portal release (which is still eligible for error correction) is supported only on a WebLogic Server release that is not eligible for error correction, but is not supported on a more current WebLogic Server release.
Double check your coupled WLS version using the chart above.
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