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Overview of Oracle Solaris Release Cadence, IPS, SRUs, IDRs, and CVE Metadata (Doc ID 2114039.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 23, 2024

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 11.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Provide an overview of Oracle Solaris release cadence and a practical overview of how updates are applied and metadata such as CVE and BugID metadata can be queried.


This overview is designed for hands-on IT Executives and Managers, Senior and Junior System Administrators including those responsible for security compliance, and anyone with an interest in understanding the Oracle Solaris Operating System lifecycle.


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In this Document
 Product Release Cadence
 Product Releases
 Product Updates
 Support Repository Updates (SRUs)
 Oracle Solaris Development Process Summary
 Numbering Convention
 Critical Patch Updates (CPUs)
 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Mappings
 The solaris-11-cpu Package
 Interim Diagnostics or Relief (IDRs)
 Security IDRs
 Timezone Package
 Systems Firmware, Card Firmware, etc.
 The Oracle Solaris Binary and Source Guarantee Program
 Image Packaging System (IPS)
 How Does IPS Differ From Sun's SVR4 Based Packaging System ?
 Oracle Solaris 11 Install Groups
 solaris-small-server / solaris-large-server
 oracle-rdbms-server-12-1-preinstall / oracle-ebs-server-R12-preinstall
 Oracle Solaris 11 Incorporations
 IPS and applying SRUs
 IPS and applying IDRs
 Troubleshooting Package Installation and Update Issues
 Querying CVE Metadata
 Querying Bug Metadata

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