November 14, 2018 Doug Bidwell
We are winding down to the final seven weeks of the year, which means that we have just seven PTF guides to go in 2018! That being said, news on the PTF front continues to be sparse. Case in point, another week of no new defectives. Of course, you never know what next week will bring, but in the meantime, let’s look at what did happen this week. We got a new security bulletin and learned that IBM i is affected by networking BIND vulnerability CVE-2018-5740. The associated remediating PTFs are: Release 7.3 – SI68466; Release 7.2 – SI68467; Release …Read more
November 7, 2018 Doug Bidwell
Hello fellow residents of IBM i Land. In this week’s edition of the IBM i PTF Guide, there are new HIPER PTFs for all releases – that’s IBM i 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 – and there is a new Security group for IBM i 7.3. It is rather sparse this week, and we suspect it will kick up next week. So enjoy the relatively easy week of IBM i patching.
At a glance defective PTFs: There are no new defectives this week (11/01), looking good so far!
Defective PTF rundown (The last defective for each release): Defect Defective APAR… Read more
October 31, 2018 Doug Bidwell
What’s new this week? Well, everybody is talking about IBM buying Red Hat, which we talk about elsewhere in this issue of The Four Hundred. We shall see what IBM does with its systems software now.
I would like to give a big “Thank You” to John for finding a typo in the Spectre-Meltdown tab and phoning it in! We have cleaned it up for this edition of the IBM i PTF Guide.
This week, the Backup and Recovery Group is new for IBM i 7.2 and 7.3
The Guide at a glance: There are no new defectives …Read more
October 17, 2018 Doug Bidwell
The PTF Guide at IT Jungle has been keeping IBM i users up-to-date on Individual, Group, and Cumulative PTFs for many, many years. But this guide is only helpful if you use it, so please take the time to make sure you are current on your PTFs. The PTFs on this page go back over two years, which is hopefully a lot further back you’re you would need to go. OK, lecture over. Now for what’s new! This week was saw a Security Bulletin for Vulnerability CVE-2018-11763 in the IBM i HTTP Server that affects IBM i. However there were …Read more
October 10, 2018 Doug Bidwell
There’s been some action on the PTF front with HIPERs and Security Groups for all releases this week. We also see that MGTools is updating again, with new stuff every week or two there. Again, there were no new links this week, but keep checking our handy guide to make sure you are staying up to date.
Quick sidebar on some interesting messages you’ll hear when you call IBM Service for support. It seems there won’t be any phone support for Sev2 and lower after October 15. We’re guessing that will result in an uptick in number of Sev 1, …Read more
October 3, 2018 Doug Bidwell
Readers of IT Jungle already know what’s been happening in the IBM i ecosystem, so let’s take a look at what’s new in PTF Land this week. As we all know, IBM i 6.1 extended support ended on September 30, but post life cycle options are now available so contact your next level of support for further information. ECS also has new recommended fixes for both 7.3 and 7.2, so please check the link in our guide for details. We did not get any new defectives for the week of September 29, but here is the rundown on the last …Read more
September 26, 2018 Doug Bidwell
Hello good people of IBM i Land. There are HIPER and Security PTFs on all three releases this week: That’s IBM i 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1. So dig in and have a gander at the spreadsheet and figure out what to do.
Here are the important links this week:
- Ethernet How to Temporarily Enable or Disable Large Send Offload (LSO) on the IBM i
- Security All Security Bulletins for IBM i
- Security Apache on IBM i Security Updates
- Security Java on IBM i security updates
- Security Vulnerabilities for OpenSSL on IBM i
- Security Vulnerabilities for OpenSSH on IBM i
The …Read more
September 19, 2018 Doug Bidwell
The Spectre and Meltdown speculative execution vulnerabilities are the gift that keeps on giving in terms of security worries and hurried patches, and this week in the IBM i PTF Guide is yet another demonstration of this fact.
See this link for full details on the new fixes, and check the tab in the Guide for SpectreMeltdown, which is new new.
There are new fixes for PEX and Job Watcher on V7R3, check here for details.
The Tech Refreshes are out, finally, for V7R3 and V7R2. Check the TR tab in the Guide for further information.
Links this week: …Read more
September 12, 2018 Doug Bidwell
It’s been three weeks since our last PTF guide, but we have been keeping up with all the updates and have packaged it all together for you. In addition to the usual defective PTF rundowns each week, we have seen some OpenSSL fixes and new HIPER and Security groups. It is also interesting to note that as of September 8, it has been four months since a bug was found in a patch. We aren’t sure if this sets any sort of record, but it is definitely worth mentioning! All the latest PTFs are lined up below for you. Happy …Read more
August 22, 2018 Doug Bidwell
This week in IBM i PTF Land is sponsored by snakes. Pythons to be specific. To be more precise, there are vulnerabilities in Python that make it susceptible to denial of service attacks.
Here are the fixes to take care of that. Release 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 have the same number PTF applicable for all three OS releases:
- 5733OPS Option 2 SI68164
- 5733OPS Option 4 SI67937
Release 7.2 and 7.3 support Python version 2.7/3.6 in the RPM format. You can find out more at this link.
New links this week in the IBM i PTF Guide:
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