April 15, 2019 Doug Bidwell
And the PTFs just keep on rolling. . . . This week, there are patches in the HTTP Server Group for IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3. There is also a new Database Group for IBM i 7.2.
And, as is common with most production operating systems these days, especially those that have a lot of components derived from open source software where things get discovered and patched out in the open where everyone can see and with a rapidity that operating systems of days gone by did not have to deal with, there is a continual stream of …Read more
April 10, 2019 Doug Bidwell
We have some new items to report with this week’s PTF Guide. There are new HIPER and Security groups for all three supported releases. And there is a new MQ group for 7.3 and 7.2. Plus, there are new links for the System Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. That’s a lot of new for you to chew on.
Sadly, there is nothing new to report for tips this week. That would have been too much to hope for, anyway. There are also no new defectives to review this week.
Here is the last defective PTF rundown for each release: …Read more
April 3, 2019 Doug Bidwell
This week in the IBM i PTF Guide, we are obsessing about security. There is a security bulletin out that explains that there are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Java SDK and IBM Java Runtime that affect IBM i. There is consequently a new Java Group for all three releases – IBM i 7.1, IBM i 7.2, and IBM i 7.3. See this link for further details.
There is also a separate security bulletin, CVE-2018-14647, relating to Python that affects IBM i, and this affects all three currently supported releases as well. See this link for the scoop. For Python 2.7 …Read more
March 27, 2019 Doug Bidwell
So brace yourself. HIPERs, Backup and Recovery, and QMGTOOLS are all new this week, and there is this little gem of a security bulletin: Vulnerabilities CVE-2018-5407 and CVE-2018-0734 in OpenSSL affect IBM i. That second one is elegant but deadly!
The link for this fix can be found here, and the fixes are here:
- Release 7.2/7.3 – SI68727
- Release 7.1 – SI68726
And don’t forget about this security bulletin: Vulnerabilities CVE-2019-5739 and CVE-2019-5737 in Node.js that affects IBM i. The link for this vulnerability is here, and this affects IBM i 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1. For Node.jsv6, SI69165 …Read more
March 20, 2019 Doug Bidwell
Enjoy the quiet while you can, there are no new cumes or groups for any release this week. However, regarding updating QMGTOOLS, here is the command that checks for and pulls down the update if necessary, then installs it:
You might want to think about putting this command into your scheduler for every Sunday morning.
There are no new defectives this week, but once again here is the most recent defective PTF rundown (The last defective for each release):
Defect Defective APAR Fixing Date PTF PTF -------- -------- ------- ------- 7.3 03/05/19 MF65608 MA47478 MF65690 (Available!) MF65603 MF65584… Read more
March 13, 2019 Doug Bidwell
All you people looking for some PTF action, you have some stuff to keep you busy this week. So grab the coffee and let’s get going. First of all, there are new HIPERs for IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3, as well as Database group PTFs for IBM i 7.3. And don’t forget to check the defectives below.
As for new links in the IBM i PTF Guide sheet this week, try these on for size:
- System: IBM Administration Runtime Expert (ARE) for i
- PTF: Temporary Storage PTFs – All Releases
And now, for your weekly tip: Before there …Read more
March 4, 2019 Doug Bidwell
This week, the new PTFs coming out of IBM are just for WebSphere Application Server 8.5, and only on IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3. There isn’t much going on otherwise, and this is a blessing, most definitely not a curse.
I have added a bunch of new links to the spreadsheet that encompasses the IBM i PTF Guide, and these include:
- IWS/IAS: How To Change the Ports Used by IBM IAS v8.5 and IWS v2.6 Servers
- WireShark: Instructions for Collecting a Wireshark PC Sniffer Trace
- AFP: Are AFP Utilities and AFP supported on IBM i 7.3?
And …Read more
February 25, 2019 Doug Bidwell
Right off the bat, there are new High Impact and Pervasive (HIPER) PTFs for IBM i 7.1, IBM 7.2., and IBM i 7.3, which are the three currently support releases of the operating system. (Well, IBM i 7.1 is on extended support, not full support, so that is like having 2.5 or 2.75 releases, depending on how you want to do that math.) So, by all means, get hyper about HIPERs and get a-moving.
As far as new links in the accompanying sheet for the IBM i PTF Guide goes, there was nothing of note this week. But check back …Read more
February 18, 2019 Doug Bidwell
As you will see in the most recent IBM i PTF Guide, there was not a lot going on this week. It looks like somebody at IBM might be taking some time off. That’s the way it goes some weeks, and we call it a win if there is not a lot of patching that is going on. That said, there are probably a bunch of you that might be a little bit behind in applying PTFs – this kind of thing happens. And if you ever get truly behind and need some help sorting it all out, don’t …Read more
February 11, 2019 Doug Bidwell
In this week’s issue, take note of the Defective PTFs for your release (see details below) with an issue of Ethernet frames being dropped running on IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3.
MF65215 – SAL Cannot Search From or To 20 – This is new in the Hardware and related PTFs group:
- V7R3 SF99875
- V7R2 SF99775
- V7R1 SF99705
If you’re migrating from Power8 to Power9, you are gonna want to get the latest HIPER group. There is a HIPER fix for:
- 7.3 MF65605
- 7.2 MF65606
This fixes a subsystem startup failure after migration. You are gonna want it!
New …Read more