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Kernel Sufficient?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by xxkylexx, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. xxkylexx

    xxkylexx Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,
    Just requested that my management company upgrade my kernel to the most latest, stable, and secure version.

    They responded back after they had complete it and said that it was upgraded to 2.6.17.4. This is a CentOS 4.4 i686 machine.

    I'm not too technical and knowledgeable about this kind of stuff (which is why I let them take care of things like this), but it seems to be that this is an old kernel? When I look at kernel.org it says the latest is 2.6.20.1.

    Is this 2.6.17.4 safe and sufficient on my box?

    Thanks much,
    Kyle
     
  2. cPanelKenneth

    cPanelKenneth cPanel Development
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    Kernels provided by the OS Vendor (usually) undergo a more strenuous testing process than the kernels on kernel.org

    In fact, the official stance of the Linux Kernel Devellopment Team is end users should be using the Vendor supplied kernels.

    The kernel in CentOS is provided by RedHat (CentOS simply beng a re-branding of RedHat Enterprise Linux). It has undergone and passed certain tests, thus is deemed stable by the RedHat QA process.
     
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    Did they add any patch to the kernel like grsecurity? If so then you can't use the latest release provided on kernel.org, only what the patch is built for (19.2) last time I checked.

    This does seem a bit older, have you tried asking them?
     
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