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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Low: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 - 30 day End Of Life Notice
1 February 2012
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Publisher: Red Hat
Operating System: Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 4
Impact/Access: Reduced Security -- Unknown/Unspecified
Comment: Please note, this is the 30 day to End of Life notification for
RHEL 4, not the final End of Life notification.
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Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Low: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 - 30 day End Of Life Notice
Advisory ID: RHSA-2012:0073-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0073.html
Issue date: 2012-01-31
This is the 30 day notification of the End Of Life plans for Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 4.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 4 - i386, ia64, ppc, s390, s390x, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop version 4 - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4 - i386, ia64, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 4 - i386, ia64, x86_64
In accordance with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Errata Support Policy,
the 7 year life-cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 will end on February
29, 2012 and your subscription services for that version will change.
Active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers using Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 4 will have the option to upgrade to currently supported versions
of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and receive the full benefits of the
After February 29, 2012, Red Hat will discontinue technical support
services as well as software maintenance services for Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 4 meaning that new bug fixes, security errata and product
enhancements will no longer be provided for the following products:
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4
* Red Hat Desktop 4
* Red Hat Global File System 4
* Red Hat Cluster Suite 4
Customers who choose to continue to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
offerings will continue to have access via Red Hat Network (RHN) to the
following content as part of their active Red Hat Enterprise Linux
* Previously released bug fixes, security errata and product
* Red Hat Knowledge Base and other content (whitepapers, reference
architectures, etc) found in the Red Hat Customer Portal.
* All Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 documentation.
Customers are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the upgrade
benefits of their active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription and
migrate to an active version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux such as
version 5 or 6.
For customers who are unable to migrate off Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
before its end-of-life date and require software maintenance and/or
technical support, Red Hat offers an optional support extension called
the Extended Life-cycle Support (ELS) Add-On Subscription. The ELS
Subscription provides up to three additional years of limited Software
Maintenance (Production 3 Phase) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 with
unlimited technical support, critical Security Advisories (RHSAs) and
selected Urgent Priority Bug Advisories (RHBAs). For more information,
contact your Red Hat sales representative or channel partner.
Details of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux life-cycle can be found on the
Red Hat website: https://access.redhat.com/support/policy/updates/errata/
This advisory contains an updated redhat-release package, that provides a
copy of this end of life notice in the "/usr/share/doc/" directory.
5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):
761581 - Send Out RHEL 4 30 day EOL Notice
6. Package List:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 4:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop version 4:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 4:
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
The Red Hat security contact is <firstname.lastname@example.org>. More contact
details at https://access.redhat.com/security/team/contact/
Copyright 2012 Red Hat, Inc.
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