[CentOS] Kernel Upgrade and RAID Card

Ryan Nichols rnichols430 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 13 22:25:29 UTC 2008

nate wrote:
> Ryan Nichols wrote:
>> and if i go back to grub take the old kernel its happy..
>> werid..
> Sounds like you should just stick to the old kernel, what's in
> the new kernel that you need anyways? Is the system in a secure
> place?(e.g. separate firewall protecting it, not directly on
> the internet, don't have untrusted users logging in).
> If so, then you really have little to worry about, there is not
> much interesting things released in the newer minor version releases
> of the kernel in RHEL/CentOS. It's that way on purpose.
> In my experience having all your systems completely up to date is
> rare. The environment I stepped into a few months ago for example
> is running RHEL 4 Update 1 for the most part. They still run windows
> 2000 on several systems, and I don't think they've patched them
> recently. But the nature of the environment and the users that
> interact on it don't keep me up at night like a system directly
> connected to the internet with untrusted users. It'll probably
> take me the next 6 months to get everything more up to date in
> this particular environment, it has a lot of interdependencies.
> And by that point it should be easier to manage going forward,
> but we'll still probably won't install updates sooner than
> a month or two after they come out in general because that stuff
> takes time to test and deploy.
> Hopefully your not in a situation where you have untrusted users,
> if so you should replace the hardware with something that is
> better supported, or abstract the exposure to the system with
> something like virtualization, certainly not perfect but it's
> better then nothing, it will help dramatically against the
> most common, casual attacks.
> nate
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We're trying to get support from a 3rd party software we use and they 
are insiting we goto the current versions of everything for there 
software before they'll move forward on the support.

Ryan Nichols

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