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Oracle Linux 8 Update 7 based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 sources has been released.





Oracle Linux 8 Update 7

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce the availability of the Oracle Linux 8 Update 7 release for the 64-bit Intel and AMD (x86_64) and 64-bit Arm (aarch64) platforms. As with all Oracle Linux releases, this release is 100% application binary compatible with the corresponding Red Hat Enterprise Linux release.

Notable changes are in the areas of security and high availability and enable customers to manage their systems more efficiently by simplifying administration tasks and operations at scale.

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Security

  • Network Security Services (NSS) libraries are updated to set the minimum key size for all RSA operations from 128 to 1023 bits.
  • Greater compliance with the DISA's STIG requirements for Oracle Linux 8, part of the updated scap-security-guidepackage.

High availability

  • Enhancements have been introduced for Pacemaker, including "multiple-active", "allow-unhealthy-node", access control lists and UUID for Pacemaker clusters.

Oracle Linux 8 Update 7 also includes bug and security fixes, feature updates, and updated Application Stream modules. It ships with the 

kernel-uek-5.15.0-3.60.5.1
 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 7 and 
kernel-4.18.0-425.3.1
 Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK) packages. For details of the new features, enhancements, and changes, refer to the  Oracle Linux 8 Update 7 Release Notes.

For 64-bit Intel and AMD architectures, Oracle Linux ships with two kernel options, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) and the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK). On the Arm platform, Oracle Linux ships with UEK only.

Note: If you are upgrading from a previous Oracle Linux 8 version, the kernel is not automatically upgraded to UEK R7 across all architectures.

Oracle Linux 8 Update 7 with UEK R7 continues to maintain and grant support for the btrfs file system with Oracle Linux and gives you access to one of the most modern copy on write (COW) file systems for Linux.

The updated AppStream yum repository for Oracle Linux 8 now contains updated modules, which are sets of RPMs that can or must be installed together, and includes packages that provide additional support for a variety of workloads, such as user-space applications, runtime languages, and databases.

Oracle Linux 8 Update 7 simplifies operations at scale
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