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23 Jul 2015
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Kernel Zones support in 12.3 [44628]
how-to explains how you can discover existing kernel zones

Owen Allen blogs, "One of the new features in Ops Center 12.3 is support for Oracle Solaris kernel zones. I wanted to talk a bit about this, because there are some caveats, and a new document to help you with using this type of zone.

Kernel zones differ from other zones in that they have a separate kernel and OS from the global zone..."
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14 Jul 2015
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Solaris Kernel Zones Verified Boot [44160]
in Oracle Solaris 11.3

Dan anderson writes, "Oracle Solaris 11.3 introduces Kernel Zones Verified Boot. To review, both Solaris Verified Boot and Kernel Zones were introduced in Solaris 11.2.

  • Solaris Verified Boot verifies the RSA digital signatures of Solaris kernel modules before execution. For more information, see my blog on Solaris Verified Boot
  • Solaris Kernel Zones partitions Solaris into multiple virtual computers each running their own independent Solaris kernel
  • Solaris 11.3 extends Verified Boot functionality to Kernel Zones

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13 Jul 2015
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Oracle Solaris 11.3 Blog Posts [44424]
Part Two

Larry Wake writes, "We've got another wave of blog posts related to last week's beta release of Oracle Solaris 11.3. (If you haven't seen the first round of 30+ posts, feel free to take a look at those, too.)
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07 Jul 2015
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Release of Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta [44145]
Making Solaris the most advanced enterprise cloud platform

Markus Flierl blogs, that Oracle released, "a beta for Solaris 11.3, less than a year after we released Solaris 11.2.

With Solaris 11.2 we turned Solaris into a comprehensive cloud platform which includes virtualization, SDN and OpenStack. Since the release of Solaris 11.2 we've seen a rapid uptake of these new capabilities: A lot of customers a using Unified Archives for deploying their images, are taking advantage of the immutable root-file system, have started to deploy Kernel Zones and OpenStack and take advantage of the automated compliance reporting. The latter has become a lot easier since we are tracking the CVE meta data with IPS..."
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07 Jul 2015
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Selected FOSS Evaluation Packages [44154]
Evaluation copies of new and updated versions of selected FOSS components

"Oracle announced a new program to provide customers with evaluation copies of new and updated versions of selected FOSS components ahead of officially supported Oracle Solaris product releases.

The first set of packages -- utilities, services, productivity tools, and developer tools -- will be available today at the Oracle Solaris product release repository for customers running Oracle Solaris 11.2 GA. The source code used to build the components is available at the Solaris Userland Project on Java.net. The packages are not supported through any Oracle support channels. Customers can use the software at their own risk..."
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23 Jun 2015
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The Solaris 10 Recommended patchset really does contain ALL available OS security fixes! [43640]
By Gerry Haskins

Gerry Haskins writes, "Apologies for the rather exasperated tone of this post, but if I had a $1 for every time a 3rd party security scanning tool falsely reported that we're missing a security fix in the Solaris 10 Recommended patchset...

Let me assure you, the Solaris 10 Recommended patchset really does contain all available security fixes for the Solaris OS*.

* In deference to Murphy's Law, I'd better insert a disclaimer that I'm sure there'll be a security fix at some future point in time which is toxic and we may hold off including it until we mitigate its toxicity, but I can't think of a single case where that's occurred in the last 16 years, so let's call that a very rare corner case.

As explained in a previous post, we include the minimum patch revision required to address a security vulnerability..."
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