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Patching Red Hat

By February 27, 2018 No Comments
Patching Red Hat

As many of you know, RedHat’s enterprise Linux distribution is one of the most popular distros for commercial use of the open-source operating system Linux. RedHat provides maintenance and ongoing support of their Linux distro, in addition to additional features and the stability that comes with utilizing a commercial distribution. Users of the distro can be confident that their version of Linux has been thoroughly tested before release, and that it performs as expected.

RedHat also releases patches and updates for Linux, which are critical for ensuring servers are protected from exploitations of known vulnerabilities, one of the biggest security threats to any company.

However, patching RedHat Linux servers is not always as simple as it seems. Users must download and apply patches themselves, which involves ensuring system requirements are met, and running complex scripts for each update applied. Third-party patch management solutions are often not built for Linux, which means even with guidance from RedHat on what patches are needed, you need to manually ensure patches are applied quickly and across all affected servers.

This can be done using Chef or Puppet, but these options require you to create the patching scripts and manage and update them continuously. Many companies do not have the resources to dedicate this amount of time to patching their RedHat servers, which can lead to them being left unpatched for weeks or months. Given that Linux can include upwards of 10,000 patches with each new version, delaying patch application is risky.

In addition to the difficulties encountered when patching RedHat Linux, you’ll also quickly discover the workflow and tools used to patch RedHat are different than those needed for other Linux distros, not to mention patching for your Windows servers. Using separate tools to patch each operating system, in addition to the numerous third-party applications that run on top of operating systems, is an extremely time-consuming task.

The solution is to use one central patch management tool that has the ability to patch various Linux distributions, including RedHat, in addition to other operating systems and applications such as Adobe and Java.

Automox is a cloud-based patch management solution that is built with modern networks in mind. Rather than focusing on one OS or application, Automox has the ability to patch all devices and servers from a single dashboard. Automox achieves this through a lightweight cloud agent which is installed on all endpoints, and automatically checks for patches and updates from RedHat, other Linux distros, Windows, and Mac OS X.

Using Automox, you immediately gain full visibility into the patch status of your entire infrastructure, even your cloud based infrastructure. Now you can see the real time status of every server across distros and applications, and know where you’re vulnerable.

Unlike many third-party patch management solutions, Automox allows users to set flexible rules to dictate when patches are applied to each OS. This means that patches for RedHat and other systems are quickly and painlessly applied according to your specifications and on your own set schedule.

By automating the patching process, you can reach 100% patch compliance even if you’re running multiple operating systems and Linux distros.

To try Automox as your patching system of record, sign up for our free 15-day trial.

Holly Hamann

Author Holly Hamann

Holly Hamann serves as Automox's Chief Marketing Officer and is an entrepreneur and start-up veteran. She has helped launch six tech companies in the social media, content, video, and marketing software industries and specializes in SaaS software marketing, content marketing, and influencer marketing. She is an American Marketing Association "Marketer of the Year" recipient and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

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