Welcome to 2020! I can't believe we're 1/12th of the way through already...
To give you a single place to keep up with Exadata technical news, we'll post Exadata System Software releases here on blogs.oracle.com/exadata as soon as they are available. This post details the January 2020 releases.
Exadata System Software 18.104.22.168.0 Update is now generally available. 22.214.171.124.0 is a maintenance release that adds critical bug fixes and security fixes on top of 19.3.X releases. It contains the following:
Customers reviewing Exadata Storage Software Release 126.96.36.199.0 should uptake 188.8.131.52.0 or higher. For further information, see:
Exadata System Software 184.108.40.206.0 Update is now generally available. 220.127.116.11.0 is a maintenance release that adds critical bug fixes and security fixes on top of 19.2.X releases. It contains the following:
18.104.22.168.0 is the best upgrade target for customers who want to move to Oracle Linux 7. Customers upgrading to Oracle Database 19c will have to upgrade Exadata to 19.2.X.0.0. For further information, see:
Exadata System Software 22.214.171.124.0 Update is now generally available. 126.96.36.199.0 is a maintenance release that adds critical bug fixes and security fixes on top of 18.1.X releases. It contains the following:
188.8.131.52.0 is the best upgrade target for customers who want to continue to use Oracle Linux 6. 184.108.40.206.8 which was released in July 2018 is the last patch in the 12.2.x line, so customers should plan to update to 18.1.x.0.0.
Please refer to MOS Document 888828.1 for important considerations before upgrading to the latest Exadata System Software release. As stated, before updating database servers (non-OVM and OVM domU) to Exadata 18.1.5 or higher, ensure ACFS drivers that support the most efficient CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre Variant 2) mitigation are installed. These updated ACFS drivers, required for Exadata versions >= 220.127.116.11.0 and >= 18.104.22.168.7, are included in the July 2018 quarterly database releases. Quarterly database releases from April 2018 and earlier still require a separate ACFS patch. See MOS Document 2356385.1 for details.
MOS Document 2357480.1 discusses the performance impact of mitigation measures against CVE-2017-5754, CVE-2017-5753, and CVE-2017-5715 on Oracle Database, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance.
Database servers that have been customized by installing third-party kernel drivers must contact the third-party vendor to obtain updated third-party drivers. See MOS Document 2356385.1 for details. For further information, see:
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