Keeping your systems up-to-date is a critical part of any system administrator's job. Keeping yourself up-to-date with when updates are released can be even more challenging! In order to make your life a little easier, Oracle has several notification mechanisms to ensure that you're always alerted when an updated package is released.
Oracle Linux is the perfect distribution for development because it's free to download, distribute and use. These days, we're also providing lots of developer-oriented content, including previews of Oracle Container Services for use with Kubernetes, our Terraform Provider for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and our build of the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux.
Because this content is provided without support, updates are not announced via the errata mailing lists. Instead, we provide the What's New page on the Oracle Linux Yum Server that lists all the packages that have been added or updated across our development channels.
One of the simplest notification options is to subscribe to the Errata Announcements for Oracle Linux mailing list. Every update to every package in Oracle Linux is announced, along with any applicable CVEs and an overview of the security or bug fix addressed in the update. We also maintain an archive of previous announcements which can be reviewed at any time.
An equivalent mailing list is also available for Oracle VM updates.
Oracle maintains a list of all errata and CVEs published on the Unbreakable Linux Network, which includes the date of release. If you need to know if a particular CVE has been addressed, this is the best resource to use.
We also publish errata and CVE information as metadata within our Yum repositories. This is used by the Yum Security plugin to allow you to limit Yum operations to security updates.