By Eric Reid-ISV Engineering-Oracle on Apr 18, 2016
Last December, we told you about IBM's GSKit and how it now allows several popular IBM products seamless access to Oracle SPARC hardware encryption capabilities. We thought we'd create a quick Springtime update of that information for our partners and customers.
Obtaining The Proper Version of GSKit
GSKit is bundled with each product that makes use of it; over time, new product releases will incorporate GSKit v8 by default. Until then, the latest GSKit v8 for SPARC/Solaris is available on IBM Fix Central, for download and upgrade into existing products. Installation instructions can be found here.
The support described above is available in GSKit v184.108.40.206 and later. As of April, 2016, the latest GSKit v220.127.116.11 is available for download from Fix Central.
IBM Products that currently make use of GSKit v8 on Solaris (and therefore could take advantage of SPARC on-chip data encryption automatically) include (but are not limited to):
|Product||Versions w/bundled GSKit v18.104.22.168 or later||Versions requiring manual update of GSKit|
|DB2||v9.7 FP11, v10.1 FP5, v10.5 FP7|
|HTTP Server||iFix available for v8.0 and v8.5|
|Security Directory Server (fka Tivoli Directory Server)||v6.3 and later certified with GSKit 22.214.171.124|
|Informix IDS||v11.70 and v12.10 fix available which updates to GSKit 126.96.36.199|
|Cognos BI Server||v10.2.2 IF008 and later|
|Spectrum Protect (fka Tivoli Storage Manager)||v7.1.5 and later|
|WebSphere MQ||v8 Fix Pack 188.8.131.52 and later|
Determining Current GSKit Version
- $ /opt/ibm/gsk8/bin/gsk8ver # 32-bit version
- $ /opt/ibm/gsk8_64/bin/gsk8ver_64 # 64-bit version