Solaris 10 8/11 (Update 10) Patchset now available

Hi Folks,

The Solaris 10 8/11 (Update 10) patchset is now available from My Oracle Support.  Here's direct links to the common README and the SPARC and x86 downloads.  You need to be logged into MOS and have a valid support contract associated with your account in order to download the patchsets.

BTW: Please see my previous blog posting for details on other useful direct links to Solaris patch downloads and metadata.

As you may know by now, these patchsets will bring all pre-existing packages up to the same software level as the corresponding Solaris Update.  For example, all ZFS and Zones functionality is entirely contained in pre-existing packages, so applying the patchset will provide all the ZFS and Zones functionality and bug fixes contained in the corresponding Solaris Update.  

When we release the Solaris Update patchset, we try to fix any serious late breaking issues found with the corresponding Solaris Update patchset.  A list of additional patches added and the Caveats they address is contained in the patchset README.

Applying the patchset is not the same as upgrading to the Solaris Update release, as the patchset will not include any new packages introduced in the Solaris Update or any obsolete packages deleted in the Update.   

Please see this blog posting for lists of the new packages introduced in each Solaris Update to see if any of them are relevant to you.  If they are, then upgrade to a release which provides them.  If they're not, then applying the patchset may be a reasonable alternative to update your Solaris system. 

As with previous Updates, there are a small number of "special" or "script" patches whose sole purpose is to correct issues in the pre-application of patches to the Solaris Update release image.  Since these patches have no purpose whatsoever outside of the Solaris Update build process, they are not released to SunSolve/MOS.   Newer "special" patches have PatchIDs of the format 800xxx to make them easily identifiable, but old "special"/"script" patches are identifable by the words "SPECIAL PATCH" and/or "script patch" in the patch synopsis.  They are listed at the end of the SPARC and x86 patch lists.

Health Warning: Do not manually apply packages from a later Solaris release to an earlier Solaris release (e.g. by pulling individual packages from an ISO image) as this will result in an inconsistent system state which may lead to system corruption unless careful post-processing is done at the time such packages are applied to ensure that any patches applied to either the pre-existing packages on the system or pre-applied to the new packages been added are reapplied to the system to ensure both the pre-existing and new packages are at the same patch level.  Failure to do this will compromise the patch utilities ability to resolve patch dependencies leading to undefined results.  Even if you take the above steps, Support are likely to frown upon such shenanigans.  So don't do it.  If you need new packages, upgrade to a release which provides them.  Note, Live Upgrade packages are the only exception to this rule and the procedure for them is specified in the Live Upgrade documentation.  

Best Wishes,



I wonder why Oracle do it so hard and complicated to download patches?
Doesn't Oracle want that customers patch their systems?
What's so secret about patches that you have to have account, then to be authorized.
You can loose your authorization even when you have a service agreement!

It's too complicated and too uncomfortable for your customers, Oracle!

It's time to reconsider our next buy of server...

Posted by guest on October 12, 2011 at 05:29 AM IST #

Oracle is profitable and sun wasn't..that is the difference.. Any big company.. IBM AIX, HP-UX, Enterprise SUSE are going to make you for support before providing patches. In my opinion, Oracle has made the process easier and it is more documented.

Posted by guest on October 28, 2011 at 03:48 PM IST #

Will applying this update, Update 10, include or update all patches from CPUs, and Recommended Updates from Update 9 forward?

Posted by guest on November 18, 2011 at 02:43 PM GMT #


The Update 10 patchset contains all patches which were available at the time it was created, including all CPU and Recommended Updates.

However, new Recommended patches could have been released since the contents of Update 10 were finalized.

So it's always best practice to apply the latest Solaris 10 Recommended Patchset on top of an Update or Update patchset.

'patchadd' is efficient at skipping patches which need not be (re)applied to the system, so there's no real penalty in doing this.

The CPUs are simply archived copies of the Recommended patchset at any point in time, so the Recommended patchset will always be a superset of any CPU.

Best Wishes,


Posted by Gerry Haskins on November 29, 2011 at 05:46 AM GMT #

hi all
does anybody knows how I can download the solaris 10 update 10 ISO-Files to insert this within my jumpstart (JET) media folder ?

thx a lot if somebody can help me...
kind regards

Posted by guest on January 30, 2012 at 03:03 PM GMT #

Hi Dominik,

Go to, click Downloads, select Solaris, click Solaris 10 in left hand menu, click Downloads, and viola!

This is the full Solaris 10 8/11 (Update 10) release image.

Best Wishes,


Posted by Gerry Haskins on April 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM IST #

Thought I'd make a clarification from what I read above concerning a Solaris 10 Update 10 patchset. Update revs include new features that can only be gained by installing/upgrading from DVD/ISO installation. Patching only updates packages that are already installed. A true upgrade from DVD/ISO will add new packages, with the new features. This may not be as important for Sol10u10, but is true for all updates.

Live Upgrade is your friend.

Posted by guest on April 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM IST #

I noticed that the README for this Bundle/Patchet is:

With previous Bundles, you could access README's at:

Or even:

Is there a similar URL to the two above for this Solaris 10 8/11 Patchset/Bundle?

I also noticed that even newer Cluster/Patchsets released after this Bundle are available at similar URL's:

Is there a reason this particular Bundle was excluded from this "old" style URL? I'd like to access it that way to keep our scripts consistent with the other READMEs who all use the old style.

Posted by guest on May 04, 2012 at 11:01 PM IST #


How can I know latest patch details for my sun boxes released in last six months?

Thank You,

Posted by snehal on February 22, 2013 at 07:19 AM GMT #

Hi Snehal,

Go to

Click on the "Patches & Updates" tab, then click on "Products & Family (Advanced)". For Product, enter "Solaris Operating System". Select the Solaris Release(s) and platforms you are interested in - for example, "Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)".

Sort the results by the "Updated" column to see what's been released in the last 6 months.

Alternatively, just download the latest Recommended Patchset - by adding the filter "Type" = "Patchset" to the search options.

This will provide you with all the most important Solaris patches in a single bundle with a simple to use installation script.

Best Wishes,


Posted by guest on April 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM IST #

How will i know that my machine is having Solaris 10 9/10 or Solaris 10 8/11???
# uname -a
SunOS AirtelZmMinsat 5.10 Generic_142909-17 sun4v sparc SUNW,SPARC-Enterprise-T5220

Posted by guest on July 09, 2013 at 11:31 AM IST #

Guess wrote:

> How will i know that my machine is having Solaris 10 9/10 or Solaris 10 8/11???


# cat /etc/release

See also my "Solaris 10 Kernel PatchID sequence" post.

Best Wishes,


Posted by Gerry Haskins on September 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM IST #


We want to download Update 10 for Solaris 10. Now that Update 11 is available, how can we get access to Update 10.
What sort of support contract is necessary for accessing Update 10 now and how to order for that support.

We are based out of India


Posted by Ravi on March 13, 2014 at 09:19 AM GMT #

Hi Ravi,

Apologies for my delay in responding.

Please contact support. They should be able to provide you with Update 10.

Apply the recommended patchset on top of Update 10 to get the latest critical fixes.

Best Wishes,


Posted by Gerry on July 04, 2014 at 03:00 PM IST #

we need the patchset for our solaris 10 update 10

Posted by david on August 14, 2014 at 02:41 PM IST #

Hi David,

To patch Solaris 10 Update 10 or any other Solaris 10 version, simply use the latest Solaris 10 OS Recommended patch set available from MOS. See the relevant blog postings on

Best Wishes,


Posted by Gerry Haskins on August 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM IST #

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