My colleague, Mike Brown, has published this knowledge article which you may wish to bookmark, pointing to frequently accessed Oracle Solaris patch deliverables, including the Recommended patch clusters, quarterly Critical Patch Updates (CPUs), Solaris Update Patch Bundles, patch utilitiy patches, patchdiag.xref, the checksums file, and the LU Zones Starter Patch Bundle.
Also, here's a cut-and-paste of my response to some comments posted regarding finding Oracle Sun patches on My Oracle Support (MOS) which I hope you'll find useful.
To get the Solaris patch clusters and patch bundles, use the "Product or Family (Advanced Search)" option on the "Patches & Updates" tab. Select:
...and it'll return all Solaris 10 patch clusters and patch bundles. This includes the Solaris OS Recommended Patch Clusters, the Solaris Update Patch Bundles, the Solaris OS Critical Patch Updates (CPUs), Live Upgrade (LU) Zones Patch Bundle, etc.
You can add further search filters, e.g. Platform is Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit), to further refine the results.
Using "Platform" is useful to eliminate the double-entries for 32-bit and 64-bit. These dual returns are a pet peeve of mine and I'm continuing to work with the MOS team to get this "fixed" in a future release. They are an historical artifact from Oracle DB platform porting and are not relevant to the Solaris OS.
Note that the alternative option for "Type" is "Patch", which can be used to search for individual patches.
Please note that you can see all revisions of a patch by searching with the format 119254-% . The "-" (dash) is required in the current version of MOS.
You can also search for words included in the Patch Synopsis by using the Description field. For example:
In the example above, the Description option searches for the phrase "patch utilities" in the Synopsis line of patches. This returns the Solaris 10 SPARC patch utility patches.
Since the synopsis line of patches is free format, some guesswork is involved in searching using this method. For example "patch utility" returns nothing. "IP" returns more than just TCP/IP related patches.
Alternatively, you can use "Classification", which can be set to "Security" to return Security patches.
Click on the "Updated" column in the search returns to get these listed from earliest to latest or vice versa.
Firmware updates are also available from My Oracle Support.
My understanding is that MOS currently limits search results to 100 entries in the current version and again I'm discussing "fixing" this with the MOS team in a later release.
Searches can be edited and saved for re-use at a later date. MOS also remembers selections you've made in previous sessions which is a useful feature.
A "Classification" of "Other Recommended" rather logically will give other non-security recommended patches included in the Solaris OS Recommended Patch Cluster. (In MOS terminology, "Security" and "Other Recommended" together are equivalent of the old Sun "Recommended" term.) But if you want to know exactly what's in the Solaris OS Recommended Patch Cluster, it's easier to simply look at the patch list in the Cluster README.
As discussed in the http://blogs.sun.com/patch/entry/solaris_10_recommended_patching_strategy which I published last week, we're really trying to encourage customers to move away from selecting unique patch combinations and to instead use the Solaris OS patch clusters and patch bundles as the core of your patching strategy.
But there is still occasionally the need to search for individual patches to address specific issues.
If you are looking for individual patches to address a specific CR, then use "Patch Name, Number, or Sun CR ID" search option instead of "Product or Family (Advanced Search)". For example, enter Sun CR ID 6927931 and patch 119254-78 is returned which is the patch in which the CR is fixed. A CR which was fixed a long time ago, e.g. 6486471, will return all patch revisions which contain the fix, so you can decide whether you want to take the latest patch revision which fixes it or the earliest.
As I say, I'm continuing to work with the MOS team to enhance the customer experience further, but I hope you find the above tips helpful.
A colleague in MOS has kindly forwarded a link to a tutorial on the PowerView feature in MOS which you may find useful.