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Solaris 9 exiting Extended Support period

Gerry Haskins
Director Security and Release Management

Solaris 9 is exiting Extended Support and entering Sustaining Support.

In accordance with the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Software and Operating Systems, http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-hardware-301321.pdf (Page 37), and http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/hardware-systems-support-policies-069182.pdf (Pages 6 and 9), all patches created during the Extended Support period will revert to "Operating System" access entitlement on MOS so they are available to all customers will a valid support contract, not just those that purchased Extended Support.

There will be a final patch release cycle in November for both Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 to release bug fixes currently in process. 

After that, there'll be no new Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 patches created.  All existing patches will remain available.

It's time to move to Solaris 11.2! 

You can even run Solaris 10 guest domains under a Solaris 11 Control Domain and run Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 branded zones in your Solaris 10 guest domains if you really want to.

Or you can leverage our Binary Compatibility Guarantee to run your apps natively on Solaris 11 and enjoy the vast performance and maintainability benefits that Solaris 11.2 brings.

Please see my equivalent Solaris 11 blog, https://blogs.oracle.com/Solaris11Life to get an idea of the vast improvements Solaris 11 brings over Solaris 8/9/10, including a much improved maintenance experience with no more patches!

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Comments ( 4 )
  • guest Friday, June 26, 2015

    Can anyone explain to me the deal with support for Solaris9 Branded Zones? We moved our old Solaris 9 boxes to BZ within Solaris10, so are we running Solaris9 or are we running a Solaris9 emulation via Solaris10, so do any security patches to Solaris 10 protect these BZ or not? It's all very confusing as I'm hearing different things!



  • Gerry Monday, August 24, 2015

    Hi Dan,

    Interesting question.

    If it's a Kernel issue, then yes, Solaris 10 security patches are likely protecting your Solaris 9 BZ.

    If it's "Userland", e.g. OpenSSL or BIND, then no.

    By keeping both the Solaris 10 global zone and Solaris 9 Branded Zone patched, you're covered.

    Best Wishes,


  • Juan Monday, September 7, 2015

    Hi, i would want to know if is possible to have Solaris 8-9 Sustaining Support for non-Oracle HW.

    I have been checking Solaris For Non-Oracle HW and only Solaris 10 or 11 is mentioned within HCL list.


  • guest Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Hi Juan,

    Interesting question.

    I would imagine Sustaining Support would continue to be available on non-Oracle HW too, but best to check directly with support by filing an SR.

    Best Wishes,


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