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V8: Difference between FP7 and FP7a?

What fixpak should we use fro a production machine? FP7 or FP7a? What's
the difference?

Regards,
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Burkhard Schultheis
Tele Data Electronic, Wagnerstr. 10, D-76448 Durmersheim
Email: sc********@tde-online.de
Phone: +49-7245-9287-21, Fax: +49-7245-9287-30
Nov 12 '05 #1
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Burkhard Schultheis schrieb:
What fixpak should we use fro a production machine? FP7 or FP7a? What's
the difference?


Now I see, there is a FP7a for AIX 4.3.3, but not for Linux IA32, only a
checksum file! What's with the fixpak?

Regards,
--
Burkhard Schultheis
Tele Data Electronic, Wagnerstr. 10, D-76448 Durmersheim
Email: sc********@tde-online.de
Phone: +49-7245-9287-21, Fax: +49-7245-9287-30
Nov 12 '05 #2
FP6 and FP7, have both been replaced with FP6a and FP7a respectively. These
are currently being uploaded to the ftp site
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/ps/products/db2/fixes The uploads should be
finished shortly
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Burkhard Schultheis schrieb:
What fixpak should we use fro a production machine? FP7 or FP7a? What's
the difference?


Now I see, there is a FP7a for AIX 4.3.3, but not for Linux IA32, only a
checksum file! What's with the fixpak?

Regards,
--
Burkhard Schultheis
Tele Data Electronic, Wagnerstr. 10, D-76448 Durmersheim
Email: sc********@tde-online.de
Phone: +49-7245-9287-21, Fax: +49-7245-9287-30

Nov 12 '05 #3
To my knowledge, FP7a has some additional fixes for security problems
discovered in the original FP7 - everything else should be the same.

When IBM discovers a security hole, a top priority is made to address
the problem in all available fixpaks that are identified as containing
it. An example of a problem that would require a security fix would be
a stack overwrites that potentially allowed a user to input malicious
code directly into the executable area. In such cases, the
corresponding fixpaks are pulled and a replacement fixpak with the "a"
suffix is substituted.

No additional functionality beyond addressing the security concern is
added to the "a" fixpaks.

Burkhard Schultheis wrote:
What fixpak should we use fro a production machine? FP7 or FP7a? What's
the difference?

Regards,

Nov 12 '05 #4
> To my knowledge, FP7a has some additional fixes for security problems
discovered in the original FP7 - everything else should be the same.

When IBM discovers a security hole, a top priority is made to address
the problem in all available fixpaks that are identified as containing
it. An example of a problem that would require a security fix would be
a stack overwrites that potentially allowed a user to input malicious
code directly into the executable area. In such cases, the
corresponding fixpaks are pulled and a replacement fixpak with the "a"
suffix is substituted.

No additional functionality beyond addressing the security concern is
added to the "a" fixpaks.

Fixpak 4a contains a fix for a certain SQL statement that returns the wrong
answer. This is obviously also considered an urgent fix, probably more so
than a security problem.
Nov 12 '05 #5

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