Security Advisory Low: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Three-Month Retirement Notice

Advisory: RHSA-2016:2997-1
Type: Security Advisory
Severity: Low
Issued on: 2016-12-22
Last updated on: 2016-12-22
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)


This is the Three-Month notification for the retirement of Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 5. This notification applies only to those customers subscribed to the
channel for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

In accordance with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Errata Support Policy, support
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will be retired on March 31, 2017, at the end of
Production Phase 3. Until that date, customers will continue to receive Critical
impact security patches and selected Urgent priority bug fixes for RHEL 5.11
(the final RHEL 5 release). On that date, active support included with your RHEL
Premium or Standard subscription will conclude. This means that customers will
continue to have access to all previously released content. In addition, limited
technical support will be available through Red Hat's Global Support Services as
described in the Knowledge Base article available at (under "non-current minor release").

However, we recognize that some customers will wish to remain on Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5 even after the March 31, 2017 retirement date. To meet this
customer requirement, Red Hat will offer customers the option to purchase the
Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS) Add-On as an annually renewable subscription.
This ELS Add-On provides customers with up to an additional three and a half
(3.5) years of Critical impact security fixes and selected Urgent priority bug
fixes for RHEL 5.11. RHEL 5 ELS coverage will conclude on November 30, 2020.

Note that the RHEL 5 ELS Add-On is available for the x86 (32- and 64-bit)
architecture only. The RHEL 5 ELS Add-On is not available for the Itanium

To enjoy even more comprehensive product support, we encourage customers to
migrate from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to a more recent version. As a benefit
of the Red Hat subscription, customers may use their active subscriptions to
entitle any system on any currently supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux release.

Instructions for migrating from RHEL 5 to RHEL7 are available at Red Hat also offers a Pre-upgrade
Assistant tool to aid with the migration of RHEL 5 systems to RHEL 7. For more
information about this tool, please see

Details of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux life cycle can be found here:


This advisory contains an updated redhat-release package, that provides a copy
of this end of life notice in the "/usr/share/doc/" directory.

Updated packages

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)

File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: 0cac5d68352f5d4cb5932822027bfb39
SHA-256: 0b912c37b2ac6ae2379bb557fab89eab74b5c1b34f43dbc97a92563bcd3b1b82
File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: a0cfd2365c8c8c37ac415e6064d48cb8
SHA-256: e4c18811999bd21b8d6599992c913129cb66a46957392e068a5784bc7475ddf2
File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: 227091a97adcb13afc7787352fc0515f
SHA-256: 990a7771c07e6ea632ad536c69d794926482b213ffc21c5a5ac147b96e732398
File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: bedca677352cd7455dd19fc1b57784c2
SHA-256: e01bc4ecefbc50b380be04db3fccbe9121fda175673a787e8bff7896adc7515c
File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: 5cff3c111a3ae5e5aa46ab7b5acbfbd7
SHA-256: 608cb0d6d379bd984425045c95bdad8c3148dd02c8e8526a954b076bc43ae35a
File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: 6424c01711be732d769f42887033d040
SHA-256: 76eb3a5e78747286d209df5858bb2be9e4f6d337ba2bc6960368069e4478b33b
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: c13db81f73f0455fa6d53bddd775f559
SHA-256: 2be74f27c1d8515dc76bd361b308acd8de8baed30ec882ae4a4d5549197cae75
File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: 9ca6b7ce1af3c6985904a3622312a83e
SHA-256: 1fec9f6ece8131e9ca882d9f19ce8b7498916876281d11b304be8655d33ef3b4
File outdated by:  RHSA-2017:0862
    MD5: 7e013f786460880b42fdccb356407f99
SHA-256: db59381b514cc278d2008e478252cf111c827cca5a0fabf6e2db9131e2e01f64
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)


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