IBM BigFix Patches for RHEL now has an enhanced supersedence logic for RHEL 6 and RHEL 7 Fixlet content and packages.
The enhancement, which officially goes into effect in February 14, 2017, is part of the BigFix team's commitment to continuous improvement. The enhancement also accommodates the transition from the Red Hat Network (RHN) hosted interface to Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) hosted interface on July 31, 2017.
Note: The enhanced supersedence logic will not be applied to RHEL 5 and RHEL 6 on System z content. These 2 sets of content will use the existing supersedence logic.
Why is the supersedence logic being changed?
The main reason for the change is to improve Fixlet accuracy by ensuring supersedence only on Fixlets that contain superseded packages. Additionally, changes are made in line with Red Hat's interface shift from Red Hat Network (RHN) hosted to Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) that is happening in July 2017.
What is being changed in the supersedence logic?
The new supersedence logic works by inspecting the packages in a Fixlet. If the Fixlet conditions match the set criteria for supersedence, only then will it be marked as superseded. Supersedence takes into effect when the packages have the same flavor, and the superseding package has a later released version.
* Patches for RHEL 6 - Native Tools, version 274.
* Patches for RHEL 7 site, version 128.
* BigFix post about the RHEL 5 end of life and RHN sunset: http://bit.ly/2lHdssx
* Red Hat's post on the RHN Classic to RHSM Transition: https://access.redhat.com/products/red-hat-subscription-management
Application Engineering team
IBM BigFix Patch