RHEL patch add-ons: Overview

Read a brief introduction to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) patch add-ons.

BigFix content that supports Red Hat’s Extended Update Support (EUS) and Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS) patching program is available as an add-on to the BigFix Patch, BigFix Lifecycle and BigFix Compliance products.

This guide describes how to enable and use the BigFix EUS/ELS patch content for RHEL.

BigFix ELS Fixlet content is available for RHEL 5 and 6 with BigFix Extended Patch For RHEL 5 & 6 and supports keeping RHEL 5.11 and 6.10 endpoints up-to-date with ELS patches that Red Hat released.

BigFix EUS content is available for RHEL 5, 6, 7, and 8 with BigFix Extended Patch For RHEL and supports keeping RHEL 7 and RHEL 8 computers secure at specific minor release patch levels, such as RHEL 8.1.

Red Hat’s EUS and ELS patches are treated the same as standard Red Hat patches in that they require a paid subscription from Red Hat. Access to Red Hat patches is controlled through subscription certificates and the Red Hat Subscription Management plug-in. The goal of the BigFix patch add-on products is to facilitate a continuation of your organization’s current patch process into the extended support period.