HP releases patches to deliver incremental updates to your system.
Patches are best known for delivering defect fixes, but also deliver
new functionality and features, enable new hardware, and update firmware.
You can use HP-UX patches to update HP-UX software without having
to completely reinstall your system application.
Hewlett-Packard provides several methods to patch HP-UX systems:
Standard HP-UX patch bundles
Documentation and References
Standard HP-UX Patch Bundles
The HP-UX OE media provides standard HP-UX patch bundles for
HP-UX core file sets and applications, plus diagnostic products. Standard
patch bundles are collections of patches that have been thoroughly
tested together. These bundles enable new hardware, fix known defects,
and provide diagnostics tools. In some cases, a patch bundle may
deliver new software functionality. All bundle software is cumulative
and replaces completely any previous bundle release for the same operating
system (OS) release. The standard HP-UX patch bundles are also available
on the HP IT Resource Center web site at: http://itrc.hp.com
Individual HP-UX Patches
Individual HP-UX patches comprise the Standard HP-UX patch bundles.
The individual patches and patch bundles are available from the Patch
Database on the HP IT Resource Center web site at: http://itrc.hp.com
At times, you may find it necessary to acquire and install individual
patches, for example, based on known patch IDs, software functionality,
reactive patching, and security issues.
HP-UX Software Assistant
HP-UX Software Assistant (SWA) is a command-line based tool that
consolidates and simplifies patch management and security bulletin
management on HP-UX systems. The SWA tool is new for HP-UX releases
as of January 2007. It includes Security Patch Check (SPC) and is
the HP-recommended utility to use to maintain currency with HP-published
security bulletins for HP-UX software. The bundle name is SwAssistant. The product number is B6834AA. The SWA tool incorporates key functionality from the Security Patch
Check tool (SecPatchCk bundle name), ITRC Patch
Assessment, and more.
The HP-UX Software Assistant website at https://www.hp.com/go/swa provides a product overview, download links, documentation
links, and installation instructions.
Documentation and References
You can find the following documentation on the HP Technical
Documentation Web site at: http://docs.hp.com/
The Patch Management User Guide for HP-UX
11.x Systems provides information and procedures on how
to acquire and install standard HP-UX patch bundles, including the
Hardware Enablement (HWE), Quality Pack (QPK), and FEATURE11i bundles.
Go to the HP Technical Documentation Web site and look for the guide
under the Patch Management Collection.
The IT Resource Center is a good resource for patches,
tools, and information: http://itrc.hp.com
|NOTE: The HP patch resources are for HP-related patches only. To install
or upgrade other vendor patches and applications, refer to the appropriate