ClickCease Extended Lifecycle Support for Linux

End-of-Life Products Supported by TuxCare

  • Gain years of security patches for end-of-life Linux
  • Eliminate patching-related maintenance windows
  • Automate patches without reboots or downtime

An Unsupported Operating System is a Ticking Time Bomb

Organizations often need to use Linux distributions or languages after the manufacturer ends security support – but cybercriminals continue to look for and exploit vulnerabilities after these products reach end of life (EOL).

With TuxCare’s Extended Lifecycle Support, you can continue to use these systems for up to 4 years past the end-of-life date while we provide you with automated vulnerability patches that don’t require reboots or downtime.

High and Critical CVEs patched by TuxCare since EOL

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Need to Buy Some
Time to Migrate?

Don’t put your business at risk by carrying on
with an unsecured OS.

Until you’re ready to migrate, TuxCare will provide you with
automated vulnerability patches that require:

  • Zero
Reboots
  • Zero Downtime
  • Zero Maintenance Windows

What’s Included in Extended Lifecycle Support?

Easy Setup, No Migration Needed

Simply run a single script to install. No reboot is necessary, so you never interrupt your operations. Just sync to a new repository file and you’re ready to go.

4 Years of Support

Migrating to a supported OS can be a lengthy and expensive process. With TuxCare, you’ll receive rebootless, automated patches for 4 years past the end-of-life date.

Accelerated Patching Timelines

TuxCare quickly delivers automated patches for critical CVEs soon after they go public, enabling you to shrink your vulnerability exposure window while eliminating scheduled downtime.

Critical Package Updates

Your Extended Lifecycle Support subscription includes regular kernel updates plus updates for critical packages including Apache, PHP, MySQL, glibc, OpenSSL/SSH, and more.

Running a supported Linux distribution too?
TuxCare also live patches:

All Popular Linux Distributions

TuxCare live patches 40+ distros, including the most widely-used enterprise Linux systems, without reboots or downtime.

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Shared Libraries

With the LibCare add-on, TuxCare keeps shared libraries like OpenSSL and glibc updated with the latest patches.

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IoT Devices

With KernelCare IoT, manufacturers can live ARM64-based connected devices in embedded Linux ecosystems.

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Databases

Keep databases continuously available while minimizing your maintenance workload with DBCare from TuxCare.

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Virtualization Systems

Automated, rebootless patching for virtual machines in OpenStack, ProxMox or OpenNebula with TuxCare’s QEMUCare.

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Why TuxCare?

We’ve released over 80,000 patches – and growing – without reboots

Infrastructure agnostic: on-premise or cloud
compatible

Out-of-the-box integration with automation tools, vulnerability scanners, and more

Deployment assistance and 24/7 priority support 365 days a year

Need ongoing security patches for
your end-of-life OS or language?

Schedule a chat with one of our end-of-life Linux patching experts

Ready to start securing your environment?

Sign up today and begin your journey to receiving quick,
automated CVE patches for your end-of-life systems

Frequently Asked Questions

Extended Lifecycle Support services provide updated security patches for:

  • The Linux kernel
  • Common shared libraries like glibc, openssh, openssl, and zlib. httpd, mysql, php.
  • Userspace packages.
  • Other packages, including: acl, acpid, at, attr, audit, authconfig, basesystem, bash, bc, blktrace, bridge-utils, busybox, bzip2, crash, cyrus-imapd, cyrus-sasl, db4-utils, device-mapper, dhclient, dhcpv6, dmidecode, dos2unix, dovecot, ed, gcc, gd, gdb, glib2, groff, info, Iptstate, logrotate, lslk, lvm2, makedev, nfs4-acl-tools, nfs-utils, nspr, ntp, opensp, pam, perl, procmail, procps, python, rcs, rds-tools, rhnlib, rsync, rsyslog, setroubleshoot, setserial, setup, sos, stunnel, tzdata, vim, wget, yum-metadata-parser, yum-rhn-plugin

We currently support CentOS 6, CentOS 7, CentOS 8, Oracle Linux 6, and Ubuntu 16.04. If you have a specific use case for a distribution that is not yet supported, get in touch with us and we’ll see if we can help you keep your unique systems running smoothly and safely.

Applying our Extended Lifecycle Support service only requires running a single command that changes the location of key repositories. Full implementation instructions are provided when your servers are registered with TuxCare.

The pricing starts from $4.25/month per Operating System Image (OSI) with a 10% discount if you opt for an annual subscription. Volume discounts and bundle pricing is available, so contact the TuxCare team today to find out the best pricing for your organization.

Before each package goes into the production repository, we run extensive testing to verify that our updates have zero unintended consequences. We also maintain a stable beta repository that we use for testing.

The installation is completed through a simple script that exchanges your current, no longer maintained, repositories for TuxCare’s ELS repositories. Your system will continue receiving updates just as it did up to that point, using exactly the same tools and commands, but now directly from TuxCare.

Extended Lifecycle Support service varies depending on the Linux OS that you are covering with extended support. Commonly, you can expect Extended Lifecycle Support to last for at least three years – for example, at the time of writing, CentOS 6 Extended Lifecycle Support support lasts until November 2024.

No. You are not migrating your operating system or making any changes to the way your workload is handled. Enabling Extended Lifecycle Support involves a single command that changes the location of repositories. There is no reboot, downtime, disruption of operations, or degradation of server performance.

TuxCare continuously monitors critical Linux kernel vulnerabilities and security concerns associated with the OS covered by your Extended Lifecycle Support contract. We release patches for security risks and general maintenance issues as soon as they are completed and tested.

KernelCare Enterprise will automatically apply our patches live in memory while your systems are in operation. However, if you prefer to patch manually, you can simply continue to do so using yum as you normally would.