I need to update cURL on my MediaTemple DV server with CentOS. My server is running cURL version: 7.15.5 and CentOS version: 5.8 (final).

I've seen commands like yum update curl, but just want to be certain before I start running commands on my server.

I saw this question " Upgrade cURL to latest on CentOS ", but I see a lot of references to Linux.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Running yum update <package> is generally speaking safe. Since the most recent Erratum for cURL is RHSA-2013-0983 from 2013 I don't expect that yum upgrade curl will actually do anything at all in 2016...

Running yum update <package> also typically won't change the version of that package either...

You probably should also run yum upate without any other options regularly to install the few security updates/bug fixes that still get released for RHEL/CentOS 5.

EDIT I had missed that you're still on 5.8 which is an CentOS release from 2012 that hasn't been patched since. Read this answer why that is a Bad Idea™.
If your yum configuration is correct a yum update curl might require installation of a number of updated dependancies as well, which are long overdue.

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    Josiah, you might want to read this answer to get more understanding about RH/CentOS's patching policy, and why HBruijn says that curl's version won't change (he's right). It also sheds some light on why you shouldn't be running C5.8 for anything (5.11 is the current version of C5). – MadHatter Mar 2 '16 at 15:24
  • Is there a special process of upgrading CentOS? Or does the host need to do that? – Josiah Lenz Mar 2 '16 at 15:41
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    In essence yum update and reboot if yum is configured correctly – HBruijn Mar 2 '16 at 15:49
  • @JosiahLenz On a DV server, you're responsible for keeping it up to date and secured. – Michael Hampton Mar 2 '16 at 16:34

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