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I've been asked to specify which updates are needed to update our server and have it secured - problem is I'm not an expert on this.

I know that we've very old software. For my work I need PHP 7.2 and mySQL 5.5+, but don't know what else to check. I know we're running on:

  • Centos 6.5
  • Linux 2.6.32-573.12.1.el6.x86_64
  • Apache/2.2.15

Do any of these things need to be updated? To which version? Do we need to check anything else? Cheers.

  • Update all packages regularly. It’s best to use the Cents repo which also picks the latest update automatically. And also plan to switch to 7 soon. – eckes Oct 17 '18 at 3:30
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First step: Update to CentOS 6.10 plus any subsequent updated packages. v6.5 is really old now (5+ years...). This should also take care of the Kernel and any system services like Apache and MySQL if you used the default packages.

If you have installed PHP7 or other stuff via 3rd party means, make sure this is updated as well.

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    And note that C6 is only supported for about another year and a half; start planning your migration now. – MadHatter supports Monica Oct 12 '18 at 15:59
  • 2020 is less then 1.5 years from now. Waaah :( – Sven Oct 12 '18 at 16:05
  • @Sven thanks for the reply. I've not installed PHP7 yet, we're still on 5.x. It's used as a server for a website, do you know anything else to be checked? – testermaster Oct 12 '18 at 16:46
  • Another question: CentOS 6.10 or 7+? Is it a lot mor difficult to go to 7+? – testermaster Oct 12 '18 at 16:47
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    @testermaster: Test it. Spin up a VM with that environment and then update it to your desired state and see if everything continues to work as expected... – Sven Oct 13 '18 at 9:37

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