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Release Patches are bash scripts that are downloaded and executed on a dedicated server. To make update see: SshOnDedicated

Advantages of patches :
  • rapidity,
  • simplicity,
  • stability.

Attention! Do not apply patches if your server is personalised on the level of configuration, that is mysql, apache, php. All the options of compilation will be lost.

Attention! Some releases are security patches, if you don't install them you risk that your server will be hacked .

Release or patch : a script downloaded to and executed on a dedicated server. E.g.:

wget -O; sh

When the script is downloaded, it verifies whether it's an appropriate version before the actual execution of it. It prevents doing release 1.38 before 1.34. The releases should be applied in order. The first one is 1.04. If you try to apply them chaotically, they won't work.

For the proper functioning of releases, there is a system of blocking which only allows executing script in order. There is a file /etc/ovhrelease where the present release version is remembered.
The new release verifies if the one stored in the file is his predecessor.

root@ns30096 root# cat /etc/ovhrelease

After every release, the /etc/issue is updated, which allows checking the release version during the connection to the server:

Red Hat Linux release 7.2 (Enigma)
Linux 2.4.19 #2 SMP mer nov 20 17:40:06 CET 2002 i686 unknown

machine : 2344
release : 1.37
ip :
hostname :
root@ns30096 root#

You may check the release version and the IP of server using your screen and keyboard. It saves your time because there's no need to connect to the server.


Changelog is available at this link:

Applying release after release

In order to apply a release, you need to connect via SSH and copy the command:

root@ns30096 root# wget -O; sh

The installation will be launched. It may take several minutes.

Arrêt de sshd : OK 
Démarrage de sshd : OK 

OpenSSH_3.7.1p2, SSH protocols 1.5/2.0, OpenSSL 0.9.6i engine Feb 19 2003

root@ns30096 root# cat /etc/issue
Red Hat Linux release 7.2 (Enigma)
Linux 2.4.19 #2 SMP mer nov 20 17:40:06 CET 2002 i686 unknown

machine : 2344
release : 1.38
ip :
hostname :

We've just passed from a release 1.37 to 1.38 and a sshd server has been updated.

Applying all releases
To avoid verification of every patch, you may execute It installs patches in the correct order.

root@ns30096 root# wget -O; sh
[...] -it launches the system verification and installs necessary elements.

Red Hat Linux release 7.2 (Enigma)
Linux 2.4.19 #2 SMP mer nov 20 17:40:06 CET 2002 i686 unknown

machine : 2344
release : 1.39
ip :
hostname :

This is 1.39 version.

Other functions -it also sets the correct time on your server. First, the clock skew is counted, then clockspeed, installed on your server, synchronizes periodically the time using the clock skew value. Do not synchronize time too often, only rare synchronizations are fully reliable.

Without release
Server which wasn't updated with a release, may be updated with patches. Patches are automatized scripts, tested on various platforms and able to identify them. As every server is different, there is a possibility to download, edit, modify and install the patches. If a compilation problem appears, look for help on one of our mailing lists, such as Please do not direct your questions to our technical support.

Patches are on . There are:
  • patches for Apache (web server):

-rwxr-xr-x 3517 jui 7 2002
-rwxr-xr-x 3517 jui 22 2002
-rwxr-xr-x 3517 sep 11 2002
-rwxr-xr-x 3656 oct 4 2002
-rwxr-xr-x 4567 jun 20 2003
-rwxr-xr-x 4567 aou 31 2003
-rwxr-xr-x 4601 déc 4 21:44

  • patches for bind (named)

-rwxr-xr-x 825 jui 7 2002
-rwxr-xr-x 2320 jui 22 15:55
-rwxr-xr-x 2407 jui 8 2002

  • patches for ssh

-rw-r--r-- 2481 sep 29 02:23
-rw-r--r-- 2188 mar 24 2003
-rw-r--r-- 2564 sep 28 20:10

  • patches for ssl

-rw-r--r-- 1086 mar 24 2003
-rw-r--r-- 1079 mar 23 2003

  • other:

-rw-r--r-- 1234 jun 17 12:25
-rw-r--r-- 403 mar 4 2002
-rwxr-xr-x 627 jun 2 14:28
-rw-r--r-- 634 jui 10 2002
-rwxr-xr-x 2230 aou 22 2002

Examples without release

This is a server with older ssh and openssl:

# ssh -V
OpenSSH_3.4p1, SSH protocols 1.5/2.0, OpenSSL 0x0090600f
  1. openssl version
OpenSSL 0.9.6 24 Sep 2000

First the compilation of openssl is required as it's used by other applications, such as
apache, ssh, qmail etc

# wget -O
  1. sh

5 minutes later

# openssl version
OpenSSL 0.9.6l engine 04 Nov 2003

We have an appropriate version of openssl. Now it's time for ssh:

# wget -O
  1. sh
  2. ssh -V
OpenSSH_3.7.1p2, SSH protocols 1.5/2.0, OpenSSL 0.9.6l engine 04 Nov 2003


# uname -a
Linux 2.4.16 #1 lun déc 17 15:22:27 CET 2001 i686 unknown
  1. cat /proc/cpuinfo
cpu MHz : 846.870
  1. wget*]*
  2. wget**
  3. pico /etc/lilo.conf
  4. /sbin/lilo
  5. reboot
  6. logout
$ ping xxxxxx
$ ssh xxxxxx
  1. uname -a
Linux 2.4.21-grsec #1 mer jun 18 01:41:51 CEST 2003 i686 unknown

Apache compilation:

# wget
  1. sh

cat: /etc/ovhrelease: Żaden plik ani katalog tego typu
release tego systemu to

verification of available version openssl:
OpenSSL 0.9.6l engine 04 Nov 2003
OpenSSL 0.9.6d 9 May 2002

Incorrect. It means there is a version compiled manually:

# rm -rf /usr/local/ssl

From the beginning:

# cd
  1. sh

cat: /etc/ovhrelease: No file or repertory of this type
the release of the system is


verification of available version openssl
OpenSSL 0.9.6l engine 04 Nov 2003

15 minutes later:

make1: Quitte le répertoire `/home/ovh/src/apache_1.3.29'
If the compilation wasn't successful, you may
install the working version using
the commands :
cd /home/ovh/src/apache_1.3.29
make install
/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd restart

Then check what version is the latest

/usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -v
/usr/local/bin/php -v
  1. cd /home/ovh/src/apache_1.3.29
  2. make install
  3. /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd restart
Stopping httpd: OK 
Starting httpd: Syntax error on line 191 of /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf:
Missing, invalid, or non-numeric port
  1. pico /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf
  2. /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd restart
Stopping httpd: FAILED
Starting httpd: OK 
  1. /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -v
Server version: Apache/1.3.29 (Unix)
Server built: Nov 12 2003 20:31:33
  1. /usr/local/bin/php -v
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