Yesterday a former colleague from the UK pointed me to a very old blog post about the fact that no patches will be produced for Oracle 220.127.116.11 anymore. Which is a true fact. But it reminded me that it may be time for an overview on the current support status for Oracle database releases as of October 2018.
Current Support Status for Oracle Database Releases
First of all, the single source of truth in case you’d like to look up support dates and patching periods is MOS Note:742060.1. Please always check this note first. Our Support Lifetime Policy brochure does not differ between patch releases or patch sets. Hence, it does not tell you when Oracle 18.104.22.168 went out of bug fixing support.
Let me give you a quick overview.
No patching is done for the following releases anymore:
- Oracle 10.2.0.5: Patching ended Jul 31, 2015
- Oracle 22.214.171.124: Patching ended Sep 18, 2009
- Oracle 126.96.36.199: Patching ended Jul 31, 2015
- Oracle 188.8.131.52: Patching ended Sep 13, 2011
- Oracle 184.108.40.206: Patching ended Oct 31, 2013
- Oracle 220.127.116.11: Patching ended Aug, 27, 2015
- Oracle 18.104.22.168: Patching ended Aug 31, 2016
But honestly I doubt that many people use any of these releases anymore with one exception: Unfortunately I see Oracle 22.214.171.124 databases still here and there at customers. But the number decreased significantly over the past 24 months.
You should also be aware that “No patching” means also “No security fixes“. This should alert everybody still using older releases. “My database is not facing the internet” is a very weak and dangerous excuse for not upgrading and patching your databases.
And another important information for you: We don’t offer Extended Support for non-terminal patch releases (we only did for 126.96.36.199 for 2 months due to an overlap with the late arrival of 188.8.131.52 but this was an exception).
Looking forward to Oracle 184.108.40.206 and Oracle 18c, this means: You won’t be able to get Extended Support for any of these releases either as it has been the case for 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 before as well.
Which releases get bug fixing support in October 2018?
As of now, October 2018, the following releases get bug fixing support. You’ll have to differ between Premier Support and Extended Support. Extended Support has the restriction to deliver fixes for critical and security issues only whereas in Premier Support period we may fix a typo in the SQL Plus banner screen as well.
- Oracle 22.214.171.124: Waived Extended Support until Dec 31, 2018
- Oracle 126.96.36.199: Waived Extended Support until Jun 30, 2019
- Oracle 188.8.131.52: Premier Support until Jul 23, 2020 [this got extended to Nov 20, 2020 later]
- Oracle 18c: tbd once we release Oracle 19c on-prem
This adds now a few interesting facts and things I need to explain a bit more in detail.
First of all, Waived Extended Support means: It is Extended Support but nobody with a valid support contract does have to pay anything extra. Everybody with such a contract and a valid CSI can access all the patches being delivered for a particular release.
In the non-waived Extended Support period, you’ll have to pay 10% uplift on your support fee in the first year, and 20% for each following year. But please pay attention to this detail: If we waived already one or more years, than this means: As soon as the paid Extended Support period starts, you need to pay 20% on top as the 10% year (and maybe more) got waived by us.
But what happens after the Waived Extended Support period ends?
You’ll face this date pretty soon for Oracle 184.108.40.206 (in a bit more than 2 months from now on) and just shortly after for Oracle 220.127.116.11 (in a bit more than 8 months). At first, this means that you can still work with this release as long as you’d like to. We call this Sustaining Support.
But in order to request a newly built patch or security fix you will need to have either a contract for Extended Support (which requires a 20% support fee uplift for 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 soon) or an ULA or PULA (Unlimited License Agreement). Otherwise you won’t get access to new bug fixes, and even worse, to patch bundles and security fixes.
If you have a ULA/PULA contract or signed up for Extended Support this changes the above picture for you:
- Oracle 126.96.36.199: Extended Support until Dec 31, 2020
- Oracle 188.8.131.52: Extended Support until Jun 20, 2021 [this got extended until Jul 31, 2022 later]
You won’t see any change to Oracle 184.108.40.206 and Oracle 18c as both releases won’t offer you any form of Extended Support.
Oracle 19c is the release which will offer longer support periods and its extension.
For more details on Oracle 19c support periods, please read also:
- Premier Support Extension for Oracle 19c (Dec 14, 2018)
- To which release should you upgrade to? Revisited (Feb 26, 2020)