5.3. Install Patches in zip form


JBoss security patches are distributed in two forms: zip (for all products) and RPM (for a subset of products). JBoss bug fix patches are only distributed in zip format. This task describes the steps you need to take to install the patches (security or bug fixes) via the zip format.


  • Valid access and subscription to the Red Hat Customer Portal.
  • A current subscription to a JBoss product installed in a zip format.

Procedure 5.2.  Apply a patch to a JBoss product via the zip method

Security updates for JBoss products are provided by an erratum (for both zip and RPM methods). The erratum encapsulates a list of the resolved flaws, their severity ratings, the affected products, textual description of the flaws, and a reference to the patches. Bug fix updates are not announced via an erratum.
For zip distributions of JBoss products, the errata includes a link to a URL on the Customer Portal where the patch zip can be downloaded. This download contains the patched versions of existing JBoss products and only includes the files that have been changed from the previous install.


Before installing a patch, you must backup your JBoss product along with all customized configuration files.
  1. Get notified about the security patch either via being a subscriber to the JBoss watch mailing list or by browsing the JBoss watch mailing list archives.


    Only security patches are announced on the JBoss watch mailing list.
  2. Read the errata for the security patch and confirm that it applies to a JBoss product in your environment.
  3. If the security patch applies to a JBoss product in your enviornment, then follow the link to download the patch from the Red Hat Customer Portal.
  4. The downloadable zip file from the customer portal will contain all the files required to fix the security issue or bug. Download this patch zip file in the same location as your JBoss product.
  5. Unzip the patch file in the same location where the JBoss product is installed. The patched versions overwrite the existing files.

The JBoss product is patched with the latest update using the zip format.