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can you get any clues on how far behind an AIX IBM server is in terms of security patches from the #oslevel -s command? Will this command return a build level, and is there any online service that will list build versions so you can see how many patches are missing?
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"oslevel -s" reports the OS version plus the last fully installed technology level and service pack,
in the form

version_release - technology_level - service_pack_level - service_pack_date

The service pack date is in the form "year week", e .g. "1316" = week #16 of year 2013.
This will give you a first impression how old your system is.

You can check for available fixes at IBM Fix central: https://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

You must walk through the selection menus "Product Group" (IBM Operating Systems) -> "Select from ..." (AIX) -> "Version" (select the version according to the output of "oslevel" without flags).
Now under "Function" select "Fix Packs" for Technology Levels/Service Packs or "Security" to see the last security bulletins and the links to their fixes.

Click "Continue".


If you selected "Fix Packs" you'll see a list of all Service Packs and Technology Levels relevant for your OS level.

At the very bottom of the page there is a chart indicating the "Service life of AIX  Technology Levels" which gives an overview on existing and planned fixes and their dates.
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