The offical announce is only starting at RHEL 5. There are no packages for RHEL4? According to Wikipedia, it's still supported until the start of 2015.

  • Buy an Extended Life Cycle Support licence and then you can add an additional channel to update your bash.
    – Cyrus
    Sep 29, 2014 at 20:14

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The entry for RHEL4 on the table on Wikipedia indicates "28 February 2015" as the end of "Extended Life Phase", the end of "Production 3 Phase" was 29 February 2012. During that extended phase, between those dates, there is support only for customers that "pay an additional subscription" (and that for a subset of packages). This is clearly indicated in the text above the table.

Of course those upgrades during extended life are not freely available. If you are a paying customer contact Red-Hat directly. If you are not a paying customer, and if this is a production server, I suggest upgrading ASAP.


As mentioned by Cyrus, you are better off buying an Extended Life Cycle Support licence. The RedHat patch is AFAIK superior to the one provided by Mr.Ramey.

However, the easy way (if you aren't on paid support) is to roll your own bash package:

  • Install fpm
  • Download the source file (http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bash/bash-3.0.tar.gz)
  • Download all patches (http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bash/bash-3.0-patches/)
  • tar xzvf bash-3.0.tar.gz
  • Apply all patches, including the latest patch -p0 <bash30-019
  • ./configure --prefix=/usr
  • make
  • mkdir -p /tmp/bash
  • make install DESTDIR=/tmp/bash
  • mkdir -p /tmp/bash/bin
  • mv /tmp/bash/usr/bin/bash /tmp/bash/bin/bash
  • rm /tmp/bash/usr/share/info/dir
  • ln -s /bin/bash /tmp/bash/bin/sh
  • Add a tmp/bash/etc/skeldirectory with suitable templates
  • fpm -s dir -t rpm --epoch 1 -n bash -v 3.0.19 -p bash-3.0.19-1.rpm -C /tmp/bash .
  • yum install bash-3.0.19-1.rpm
  • @somelooser28533 - glad it helped. Sep 29, 2014 at 13:31

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