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What is KernelCare?

Live Patching for Linux Kernels and Devices

Kernel updates are extremely important for the security and compliance of your Linux systems including:

  • CentOS
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Amazon Linux
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • Debian and other distros
KernelCare promptly delivers the latest security patches for different Linux distributions applied automatically to the running kernel in just nanoseconds.

How to install KernelCare?

While it takes only two simple steps to install and register KernelCare and make your infrastructure even more compliant, it can be challenging to deploy the service if you take care of 1,000 and more servers on a daily basis.
 
To automate KernelCare deployment in the enterprise environment, Chef Infra can be used to:
  • Distribute the KernelCare agent package if you have servers with no internet access.
  • Distribute agent configuration file
  • Set environment variables
  • Install the KernelCare agent (from either local or remote download servers)
  • Register KernelCare

 

While Chef InSpec can be helpful for remediation management.
 

KernelCare & Chef Automated Compliance Framework

  • Chef InSpec identifies vulnerabilities requiring attention,
  • Chef Infra prioritizes, schedules, and manages the remediation,
  • and KernelCare under the management of Chef Infra executes the remediation by applying security patches while your systems are operational. 

Full automation for a more secure environment,

with no downtime.

Our Clients

Dell and 1,500+ Enterprise companies
trust KernelCare their 300,000 servers

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KernelCare provides services that make server management easy, particularly with regard to security. Not needing to restart a server to get the latest kernel security updates is essential for business-critical applications that can't be taken down for patches. Additionally, their solutions allow some legacy applications to remain secure when alternative options are not available on the market or would be cost-prohibitive to implement.

Justin Jett Director of Audit and Compliance, Plixer

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KernelCare keeps a vital part of our services updated without having downtime from reboots - with all the recent Intel exploits this has been even more valuable than ever. KernelCare also adds additional security to the Kernel making it seem even better value for money. I use it across all our server fleet and would recommend it to all Linux administrators.

Philip Rawlinson Technical Director, Netweaver

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We have come to consider KernelCare as an essential service. The downtime that reboots cause is a disruption for customers, and nuisance for admins, that can be easily avoided with KernelCare.

Joe Oesterling Chief Technology Officer, Liquid Web

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We have been using KernelCare at our EC2 instances and web hosting servers for a long time. We do not run EC2 instances without KernelCare because we think that this is fundamental to bring security and reliability to our company and customers.

Alex Wojtowicz Owner, Warpnet

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