The Red Hat team announced the general availability of a new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.9 is now available on the Red Hat Customer Portal for all customers with active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions. This last minor release includes a new SCAP profile for the Center for Information Security (CIS) benchmark. The new feature offers configuration guidance and reporting to streamline compliance activities and reduce overhead for organizations.
Maintenance Support 2
The release also means that RHEL 7 now enters Maintenance Support 2, during which Red Hat-defined Critical and Important impact Security Advisories and selected Urgent Priority Bug Fix Advisories may be released as they become available. Red Hat also stated that RHEL 7.0 is not an Extended Update Support release. Thus, it provides the same level of maintenance as EUS until the end of maintenance for RHEL 7 on June 30, 2024. Red Hat also advised customers to plan their upgrades to RHEL 8 for the longest possible support path.