Version: 7.x-36.0.0

Search Guard end of life policy

Summary

The Search Guard End of Life policy defines

  • which Elasticsearch versions receive new Search Guard features and bugfixes
  • which Elasticsearch version receive critical bugfixes for Search Guard (but no new features)
  • which Elasticsearch version is End of Life (EOL) and will not receive any Search Guard updates

The Search Guard EOL policy follows the Elasticsearch update policy.

Please also refer to Elasticsearch end of life policy to check whether your Elasticsearch version has reached End of Life in general.

Versioning schema

The Search Guard versioning scheme is:

  • e1.e2.e3-s1.s2.s3
  • Example: 6.7.1-25.0.0

where

  • e1: Elasticsearch Major Version
  • e2: Elasticsearch Minor Version
  • e3: Elasticsearch Fix Version
  • s1: Search Guard Major Version (Incremented when new features are added)
  • s2: Search Guard Minor Version (Incremented when bugfixes are applied)
  • s3: Search Guard Fix Version (Incremented when trivial changes, like fixing typos, are applied

Which Elasticsearch versions receive new Search Guard features and bugfixes

  • Current release of the current minor version of the current Elasticsearch major version
  • Current release of the previous minor version of the current Elasticsearch major version
  • Current release of the previous Elasticsearch major version (but not all features will be backported)

At the time of writing this is:

  • 7.3.0
  • 7.2.1

Which Elasticsearch versions receive critical bugfixes only (but no new features)

  • Current releases of the third and fourth from last Elasticsearch minor version of the current Elasticsearch major version

At the time of writing this is:

  • 6.8.2

Which Elasticsearch versions receive no updates at all any longer

  • Upgrade Elasticsearch always to the latest fix version or your Elasticsearch minor version
  • Make sure your Elasticsearch minor version is not older than six month
  • When the first beta version of a new Elasticsearch major version is released prepare to upgrade to the latest release of the current major version of Elasticsearch.

EOL Examples

Assume 7.0.0 is the current Elasticsearch Version

  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive new Search Guard features and bugfixes: 6.7.1, 7.0.0
  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive critical bugfixes (but no new features): n/a
  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive no updates at all any longer: all other (1.x.x-6.7.0)

Assume 6.7.1 is the current Elasticsearch Version

  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive new Search Guard features and bugfixes: 5.6.16, 6.6.2, 6.7.1
  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive critical bugfixes (but no new features): 6.4.3, 6.5.4
  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive no updates at all any longer: all other (1.x.x-5.6.15, 6.0.x-6.4.2, 6.5.0-6.5.3, 6.6.0-6.6.1, 6.7.0)

Assume 6.5.4 is the current Elasticsearch Version

  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive new Search Guard features and bugfixes: 5.6.16, 6.4.3, 6.5.4
  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive critical bugfixes (but no new features): 6.2.4, 6.3.2
  • Which Elasticsearch versions receive no updates at all any longer: all other (1.x.x-5.6.15, 6.0.x-6.2.3, 6.3.0-6.3.1, 6.4.0-6.4.2, 6.5.0-6.5.3)

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