Security APAR Assist (SAAssist) is a tool (Open Source) to help System Administrators manage APARs (Security Fixes) for IBM AIX and IBM PowerVM environment.

This tool works like Linux "yum" or "apt-get" to manage the security fixes (CVE and IVs).

SAAssist works as client/server reducing time to verify if fix is applicable, reducing time to deploy the fix to AIX and VIOS servers, reducing false-positives, and is not necessary high skill knowledge about AIX filesets/version management :)

SAAssist works directly with Fix Level Recommendation Tool, the IBM official website.

The installation and configuration is simple and also can be integrated with orchestrator or automation software (IBM BigFix, Chef, Puppet, etc)

There are two basic components on SAAssist: SAAssist Server (saassist-server) and SAAssist Client (saassist-client). This is an Open Source software licensed under Apache License 2.0.

Security APAR Assistant simple overview

Using Security APAR Assistant example

Technical Overview

                                   [ Internet ]------------[ IBM FLRT website ]
                                         |* web proxy
-c|u   downloads APAR to repos  |                 |
-cv|uv downloads all APARs for  | saassist server | (APAR repository)
       a specific OS version    |_________________|
-flrt  download the FLRT data            |
-l     list all current APARs in repos   |
                                          `----- [  Repository  ]
                                                 [  info, fixes ]
                                                 [  HTTP: :NFS  ]
    |                 |
    | saassist client | (AIX / PowerVM Logical Partitions)
            |`---- {preview}  verifies if APAR is applicable & boot required
            |`-----{info}     gets detailed information about APAR (asc file)
            |`-----{install}  installs APAR
             `-----{checkall} checks all APARs applicable to Logical Partition

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