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Dedicated and VPS Kernel Upgrades

For cPanel notifications such as the following example, stating that the server's kernel is out of date please refer the information below associated with your package type.

Example Notification
Current kernel version is out of date. running kernel: 2.6.32-642.13.1, most recent kernel: 2.6.32-642.13.2
Update the system’s software by running ’yum update’ from the command line and reboot the system.


Our dedicated servers have ksplice installed, which patches the kernel on the server to address known security issues, but it is not being detected by cPanel.

While our dedicated server customers are protected by ksplice, you may wish to upgrade to the latest kernel anyway.  To complete this you would only need to reboot your server.  The newest kernel gets installed automatically as the primary kernel as soon as it's released by CentOS.

If there are any issues with updating the kernel please contact us via phone or Live Chat for assistance.


Our VPS customers should not be receiving these notifications. If you are concerned about the kernel version, please know that our hardware nodes are protected by ksplice, which will soon be replaced by KernelCare.  HostGator VPS customers are unable to upgrade the kernel.

Rebooting a VPS will not update the kernel version. If you have concerns with the kernel version running on your VPS please contact our support team via phone or Live Chat.