CentOS developers Karanbir Singh and Jim Perrin announced the release of the CentOS 7.4 operating system for supported architectures, a release that brings all the latest updates and security patches.
Derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 operating system, the CentOS 7.4 (1708) release is available for 64-bit x86 compatible machines, as well as ARM64 (AArch64), ARMhfp, PPC64 (PowerPC 64-bit), and PPC64le (PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian) hardware architectures.
CentOS 7.4 comes with new packages, among which we can mention Qt5, Pidgin, python-netifaces, python-gssapi, and mod_auth_openidc, ALPN and DTLS (TLS via UDP) support for OpenSSL, as well as NVMe Over Fabric support in the NVM-Express kernel driver.
The release also deprecates the use of the SSH1 cryptographic protocol from the OpenSSH server. “There have been various changes/enhancements to cryptographic abilities of various packages. i.e. sendmail now supports ECDHE, OpenSSH now using SHA2 for public key signatures,” reads the release notes.