As a result we will no longer issue binary patches. There are several reasons for this change.
- Previously, with patches there was no easy way to confirm the product was up to date. By moving to a maintenance release, the installed version number confirms the fact that the security fix is installed.
- Patches were only ever intended as interim solutions until you can upgrade. Patches can not be applied on top of each other, while maintenance releases can.
- Installing the security bug fix with a maintenance release will be easier with it wrapped in our installer.
- Maintenance releases simplifies your interactions with Atlassian Support.
See Atlassian Support Offerings for more support-related information.