How to check whether a cisco device or version of IOS is in support?
I want to upgrade a 2612 due to the version of code it's running being flagged as vulnerable by our vulnerability scanning. However, I am guessing, seeing that the last version of code released for the 2612 was in 2007 that it is probably out of support? Is there anyway or anywhere on the cisco site I can visit to see if a product or version of IOS is out of support.
Does the 2612 being out of support mean that any question of a version of IOS running on it is moot? If a platform is out of support thereby any version of code running on it is out out of support also?
Can I ask though, does the 2612 being out of support mean that any question of a version of IOS running on it is moot? If a platform is out of support thereby any version of code running on it is out out of support also?
When a hardware product's EoS (End of Sales) announcement is made, Cisco's standard policy is that they will also include an End of Engineering date. That's usually 1-2 years after the hardware is last sold. After end-of-engineering, there will be no further software updates, even to address newly identified vulnerabilities.
End-of-support (sometimes referred to as end-of-life) is typically five years after end-of-sales. During that "twilight" period you can receive hardware replacement and TAC assistance (if you have a support contract) that may help you mitigate vulnerabilities in ways other than upgrading the code.
In any case the 2612 router is running on borrowed time. You can't put current IOS on it and you can't get Cisco support for it. It has little to no residual monetary value and should be replaced if having current code with patched vulnerabilities and support is important in your environment.
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