Will PHP 7.0 support continue on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS after official PHP EOL?

Asked by Sean Dean on 2018-10-24

My boss has heard that Ubuntu may continue to apply security patches to PHP 7.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS even after PHP has officially EOL'd the release. Is there any truth to this rumor and where might I find information about it? Thank you for your help.

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Nish Aravamudan (nacc) said : #1


php7.0 is in the main component in 16.04. This is (at least partially) defined at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories#Main, but I believe the requirement is that the Ubuntu Security team provides security updates to the package. Note, though, that with the upstream going EOL in December of this year, I'm not 100% sure on where security updates would come from specifically, but yes, php7.0 in 16.04 would have security support from Ubuntu.

Best Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) said : #2

php7.0 will be supported by the security team for as long as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is supported. We will be backporting security fixes, like we currently do with php5 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Sean Dean (anthropos9) said : #3

Thanks Marc Deslauriers, that solved my question.

oh-no (oh-no) said : #4

I'm still a bit confused about the scope of the updates, if there would be update without anything new to PHP 7.0.

To make my question as clear as possible: If there will be no more PHP 7.0 fixes on the php.net website will there still be "backports" for PHP 7.0?