I have a old Drupal 7 installation and I would like to update my Drupal 7 to the latest release, but I know for a fact that some of my custom module will break on the latest update.

All I want installed is the security patches up to the latest Drupal 7. How can this be done or is it even possible without much effort? Also where and how can I view what is being patched during an update of Drupal 7 core?

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    BY break, I assume you are mean that you have modules that don't work with the itok change?
    – mpdonadio
    Apr 29, 2013 at 15:27
  • Would like an equivalent question for D8, that gives a definitive answer like the accepted one here, at the moment, this answer looks like a good contender for that for D8: drupal.stackexchange.com/a/167925/1082 Jul 18, 2016 at 11:07

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If you use Drush you can update all security issues with your site via (this is Core and 3rd party modules): drush up --security-only

if you want to see what it will do, but not do any of the actual changes you can issue: drush up --security-only --simulate

If you want an easy way to update Drupal Core to the newest release you can use a patch site such as: http://fuerstnet.de/en/drupal-upgrade-easier

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    All true; you can also update projects one at a time via drush up views. Test on a copy of your site, of course! Apr 29, 2013 at 17:21
  • I guess I misunderstood the question. I read it as applying just the security related patches and not bug-fixes or other enhancements that may be included with the same git tag as one marked as a security release.
    – mpdonadio
    May 1, 2013 at 18:25

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