To access patches via ftp, you can use the ftp command to connect to either the sunsolve1.sun.com (provided by Sun Service) or sunsite.unc.edu (maintained by the University of North Carolina). When ftp prompts you for a login, enter anonymous as the login name. Use your complete email address when prompted for a password. After the connection is complete, you can find publicly available patches in the /pubs/patches directory.
To transfer patches, you will need to change the ftp transfer mode to binary. To do this, enter bin at the ftp prompt.