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Old 08-26-2010, 03:18 AM   #1
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Patch Management in Linux


Hello Friends,

It is like silly question but i need some help/comment from you guys.

Many software available for patch managment like OCSinventry, cfengine,puppet,redhat satellite server for linux.

I want to perform patch management for my Linux server (centOS, debian)

My question is how to find out which patches available for Linux and which patches i need to apply.
Is there any way to find out require patches?

Thanks,
 
Old 08-26-2010, 03:38 AM   #2
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Hi,

Any reason why you want to do this yourself?

Both Debian and CentOS (as do most other distro's) have this system already in place. Depending on how you configure these tools updating/"patching" can be done automatically or a notification can be shown (and you decide which is implemented and when).

If you do want to be notified about security related patches, you can describe yourself to the appropriate mailing list(s) and check out the appropriate security page(s). Here's a Debian example:

Debian : Security Information (also mentions a mailinglist).

Hope this helps.
 
Old 08-26-2010, 04:32 AM   #3
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Thanks druuna,


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Any reason why you want to do this yourself?

I am familiar with updates on both but i am wondering, if patch management done through updates so is it really require tools for patch management? I just want to clear my doubts.

second thing is, security update gives only security related patches or any other patches also?
 
Old 08-26-2010, 04:44 AM   #4
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Hi,
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but i am wondering, if patch management done through updates so is it really require tools for patch management?
I don't think you need any other patch management then the one that is present on your distro.

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second thing is, security update gives only security related patches or any other patches also?
These security advisory sites/mailing lists are security specific.

I know for sure that Debian has 2 settings that you can use: security updates and "other" updates. Make sure the first one is up and running (maybe even with an automated install, but this is a personal choice). Check the second one every so often to see if anything interesting is present.

I'm guessing that other distro's have something similar.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 08-26-2010, 05:05 AM   #5
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2 settings that you can use: security updates and "other" updates.
sorry druuna i bother you, but i am not able to find above option.
 
Old 08-26-2010, 05:11 AM   #6
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I found that option. i really need rest my mind not give me support.

Thanks again druuna
 
Old 08-26-2010, 05:26 AM   #7
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