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Old 11-18-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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slackware security


Hello

I know that there is already threads which talk about the security of the slackware but all of them was made around the 2005...So they was old.ok let's get to the point.A few weeks now i have install slackware 13 in my pc.It hasn't any package manager but it wasn't very difficult for me to install the applications which i wanted (gnome for example).The problem is that i have read in the internet that slackware has luck of security updates (of course all that in posts of 2005).So my question is the following: is slackware secure or i should start looking to change it with another distro.slackware doesn't have a package manager.How could i know what updates i have to do so i can make slackware more secure(if i could) and if they are successfully?
 
Old 11-18-2009, 12:51 PM   #2
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Look here for a how to be notified of security alerts. http://www.slackware.com/lists/

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Old 11-18-2009, 12:53 PM   #3
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Slackware is secured. You should join the slackware mailing list for any security updates.Large part of slackware, being an advanced distro depends on user competency, so slackware expects you not to do something silly to compromise the security of your computer.
 
Old 11-18-2009, 01:05 PM   #4
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Quote:
slackware doesn't have a package manager
Huh? Sure it does. The simple one is called pkgtool, but tools like installpkg, removepkg and upgradepkg are included. For keeping up with security updates, slackpkg does a nice job of making the task easier.
 
Old 11-18-2009, 01:08 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kokeroulis View Post
slackware doesn't have a package manager.
This is false.
Slackware _does_ have a package manager (pkgtool).

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Originally Posted by kokeroulis View Post
How could i know what updates i have to do so i can make slackware more secure(if i could) and if they are successfully?
You can use "slackpkg" to perform automated updates.
The following commands will upgrade any official slackware package you have installed in your system:
Code:
slackpkg update
slackpkg upgrade-all
All official packages that were upgraded in the stable branch of the slackware tree should have been so due to security patches, not because there is a new bleeding edge version on svn...

NOTE: as stated above, slackpkg will upgrade official packages only! Things like gnome will be your responsibility to apply any security patched/upgrades
 
Old 11-18-2009, 04:15 PM   #6
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For slackpkg I run these three commands.

# slackpkg update
# slackpkg install-new
# slackpkg upgrade-all

You will need to use your favorite text editor and un-comment one mirror in /etc/slackpkg/mirrors for the slackpkg utility to work.

Check out this site:

http://www.slackpkg.org/documentation.html

Last edited by hitest; 11-18-2009 at 04:20 PM.
 
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:20 AM   #7
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ok thanks guys...I am sorry for my late response but i had some connection problems...So i install slackware 13 and xfce when i run the above commands then all the official packages will be updated automatic?And what are the differences between the pkgtool and the slackpkg?
 
Old 11-30-2009, 06:55 AM   #8
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slackpkg is a more automated process: it downloads and installs the updates.
 
Old 11-30-2009, 07:34 AM   #9
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hide behind a firewall
keep your packages updated
close down services you are not using in /etc/rc.d
 
Old 11-30-2009, 08:14 AM   #10
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ok.thanks for your help and something else last.How can i remove all the packages of the KDE and instead of them to install all the official packages of xfce?
 
Old 11-30-2009, 08:18 AM   #11
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when you install slackware if you select the option to install groups of packages, it allows you to choose to install KDE or not.

If you are already up and running I guess you will have to remove them using pkgtool. If you "ls -l /var/log/packages/kde*" it will show the packages. There aren't that many so it is probably easy enough to remove them on by one.

This thread might help:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ve-kde-533431/

Last edited by satinet; 11-30-2009 at 08:20 AM.
 
Old 11-30-2009, 09:50 AM   #12
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ok.thanks
 
  


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