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Old 09-11-2004, 01:01 PM   #1
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How do i approach those security advisories

I see on the homepage of linuxquestions there are a lot of security advisories.
How do i know if they aply to me?
and if so.
How should i approach them?

Is running a simple apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade sufficient?
or should i take more steps.
Old 09-11-2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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Well you have to start by knowing what you are running on your system. Once you figure out what you are running, its easy: you only need to read the ones that apply to a package you have installed. At first, you might check for the specific package on every security bulletin (on Redhat, this would be as simple as "rpm -qa | grep <package name>"). After a while, you'll get to know your system a lot better and know what to watch for.

Personally, I subscribe to the bugtraq lists and just scan the subjects every morning. If I see something that I have installed, I read more thoroughly. If it doesn't apply to me, I just skip it.


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