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Old 09-30-2005, 01:58 PM   #1
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Mepis and security updates

Heres what I have enabled in apt
deb testing main contrib non-free
deb unstable main contrib non-free
deb unstable main
deb sid main

Now how do I keep up on security updates? I went here,
and found this
Q: How is security handled for testing and unstable?
A: The short answer is: it's not.

Following another thread I decided to install apt-listbugs. Then went into synaptic marked installed packages for update. After looking through this for a while I decided to backout of this method.
There is probably no simple answer to this question. If you have a good tutorial bookmarked would you please share it?
Also a related question. In /etc/apt/preferences I've added a section that includes
Package: nvidia-kernel-2.6.10
Pin: version 1.0.7174-1+MEPIS.3.3
Pin-Priority: 1000

My Mepis version is 3.3.1. Should this section be edited to reflect this?
Thanks in advance for any help.
edit/ Is there anything else needing protection beyond the nvidia driver? /edit

Last edited by muddywaters; 09-30-2005 at 02:18 PM.
Old 10-02-2005, 05:25 AM   #2
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A simple Google search on "Linux security" list a huge amount of material on this question, such as comparisons of LInux and Windoze:

or resource centers:

And a lot of technical discussions. That should help.
Old 10-02-2005, 09:44 AM   #3
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Sorry, my question was poorly worded. Let me try this again using Suse as an example.
Whenever possible I download software from the repositories maintained by Suse. When vulnerbilities are discovered Suse alerts the user and offers a patch. As long as new software comes from a Suse source and is installed with YAST, it is easy to keep up on the patches.
I did google before asking this question. Among the things I found while searching were suggestions to use apt-listbugs and marking all installed packages for upgrade. I don't like this method. Beside the fact that it's very slow, I'm not interested in updating the version of the software, only patching what is already installed. I was hoping to find an easy way to do this using synaptic.
My understanding is Mepis is based on 'unstable'. I'm going to try adding to the list of repositories in apt and see how that works.

EDIT: Nevermind, I'm an idiot. When googling for more information about this I found a thread discussing this very thing right below my post!
EDIT:EDIT: I meant here

Last edited by muddywaters; 10-02-2005 at 01:05 PM.
Old 10-09-2005, 02:24 AM   #4
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Unlike what is stated, Debian has offered security support for testing since the 1st week of September:

Old 10-09-2005, 09:51 AM   #5
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Thanks. I searched a long time and somehow missed this information.
People say 'google is your friend' but sometimes it just isn't.

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