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Linux Annoyances for Geeks by Michael Jang

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Keeping Up with Security

Linux distributions share their news relating to security issues in different ways. We'll examine how you can learn about security updates for the major distributions covered by this book: Fedora Core, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE, and Debian.

Linux security announcements are often publicized through major Linux news sites, such as http://www.linuxtoday.com and http://www.linux.org/news. However, they may not get all security announcements, and you may miss security issues in the clutter of other articles about Linux. The best option is to go to the source; normally, the group behind the distribution lists all updates related to the packages they've released somewhere on their web site. It can help you make a judgment about which security updates are most important for you.

In many cases, you can add a running list of security updates as a Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed to your Firefox browser, which is described in "Firefox Isn't Working as It Should" in Chapter 3.

Tip

If, in fact, you're reluctant to upgrade specific packages for every last security update, you can exclude those packages from upgrades with the yum --exclude switch or the /etc/apt/preferences file. I describe how these options work earlier in this chapter.

Fedora Core

Appropriately enough for Fedora's market and open source nature, Fedora Core updates—including those associated with security—are maintained in a Fedora News blog at http://fedoranews.org/blog/. Updates are added by its volunteer ...

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