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testing does not get security updates timely [SOLVED]

Postby reedb on Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:48 am

Just curious. What are your thoughts on running "testing"? From http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/ it says, "Please note that security updates for "testing" distribution are not yet managed by the security team. Hence, "testing" does not get security updates in a timely manner. "

What does this mean for people using LMDE on a daily basis in terms of security? I don't know much about security and just curious. Thank you for your time.
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Re: testing does not get security updates timely

Postby RHTopics on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:42 pm

It is more of a security risk to use "testing" rather than "stable".

The more services and applications you have interfacing with the outside world (i.e. Internet), the greater the risk.

Actions you can take to minimize the risk:

Install the latest web browser yourself rather than rely on the ones
in the repositories. There are postings on this forum on how to do that.

If feasible, make sure the Firewall is configured to deny outside
initiated access

Turn off services that you are not using that provide access to your
computer (i.e. Samba).
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Re: testing does not get security updates timely

Postby reedb on Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:44 am

Hi RHTopics,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this and for the information.
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