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Security Strategies in Linux Platforms and Applications by Michael Jang

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Chapter 11. Managing Security Alerts and Updates

COMPUTER SECURITY is a constant battle. From the moment a security alert is released, there's a race between black-hat hackers who look for vulnerable systems and administrators who install updates for those systems. That's tempered by the risks associated with some updates, since developers can't test updates against every possible hardware and software configuration. You may need to make your own judgment on whether to install an update based on the associated bug report.

The battle starts with the distribution. The developers behind Linux distributions do an excellent job releasing security updates on a timely basis. Because these updates are released as binary packages in structured repositories, ...

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