Keeping the Linux Operating System Up to Date

It’s important to keep the Linux operating system up to date, not only for security purposes but also to address any bugs that might arise. The actions taken to address such updates can be classified into three categories, depending on whether they address baseline software, address functional bugs, or add new features. Baseline updates relate to the Linux kernel, along with standard commands and libraries. Updates that address software bugs may or may not affect security. If you or your users want new features, it may be appropriate to install new releases of updated software.

It’s important to retain configuration control to make sure you know what is installed on Linux systems on the network. ...

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