Security Information

Debian takes security very seriously. We handle all security problems brought to our attention and ensure that they are corrected within a reasonable timeframe. Many advisories are coordinated with other free software vendors and are published the same day a vulnerability is made public and we also have a Security Audit team that reviews the archive looking for new or unfixed security bugs.

Experience has shown that security through obscurity does not work. Public disclosure allows for more rapid and better solutions to security problems. In that vein, this page addresses Debian's status with respect to various known security holes, which could potentially affect Debian.

Debian also participates in security standardization efforts: the Debian Security Advisories are CVE-Compatible (review the cross references) and Debian is represented in the Board of the Open Vulnerability Assessment Language project.

Keeping your Debian system secure

In order to receive the latest Debian security advisories, subscribe to the debian-security-announce mailing list.

You can use apt to easily get the latest security updates. This requires a line such as

deb jessie/updates main contrib non-free

in your /etc/apt/sources.list file. Then execute apt-get update && apt-get upgrade to download and apply the pending updates. The security archive is signed with the normal Debian archive signing keys.

For more information about security issues in Debian, please refer to the Security Team FAQ and a manual called Securing Debian.

Recent Advisories

These web pages include a condensed archive of security advisories posted to the debian-security-announce list.

[16 Feb 2017] DSA-3790 spice security update
[15 Feb 2017] DSA-3789 libevent security update
[13 Feb 2017] DSA-3788 tomcat8 security update
[13 Feb 2017] DSA-3787 tomcat7 security update
[13 Feb 2017] DSA-3786 vim security update
[09 Feb 2017] DSA-3785 jasper security update
[09 Feb 2017] DSA-3784 viewvc security update
[08 Feb 2017] DSA-3783 php5 security update
[08 Feb 2017] DSA-3782 openjdk-7 security update
[05 Feb 2017] DSA-3781 svgsalamander security update
[01 Feb 2017] DSA-3780 ntfs-3g security update
[01 Feb 2017] DSA-3779 wordpress security update
[31 Jan 2017] DSA-3778 ruby-archive-tar-minitar security update
[31 Jan 2017] DSA-3777 libgd2 security update
[31 Jan 2017] DSA-3776 chromium-browser security update
[29 Jan 2017] DSA-3775 tcpdump security update
[29 Jan 2017] DSA-3774 lcms2 security update
[27 Jan 2017] DSA-3773 openssl security update
[26 Jan 2017] DSA-3772 libxpm security update
[25 Jan 2017] DSA-3771 firefox-esr security update
[22 Jan 2017] DSA-3770 mariadb-10.0 security update
[22 Jan 2017] DSA-3769 libphp-swiftmailer security update
[20 Jan 2017] DSA-3768 openjpeg2 security update
[19 Jan 2017] DSA-3767 mysql-5.5 security update
[19 Jan 2017] DSA-3766 mapserver security update

The latest Debian security advisories are also available in RDF format. We also offer a second file that includes the first paragraph of the corresponding advisory so you can see in it what the advisory is about.

The older security advisories are also available: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 and undated security advisories, included for posterity.

Debian distributions are not vulnerable to all security problems. The Debian Security Tracker collects all information about the vulnerability status of Debian packages, and can be searched by CVE name or by package.

Contact Information

Please read the Security Team FAQ before contacting us, your question may well be answered there already!

The contact information is in the FAQ as well.