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.

[14 Jan 2017] DSA-3765 icoutils security update
[13 Jan 2017] DSA-3764 pdns security update
[13 Jan 2017] DSA-3763 pdns-recursor security update
[13 Jan 2017] DSA-3762 tiff security update
[13 Jan 2017] DSA-3761 rabbitmq-server security update
[12 Jan 2017] DSA-3760 ikiwiki security update
[12 Jan 2017] DSA-3759 python-pysaml2 security update
[11 Jan 2017] DSA-3758 bind9 security update
[11 Jan 2017] DSA-3757 icedove security update
[09 Jan 2017] DSA-3756 icoutils security update
[08 Jan 2017] DSA-3755 tomcat8 security update
[08 Jan 2017] DSA-3754 tomcat7 security update
[05 Jan 2017] DSA-3753 libvncserver security update
[04 Jan 2017] DSA-3752 pcsc-lite security update
[01 Jan 2017] DSA-3751 libgd2 security update
[31 Dec 2016] DSA-3750 libphp-phpmailer security update
[29 Dec 2016] DSA-3749 dcmtk security update
[26 Dec 2016] DSA-3748 libcrypto++ security update
[25 Dec 2016] DSA-3747 exim4 security update
[24 Dec 2016] DSA-3746 graphicsmagick security update
[24 Dec 2016] DSA-3745 squid3 security update
[23 Dec 2016] DSA-3744 libxml2 security update
[20 Dec 2016] DSA-3743 python-bottle security update
[20 Dec 2016] DSA-3742 flightgear security update
[20 Dec 2016] DSA-3741 tor security update
[19 Dec 2016] DSA-3740 samba security update
[18 Dec 2016] DSA-3739 tomcat8 security update
[18 Dec 2016] DSA-3738 tomcat7 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.