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 http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/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.

[17 Apr 2014] DSA-2908 openssl - security update
[16 Apr 2014] DSA-2907 - announcement of long term support for Debian oldstable
[15 Apr 2014] DSA-2905 chromium-browser - security update
[15 Apr 2014] DSA-2904 virtualbox - security update
[14 Apr 2014] DSA-2903 strongswan - security update
[13 Apr 2014] DSA-2902 curl - security update
[12 Apr 2014] DSA-2901 wordpress - security update
[10 Apr 2014] DSA-2900 jbigkit - security update
[09 Apr 2014] DSA-2899 openafs - security update
[09 Apr 2014] DSA-2898 imagemagick - security update
[08 Apr 2014] DSA-2897 tomcat7 - security update
[07 Apr 2014] DSA-2896 openssl - security update
[06 Apr 2014] DSA-2895 prosody - security update
[05 Apr 2014] DSA-2894 openssh - security update
[31 Mar 2014] DSA-2893 openswan - security update
[31 Mar 2014] DSA-2892 a2ps - security update
[30 Mar 2014] DSA-2891 mediawiki, mediawiki-extensions - security update
[29 Mar 2014] DSA-2890 libspring-java - security update
[28 Mar 2014] DSA-2889 postfixadmin - security update
[27 Mar 2014] DSA-2888 ruby-actionpack-3.2 - security update
[27 Mar 2014] DSA-2887 ruby-actionmailer-3.2 - security update
[26 Mar 2014] DSA-2886 libxalan2-java - security update
[26 Mar 2014] DSA-2885 libyaml-libyaml-perl - security update
[26 Mar 2014] DSA-2884 libyaml - security update
[23 Mar 2014] DSA-2883 chromium-browser - security update
[20 Mar 2014] DSA-2882 extplorer - security update
[19 Mar 2014] DSA-2881 iceweasel - 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: 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.