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 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.

[16 Dec 2014] DSA-3105 heirloom-mailx - security update
[16 Dec 2014] DSA-3104 bsd-mailx - security update
[13 Dec 2014] DSA-3103 libyaml-libyaml-perl - security update
[13 Dec 2014] DSA-3102 libyaml - security update
[13 Dec 2014] DSA-3101 c-icap - security update
[12 Dec 2014] DSA-3100 mediawiki - security update
[11 Dec 2014] DSA-3099 dbus - security update
[11 Dec 2014] DSA-3098 graphviz - security update
[11 Dec 2014] DSA-3096 pdns-recursor - security update
[10 Dec 2014] DSA-3097 unbound - security update
[10 Dec 2014] DSA-3095 xorg-server - security update
[08 Dec 2014] DSA-3094 bind9 - security update
[08 Dec 2014] DSA-3093 linux - security update
[07 Dec 2014] DSA-3092 icedove - security update
[07 Dec 2014] DSA-3091 getmail4 - security update
[04 Dec 2014] DSA-3090 iceweasel - security update
[04 Dec 2014] DSA-3089 jasper - security update
[04 Dec 2014] DSA-3088 qemu-kvm - security update
[04 Dec 2014] DSA-3087 qemu - security update
[03 Dec 2014] DSA-3086 tcpdump - security update
[03 Dec 2014] DSA-3085 wordpress - security update
[01 Dec 2014] DSA-3084 openvpn - security update
[30 Nov 2014] DSA-3083 mutt - security update
[30 Nov 2014] DSA-3082 flac - security update
[29 Nov 2014] DSA-3081 libvncserver - security update
[29 Nov 2014] DSA-3080 openjdk-7 - security update
[28 Nov 2014] DSA-3079 ppp - security update
[27 Nov 2014] DSA-3078 libksba - security update
[26 Nov 2014] DSA-3077 openjdk-6 - security update
[25 Nov 2014] DSA-3076 wireshark - security update
[20 Nov 2014] DSA-3075 drupal7 - security update
[18 Nov 2014] DSA-3074 php5 - 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.