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/ 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.

[29 May 2016] DSA-3588 symfony security update
[27 May 2016] DSA-3587 libgd2 security update
[23 May 2016] DSA-3586 atheme-services security update
[22 May 2016] DSA-3585 wireshark security update
[19 May 2016] DSA-3584 librsvg security update
[18 May 2016] DSA-3583 swift-plugin-s3 security update
[18 May 2016] DSA-3582 expat security update
[17 May 2016] DSA-3581 libndp security update
[16 May 2016] DSA-3580 imagemagick security update
[16 May 2016] DSA-3579 xerces-c security update
[14 May 2016] DSA-3578 libidn security update
[14 May 2016] DSA-3577 jansson security update
[13 May 2016] DSA-3576 icedove security update
[12 May 2016] DSA-3575 libxstream-java security update
[10 May 2016] DSA-3574 libarchive security update
[09 May 2016] DSA-3573 qemu security update
[09 May 2016] DSA-3572 websvn security update
[08 May 2016] DSA-3571 ikiwiki security update
[05 May 2016] DSA-3570 mercurial security update
[05 May 2016] DSA-3569 openafs security update
[05 May 2016] DSA-3568 libtasn1-6 security update
[04 May 2016] DSA-3567 libpam-sshauth security update
[03 May 2016] DSA-3566 openssl security update
[02 May 2016] DSA-3565 botan1.10 security update
[02 May 2016] DSA-3564 chromium-browser security update
[01 May 2016] DSA-3563 poppler security update
[01 May 2016] DSA-3562 tardiff 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: 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.