Security support for Wheezy handed over to the LTS team

April 25th, 2016

As of 25 April, one year after the release of Debian 8, alias "Jessie", and nearly three years after the release of Debian 7, alias "Wheezy", regular security support for Wheezy comes to an end. The Debian Long Term Support (LTS) Team will take over security support.

Information for users

Wheezy LTS will be supported from 26 April 2016 to 31 May 2018.

For Debian 7 Wheezy LTS there will be no requirement to add a separate wheezy-lts suite to your sources.list any more and your current setup will continue to work without further changes.

For how to use Debian Long Term Support please read LTS/Using.

Important information and changes regarding Wheezy LTS can be found at LTS/Wheezy.

Most notably OpenJDK 7 will be made the new Java default JRE/JDK on 26 June 2016 to ensure full security support until Wheezy LTS reaches its end-of-life.

You should also subscribe to the announcement mailing list for security updates for Wheezy LTS.

A few packages are not covered by the Wheezy LTS support. These can be detected by installing the debian-security-support package. If debian-security-support detects an unsupported package which is critical to you, please get in touch with

Mailing lists

The whole coordination of the Debian LTS effort is handled through the debian-lts mailing list

Please subscribe or follow us via GMANE (gmane.linux.debian.devel.lts)

Aside from the debian-lts-announce list, there is also a list for following all uploads in Wheezy LTS.

Security Tracker

All information on the status of vulnerabilities (e.g. if the version in Wheezy LTS happens to be unaffected while Jessie is affected) will be tracked in the Debian Security Tracker.

If you happen to spot an error in the data, please see

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