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 stretch/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.

[22 Jun 2018] DSA-4233 bouncycastle security update
[20 Jun 2018] DSA-4232 xen security update
[17 Jun 2018] DSA-4231 libgcrypt20 security update
[17 Jun 2018] DSA-4230 redis security update
[14 Jun 2018] DSA-4229 strongswan security update
[14 Jun 2018] DSA-4228 spip security update
[12 Jun 2018] DSA-4227 plexus-archiver security update
[12 Jun 2018] DSA-4226 perl security update
[10 Jun 2018] DSA-4225 openjdk-7 security update
[08 Jun 2018] DSA-4224 gnupg security update
[08 Jun 2018] DSA-4223 gnupg1 security update
[08 Jun 2018] DSA-4222 gnupg2 security update
[08 Jun 2018] DSA-4221 libvncserver security update
[08 Jun 2018] DSA-4220 firefox-esr security update
[08 Jun 2018] DSA-4219 jruby security update
[06 Jun 2018] DSA-4218 memcached security update
[03 Jun 2018] DSA-4217 wireshark security update
[02 Jun 2018] DSA-4216 prosody security update
[02 Jun 2018] DSA-4215 batik security update
[01 Jun 2018] DSA-4214 zookeeper security update
[29 May 2018] DSA-4213 qemu security update
[29 May 2018] DSA-4212 git security update
[25 May 2018] DSA-4211 xdg-utils security update
[25 May 2018] DSA-4210 xen security update
[25 May 2018] DSA-4209 thunderbird 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: 2018, 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.