Re: Security updates

From: Matthew Seaman (m.seaman_at_infracaninophile.co.uk)
Date: 03/27/04

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    Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 19:20:21 +0000
    To: slimmy baddog <slimmybaddog@hotmail.com>
    
    
    

    On Sat, Mar 27, 2004 at 06:15:08PM +0000, slimmy baddog wrote:

    > I am new to FreeBSD and i wanted to ask something since systems security is
    > what interests me the most.
    >
    > Does freebsd have an automated update system like redhat has ?

    It's not quite like the way RedHat does things. Under FreeBSD, there
    is a clear distinction between the system and 3rd party packages/ports.

    You can use cvsup(1) to synchronise your copy of the system sources
    with the latest available from FreeBSD -- if you track the RELENG_4_9
    branch the only changes you'll get are security patches.

    See the handbook for an explanation of how all this works:

        http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cvsup.html
        http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cvs-tags.html

    If you want a binary update system, see:

        http://www.daemonology.net/freebsd-update/

    This is still in development and hasn't received the official FreeBSD
    imprimatur quite yet (but surely it's only a matter of time). Install
    the security/freebsd-update port to get started with this.

    The ports tree is developed separately from the base system, and
    there's only the one branch that you can track via cvsup(1). Install
    portupgrade(1) for a useful tool to keep ports up to date. The
    security/portaudit port will get you a dynamically updated
    vulnerability database which will warn you of any problems with the
    port versions you have installed.
     
    > Also where can i find a list with patches for all local - remote holes and
    > bugs of FreeBSD 4.9 ?

    Start here:

        http://www.freebsd.org/security/

            Cheers,

            Matthew

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