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Software updater snuck in a package that is unwanted


On 21 October 2017 at 09:51, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 21/10/2017, Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 21 October 2017 at 08:11, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 21/10/2017, Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On 21 Oct 2017 7:17 a.m., "Bret Busby" <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I have the following suggestions, which I believe to be
>>>> useful and worthwhile.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> A simple question, how do you know when an important security update is
>>>> required?
>>>>
>>> ....
>>> So, while your question may have appeared to be simple, the answer may
>>> not be as simple as expected. See the proverb in my signature.
>>
>> May I try a different question then? How would you expect a user who
>> has never heard of CERT advisories to know about security updates?
>>
>> Colin
>>
>
> 1. Every computer user should subscribe to the CERT advisories. I
> realise that probably less than 1% of computer users, are aware of the
> CERT advisories, but, I believe that this is a case where "educating
> the masses" would be helpful.

So given that fact, what practical steps should we take to ensure
that, to use your term, the non-educated masses receive security
updates?  Note that the steps need to have immediate effect as there
may be a critical update at any time.

Colin

>
> 2. As stated in my reply to your previous question:
>
> "
> Regarding the issue of security (and other software) updates being
> available, in Ubuntu, ever since I found them (the following), I have
> applied a panel
> applet, which provides notifications, which (I believe) invokes the
> Software Updater notifier of the updates being available, so that,
> when updates become available, a pop-up (?) window's presence is shown
> in the taskbar, and, clicking on that, opened the window of the
> Software Updater.
> "
>
> That, I believe, makes unattended-upgrades redundant.
>
> I realise that other people may strongly disagree with me on that
> point, but, the method had so far, kept my systems in use, relatively
> updated.
>
> --
>
> Bret Busby
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> West Australia
>
> ..............
>
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