Security Controls

KRNL-5788 - Linux kernel update available


This control is for systems based on Debian/Ubuntu and tests the availability of a new Linux kernel. When an update is available, it's usually a security related update or an update to fix serious flaws.



How to solve

When a kernel update is available for Debian/Ubuntu based systems, they are usually security related. Determine if the related update can be applied and the system scheduled to be rebooted.

Linux and Unix System Hardening

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