KRNL-5788 - Linux kernel update available

(Kernel)

This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control KRNL-5788 and should be considered as-is and without guarantees. Any advice and commands should be tested before implementing them in production environments.

Description

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.

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