Security Controls

PKGS-7346 - Unpurged packages


While not directly a security concern, unpurged packages are not installed but still have remains left on the system (e.g. configuration files). In case software is reinstalled, an old configuration might be applied. Proper cleanups are therefore advised.



How to solve

Packages which are removed, but still have some files left on the systems, are called unpurged packages. For example, a changed configuration file might not be deleted by the package manager, to ensure you don't loose your customizations. However if you intended to remove a package fully, an additional step is needed to clean those files. This is "purging" and can be done with the dpkg command.


dpkg --purge

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This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control PKGS-7346. All information should be considered as-is, without guarantees. Any advice or snippets should be tested before implementing in production environments.


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