Security Controls

PKGS-7394 - Ubuntu upgrade packages


This control tests for available upgrades on Ubuntu. Depending on your software upgrade policy, determine if this control is too strict.



How to solve

Software upgrades and patches increase the stability and solve known bugs. In some cases they include security related issues, like software vulnerabilities. Companies need a "software patch management" process to properly assess these upgrades and updates, to ensure staying up-to-date and lowering operational risk.

Linux and Unix System Hardening

This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control PKGS-7394. All information should be considered as-is, without guarantees. Any advice or snippets should be tested before implementing in production environments.


Lynis is a technical security audit tool for systems running Linux, UNIX, *BSD, and macOS. It is open source software and free to use. The project has an active community, and can also be found on GitHub.

Lynis Enterprise

Need more advanced features, like vulnerability scanning, or reporting installed software packages? Lynis Enterprise will collect more data and present it with an easy to use web interface.

Gain additional benefits: automating security audits, reporting, and the implementation of related security measures.

Lynis Enterprise includes
  • Centralized management
  • Prioritized plans
  • Reporting
  • Dashboards
  • Integration (API)
  • Improvement snippets for tools like Ansible, Chef, Cfengine and Puppet

Take the Tour