PKGS-7394 - Ubuntu upgrade packages

(Software)

This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control PKGS-7394 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 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.

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