The Debian Project Released A New Kernel Update For “Jessie”

Debian is one of most stable Linux-based operating systems available out there and the Debian project through one of its members Salvatore Bonanccorso, released some details regarding a big Linux Kernel security update that arrived on GNU/Linux 8 Jessie operating system.

The Kernel fix was directed to Linux Kernel 3.16 LTS packages under the current stable Debian GNU/Linux Release that is code named Jessie. According to the Debian Security Advisory DSA-3607-1, this kernel update includes up to twenty-one vulnerabilities that have been fixed.

“Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a privilege escalation, denial of service or information leaks,” reads the security notice. “For the stable distribution (Jessie), these problems have been fixed in version 3.16.7-ckt25-2+deb8u2. We recommend that you upgrade your Linux packages.”

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The Debian team takes security very seriously and handle all security problems brought to their attention to ensuring that they are corrected within a reasonable timeframe.

In a post o the project website, it is stated that “Many advisories are coordinated with other free software vendors and are published the same day a vulnerability is made public and we also have a Security Audit team that reviews the archive looking for new or unfixed security bugs.”

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The team also went further to advise all users running Debian GNU/Linux Jessie operating system to update their kernel packages to version 3.16.7-ckt25-2+deb8u2.

Everything that the users need to update is now available in main software repository and all they need to do is to open the terminal and punch in the system update command.

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