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Re: Patch management tool
From: Miles Stevenson <miles () mstevenson org>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 12:13:56 -0400


 I don't see what your question has to do with pen-testing. Please try and 
keep your questions relevant to the discussion topic of the list. This post 
would be more appropriate for the security-basics list.

 I'm not aware of a tool that can push package updates to all the different 
linux distributions out there. You have to remember, some of these distro's 
are RPM based such as SuSe and RedHat/Fedora, while some are source based, 
such as Gentoo and Slackware. It is a good idea to treat each individual 
linux distro as a seprate operating system. Just as you would differentiate 
FreeBSD from RedHat, you should differentiate RedHat from SuSe. Each of these 
systems have their own way of managing updates. You will be much better off 
sticking to just a few different operating systems in your environment and 
managing updates to them using tools that were meant for that OS.  

 Keeping your systems patched and up-to-date takes constant vigilance. There 
is no magic tool that is going to solve all your problems here. Sorry.

On Friday 03 September 2004 05:45 am, Milind Nanal wrote:

Looking for best free tool /open source solution for Linux operating system
patches management. There are commercial tools available like Novell
zenworks, Shavlik Technologies. But I am looking for non commercial option.

Some thing like patch distribution server which possibly push the recent OS
patches to other linux systems. Linux distribution should covering RedHat,
Suse other linux flavors.

Quick response is highly appreciated.



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