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Automatic security updates in Ubuntu with unattended-upgrades

Even if you’re not a sysadmin, you’ll probably have heard of the latest bash security vulnerability - it was hard to miss news of the “deadly serious” bug dubbed “shellshock”. We blogged about it last week ourselves.

Also known by the considerably less exciting name, CVE-2014-6271, the bug (or arguably series of bugs) is actually quite serious and quite easy to exploit remotely in many situations. Luckily there are fixes and they’re easily applied.

But what if you didn’t even have to worry about applying them? What if your servers automatically patched themselves overnight?

Well, we’ve just posted a short guide on how to do just that using Ubuntu’s (and Debian’s!) unattended-upgrades system. You can get automatic updates configured for a cloud server in just a couple of minutes.

If you want to follow along but you’re not already a customer, you can get signed up - we’ll even throw in a £20 credit to get you started!

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