Paranoid Penguin - Using Yum for RPM Updates

You can eliminate most known security risks by removing unused software and keeping your system up to date. Here's how to do it with the new tool chosen by three of the most popular Linux distributions.
Further Information

If you have any problems using Yum, ample help, including two excellent FAQs, is available on-line. See the on-line Resources section. If the on-line documentation doesn't help, a Yum mailing list is available too. Before posting a question, however, be sure to try a Google search or two. In the course of writing this article, I found a number of postings to the Yum mailing list addressing various questions and problems I had, all located with Google.

Resources for this article: /article/7501.

Mick Bauer, CISSP, is Linux Journal's security editor and an IS security consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He's the author of Building Secure Servers With Linux (O'Reilly & Associates, 2002).



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The comment "Garrick, use rea

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The comment "Garrick, use really small font in Listing 1 (or make wider than one column) to keep the lines from breaking"
Appears above the listing at the begining of the article, and there are a few times where there are font and other editing/publishing instructions for 'garrick' to follow. Thiis is an old article, but I figure I should make note of it so if anyone monitors this still they can correct it.

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Thanks I have just started using Yellow Dog Linux this aricle couldn't have been better timed than if you wrote it just for me.