Does Linux Mint need better security?

Today in Open Source: Does Linux Mint have a security problem? Or has the media made a mountain out of a molehill?

There have been disturbing reports in the media about Linux Mint having security problems. Is this something to worry about or has it been wildly overblown by the press?

Muktware takes a look at this issue and refutes the claims made by a Canonical developer.

Oliver Grawert made a pretty blunt claim on the Ubuntu Developer mailing list a couple of weeks ago, stating that Linux Mint is insecure, and that he wouldn’t deem it secure enough to do his banking. This claim appears to be mostly based on the fact that Linux Mint, by default, does not install certain updates, because they form a danger to the stability of the system.

Now let’s break this claim down, shall we?

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Here's a post from the Canonical developer made on the Ubuntu developer mailing list.

It might for exmaple allow security updates (which are explicitly hacked out of Linux Mint for Xorg, the kernel, Firefox, the bootloader and various other packages)

so that you dont have to go online with a vulnerable system ;)

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Clement Lefebvre, the head of the Linux Mint project, came roaring back with his own rejoinder to soothe the ruffled feathers of many fearful Linux Mint users.

I hear a Canonical dev was more opinionated than knowledgeable and the press blew what he said out of proportion. I wouldn’t mind too much, if we weren’t finding ourselves answering questions from panicked users rather than working on what matters right now (i.e. Mint 16 RC).

So I’ll be brief.

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Wow. This sounds like the Canonical developer made a mountain out of a molehill. And, of course, some folks in the press just ran with it without looking into it in a deeper way.

I'm glad the Linux Mint developers issued a statement, I'm sure there were a fair number of upset Linux Mint users out there. As always, take what you read in the press with a huge grain of salt and always look for verification from trusted and knowledgeable sources before believing any of it.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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