Debian 12.6 Released with Plenty of Bug Fixes and Updates

Jul 01, 2024

The sixth update to Debian "Bookworm" is all about security mitigations and making adjustments for some "serious problems."

The developers of Debian have made available the sixth point release of version 12 (codename "Bookworm"). This is not a new version of the OS but an update to some of the included packages. But given the nature of security, any release that mitigates vulnerabilities should be considered important. Users who regularly update from will most likely already have all of the included patches/fixes.

The security updates for 12.6 include several packages, many of which aren't for user-facing applications, but are still considered necessary. For instance, you'll find security patches for bind9, unbound, nodejs, webkit2gtk, yard, squid, apache2, flatpak, cacti, cockpit, xorg-server, php8.2, and (of course) the Linux kernel. There are some user apps listed, such as Thunderbird, Firefox ESR, gnome-shell, and LibreOffice.

There have also been a few packages removed from Bookworm, such as phpgadmin, pytest-salt-factories, ruby-arel, spip, and vasttrafic-cli. These packages were removed for reasons beyond the Debian team's control.

Of course, there's also a long list of bug fixes (as there is with most updates).

Although Debian 12.6 isn't a major update with game-changing features, because it includes plenty of security patches, you should upgrade your existing version of the OS ASAP. Read more about 12.6 in the official release notes.


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