03 January 2008

Security Warnings with Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Updates

The most recent updates to Ubuntu suddenly started generating warning messages saying that the patches could not be authenticated.

This is apparently a known bug in package bookkeeping. The procedure for fixing it seemed to be:

1. sudo mv /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup

2. sudo touch /etc/apt/sources.list

3. Run the package manager and check for updates. You should see none; quit the package manager.

4. sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list

5. sudo mv /etc/apt/sources.list.backup /etc/apt/sources.list

6. Run the package manager again; this time you should be able to install the updates without warnings.


1 comment:

Paul said...

Sounds like a Debian problem. I'm still amazed that problems like this escape internal testing. Oh well.

P.S. I got a job at Google! Hope you and the family are doing well. :)