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Debian Project releases Debian 9.6, bundling many security patches

Over the weekend, the Debian Project announced the availability of Debian 9.6, the sixth point release since version 9 was released in June 2017. The new update means that users can grab new disk images with all the latest updates included, this is useful if you were planning to install Debian on an offline machine or didn’t want to sit and install a year’s worth of updates – with that said, the Debian Project urges users not to throw away their old Debian 9 installation media as these latest patches are delivered via the update manager too.

In a statement, the Debian Project said:

The Debian project is pleased to announce the sixth update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename "stretch"). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

Some notable packages that received bug fixes include cargo - a Rust language component - which was added to support Firefox 60 ESR which now uses more Rust code, clamav, debian-installer, enigmail, firmware-nonfree, gnupg2, grub2, rustc which is now supported on arm64, armel, armhf, i386, ppc64el, and s390x architectures, systemd, tor, ublock-origin, and wpa.

Several more packages got security updates, some notable packages include chromium-browser, cups, thunderbird, ffmpeg, vlc, linux (kernel), openjdk-8, firefox-esr, and postgresql-9.6.

If you’re looking to download the newly spun images you can find them over on the Debian Project website. Additionally, the unofficial images that come with proprietary firmware bundled in have also been updated; these non-free versions are useful if you’ve found that Debian isn’t compatible with a certain piece of hardware.

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