[Bug 897545] Re: update-manager should handle failed package list updates

Bryan 897545 at bugs.launchpad.net
Mon Sep 24 16:43:37 UTC 2012

*** This bug is a duplicate of bug 1055614 ***

I agree that this is a security issue.  Any attacker that can spoof the
name of a previously used wifi hotspot can force a computer to stop all
updates.  See my linked bug report.


** This bug has been marked a duplicate of bug 1055614
   captive web portal corrupt Indexes

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  update-manager should handle failed package list updates

Status in “update-manager” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  At some point last week update-manager failed to upgrade the package
  list. Now it tells my package information has been updated last 7 days
  ago. When pressing the "Check" (for updates) button the following
  error message is shown:

      W:Failed to fetch http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/oneiric-proposed/main/binary-i386/Packages  416  Requested Range Not Satisfiable [IP: 80]
      , E:Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  Now I know, that I can safely clean the /var/lib/apt/lists/ folder to
  solve that problem, but to avoid non-technical users being prevented
  from installing security updates, update-manager should do this
  cleanup automatically.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
  Package: update-manager 1:
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-13.22-generic 3.0.6
  Uname: Linux 3.0.0-13-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Tue Nov 29 07:47:54 2011
  PackageArchitecture: all
  SourcePackage: update-manager
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-13 (46 days ago)

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