Unattended updates

David Nielsen david at lovesunix.net
Fri Jun 30 12:21:58 BST 2006

fre, 30 06 2006 kl. 19:37 +0930, skrev Karl Goetz:
> Kai Hendry wrote:
> > On 2006-06-30T01:10-0500 Scott Dier wrote:
> >> I've actually had someone get very unhappy if we turned on automatic 
> >> updates with their laptop since they use a modem from time to time and 
> >> it can get very slow otherwise.
> > 
> > True, though perhaps they can be automatically throttled.
> Throttle dial up?
> I connect over dialup at 4.8kb/s. how are you going to throttle that and 
> have a usable connection? not going to happen

Network-Manager, if it's connected via modem we just don't update unless
asked to.

That being said if the system starts doing underhanded automatic
installs I would think that if the user has 3rd party repos in his
sources.list we would be subject to some nasty spoofing attacks (here
I'm assuming said 3rd party doesn't sign packages or similar silliness -
remember most users will mindlessly just answer yes to any question the
system posses without reading the explanatory text)

- David

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