[clug] End-of-life

Bob Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Tue Apr 18 00:05:42 UTC 2017

Hi Brian,

Further to Neil's comments, it really depends what you use it for and
how "connected" it is. The main reason for wanting to run a "supported"
version of your O/S is to get future security-related updates, of which
there will likely be many.

The main security "attack vector" will be the Internet. A secondary
vector will be copying files etc. from random USB and other media.

If your machine is behind a (supported) firewall etc. (and has no WiFi
connections of its own) then it should be fine.

If it's a server, offering Internet-facing services with encryption
etc., then you should seriously consider upgrading at least the O/S
to Ubuntu 14.04 or 16.04.

If you use it as a desktop for browsing the web etc., again, you should
upgrade it, or disable flash, java, javascript etc. etc.

Just some thoughts.

Bob Edwards.

On 16/04/17 18:12, Neil Pickford via linux wrote:
> Hello Brian
> Really depends how paranoid you want to be.
> I have a Linux 2.2 system still running 24x7 live on the net originally
> installed in 2000 - Yes that's 17 years almost non stop.
> It really depends what you are doing with it and how much of a honey pot
> it is.
> The ASD security people who write the ISM will advise turning it off
> immediately, even though they don't do that to their own equipment.
> NeilP
> On 16/04/2017 12:20 AM, Bryan Kilgallin via linux wrote:
>> My old PC runs Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS Precise Pangolin, whose end of life
>> date is April 28, 2017.
>> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases
>> How urgently do I need to discontinue using it?

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