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  1. #1
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    Dec 2012

    Question Software-updater doesn't ask me for root password

    When I get a prompt to install new updates, it usually doesn't want any password: when I click "Install", it automatically tries to download and install them. this often happens for security updates.
    why ubuntu doesn't ask me for my root password? Is this safe?

    My Ubuntu: 12.10 (updated)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Reykjavík, Ísland
    Lubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

    Re: Software-updater doesn't ask me for root password


    It was changed one or two releases ago. The reason is that asking for a password might keep some users away from installing.

    Only when a new kernel is offered one has to give the password. A new kernel is a more fundamental change to the system and is not considered a normal update.

    You might notice that sudo apt-get upgrade does not apply a new kernel, but sudo apt-get dist-upgrade does. It's the same distinction.
    If you install Buntu 17.10 remember to download a new ISO file.

    Old ISO files might contain a bug which can damage UEFI hardware. Updating an existing installation and upgrading to 17.10 (if one has faith in upgrades in general) are safe.

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