I want necessary security updates on my Ubuntu servers, without my interference. In general, do I need to do anything else after selecting the 'Security updates only' option in the automatic updates section of the OS installation process?

I've looked in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades and seen that the only archive available is indeed security. I'll probably set up the Unattended-Upgrade::Mail and Unattended-Upgrade::MailOnlyOnError parameters, and choose to reboot at a more convenient time with Unattended-Upgrade::Automatic-Reboot-Time "02:00".

I've looked at the documentation for unattended-upgrades on 14.04 server, which I understand is for setting it up after installation. The guide suggests the following in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10periodic:

APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";
APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "1";
APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "7";
APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";

But my version of this file only contains:

APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";
APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "0";
APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "0";

Apart from the APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval which I understand, are these only different because I have a 50unattended-upgrades file?


In normal cases where you want a stable deployment of lets say LAMP and all what comes with it in production environment security updates are sufficient.

You need to change the


file to this:

# switches on the apt get update run 0 for off
APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";
# lets the server pre download available packages 0 for off
APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "1";
# runs apt-get clean every 7 days
APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "7";
# switches the unattended upgrades on 0 for off
APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";

Beside that you have a couple more options in the

/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades file.

P.S.: all other upgrades are normally done on a server environment by hand.

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