Sam Stelfox

Thoughts from a software engineer, systems hacker and Linux gubernāre.


PLEASE NOTE: yum-updatesd is currently broken on Fedora 17 so I've replaced it on my current systems with the following daily cron script which I drop into the file /etc/cron.daily/00update-system with execute permissions

yum update -y >/dev/null

yum-updatesd provides a daemon which checks for available updates and can notify you when they are available via email, syslog or dbus.

By default yum-updatesd notifies the administrator via dbus. DBus as a notification channel is great for desktop machines but almost useless without additional daemons for servers. I personally prefer syslog as a notification mechanism but email is useful as well.

Security Notes

Updates are critically important to keeping a system secured. This daemon can notify administrators of pending updates and optionally install them automatically upon detection. If you are using a trusted repository with a community or locally reviewed updates that are cryptographically signed such as the default Fedora or RedHat repositories it is safe to automatically install updates.


You'll want to ensure /etc/yum/yum-updatesd.conf looks like below:

# Check for updates automatically every hour (in seconds)
run_interval = 3600
# Allow checking (refresh) every 10 minutes (in seconds)
updaterefresh = 600

# send notifications to syslog (valid: dbus, email, syslog)
emit_via = syslog
# Don't listen on the dbus we don't use it
dbus_listener = no

# automatically install updates
do_update = yes
# automatically download updates
do_download = yes
# automatically download dependencies of updates
do_download_deps = yes

Afterwards configure it to start up automagically and start up now:

systemctl enable yum-updatesd.service
systemctl start yum-updatesd.service