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Gain Better Control Over Linux Patch Management

Identify and remediate vulnerabilities on your Linux, macOS, and Windows endpoints automatically to minimize your attack surface.
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Strengthen security posture with improved patch compliance

90% faster patching

Automate every step of the patching process so your technicians can focus on support and strategic projects.

Patch every endpoint

Patch Windows, macOS, and Linux servers, workstations, and laptops all from one centralized, easy-to-use platform.

Get visibility and control

Get complete visibility into and control over patch schedules, reboot behavior, and approval automation to ensure you endpoints are always secure.

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SOURCE: 2023 NinjaOne customer survey conducted by Omdia.

The Way Linux Patching Should Be

Patching consistency is a critical step towards maintaining a strong security posture. NinjaOne provides clear visibility into your organization’s overall patch status and enables faster identification and mitigation of software vulnerabilities.

Powerful, Intuitive Patching Dashboard

Quickly and easily view OS patch status for all Windows, macOS, and Linux endpoints to make faster, more informed decisions.
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Linux OS Patching

Identify known vulnerabilities in Linux operating systems and deploy patches to minimize your attack surface.

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Linux Application Patching

Patch any application available via APT, DNF, or YUM in the repository configured on your endpoint.

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Linux Patch Automation

Patch endpoints 90% faster with zero-touch patch identification, approval, deployment, and rebooting.

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Speed Remediation Efforts

Instantly notify technicians via email, SMS, Slack, and other channels of pending or failed patches for faster remediation. 
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Remediation Tools

Easily patch your on-premises, remote, and hybrid endpoints, regardless of location or network.

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Preemptive Patch Approval

Preemptively approve patches to prevent zero days and automatically block problem patches to service outages.

Networkless Wake-for-Patch

Improve patch success rates by waking any device prior to patch scans and patch updates without the need for wake-on-LAN.

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Linux Patch Reporting

Report on patch compliance status, failed patch deployments, and known endpoint vulnerabilities at the click of a button.

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Simplified, consistent patching for your Linux endpoints

Easily create highly customizable Linux patching policies including reboot options, scan schedule, and more to best meet your requirements.

Gain clear visibility into your current Linux distribution deployments

NinjaOne provides clear insight into the Linux distributions that are currently supporting your IT estate. Make faster, more informed decisions to best support your users as well as to maintain a strong security posture.

Speed patching with powerful automation capabilities

Leverage NinjaOne automation to reduce Linux patching time by up to 90% and reduce risk of human error.

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Download this guide to purchasing patch management, and see why NinjaOne Patch Management is consistently rated #1.

Linux Patch Management FAQs

There are multiple stages of patching, but if you want to simplify these stages for Linux devices, you can combine them into three critical steps:

1) Monitoring and scanning endpoints

2) Creating patching policies

3) Deploying patches

Just like Windows patch management, Linux patch management is the process of securing and updating the operating system. By deploying patches to all your endpoints, you can keep your Linux devices safe, secure, and up-to-date on all the latest features.

Even the most skilled IT departments and MSPs often run into patch management problems. While you might not be able to solve all these Linux patching challenges at once, being aware of their existence is the first step that’s necessary for creating a safer, more efficient patch management process.

  • Workflow disruptions
    When patching endpoints that affect large groups of people, such as Linux servers, IT teams must schedule the patch rollouts to occur during off-peak hours. By scheduling in this manner, organizations can avoid disrupting workflows with normal patching processes, such as reboots.
  • Imperfect patches
    Unfortunately, patches aren’t perfect. Even the patches that undergo rigorous sandbox testing sometimes end up creating bugs that must be fixed. One way to ensure that a patch functions as it’s supposed to is to install it to a small group of your Linux devices rather than your entire IT infrastructure. If the small group has no negative effects from the update after a certain period of time, then it’s usually safe to install the patch to the rest of the Linux endpoints.
  • Volume of patches
    Patching every Linux device on a network takes time, especially if an organization doesn’t use automation, and it’s complex work. While small businesses may not have a problem, large organizations and enterprises often struggle with the enormous volume of patches that must be deployed.
  • Manual mistakes
    Human errors and manual mistakes happen, and other than automation, there is no way to prevent them entirely. The consequences of unpatched software are often severe, and all a cybercriminal needs to succeed is one forgotten and unpatched Linux server or endpoint.

The patching process for Linux devices will vary depending on the patching solution and strategies you use. For NinjaOne, you patch Linux servers and devices just like any other endpoints. Thanks to NinjaOne’s clear and intuitive user interface, you can set up and schedule automated patching policies and deployments to all your Linux devices with just a few clicks.

  1. Deploy Linux patches ASAP
    Although it’s tempting to put off patching for a later time, IT teams should prioritize patch management and deploy Linux patches as soon as possible. The longer you wait to deploy critical patches, the more time cybercriminals have to harm your IT environment and organization as a whole.
  2. Stay up-to-date on vendor patch releases
    Although your patch management software should download vendor patches automatically, it’s helpful for administrators to stay up-to-date on the latest releases. By researching the new Linux updates, administrators can learn what vulnerabilities to look out for and how to use new and updated features.
  3. Mitigate patch failure risks
    Thorough patch testing is an essential component of every successful patch management strategy; however, if a bug slips through the cracks, administrators should configure their patching software to alert them when patch failures occur. With these alerts in place, IT teams can either halt updates or quickly brainstorm other solutions to resolve patch failures.
  4. Test and audit all Linux patches
    Sadly, patches aren’t always perfect, so organizations should test and audit all Linux patches before deploying them to all their devices. One way to handle this is to create a small control group made up of Linux systems and deploy the patches only to this group. If the systems function as they should after a specific period of time, then it’s safe to deploy the patch to the rest of the systems.
  5. Automate Linux patch management
    There are many benefits of automated patch management that an organization receives when they leave manual patching in the past, such as increased efficiency and productivity. Automation is the best way to make Linux patch management simpler, faster, easier, and more efficient. Because of the increasing number of devices and patches vs. the decreasing number of IT staff, automated patching is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

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