If you need to be up-to-date about security related information then subscribing to mailing lists is often the most effective solution.
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More newsletters are available from the Informatikdienste, please subscribe to them if you're running machines in the ETH network:
- Sympa https://sympa.ethz.ch/ (description)
- inputflash - monthly newsletter of the central IT support
- allib - discussion list of system administrators, 2-3 mails per week
- ETH-Web - discussion list of web designers, less than 1 mail per week
- Email-Admin - discussion list of E-Mail administrators, less than 1 mail per week
- Message Tree http://www.messagetree.ethz.ch/\\ - Subscribe to the whole Sicherheit / Security tree. It's less than a mail per week.
Software vendors typically announce their security patches via mailing lists. When operating a system, you should subscribe to those lists to get up to date information about patches, updates etc. Here's a showcase collection of such lists. They're all low volume lists with typically less than one mail per week:
- Windows http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/notify.mspx
- Debian http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
Two big mailing lists are currently discussing about security problems. Subscribe to them in case you like (or need to) be on the bleeding edge. You will get a lot of mails, quite often also mails which can mess with your mailclient (Outlook, Thunderbird, ...). Do not subscribe unless you now what you are doing
- BUGTRAQ http://www.securityfocus.com/archive - Moderated discussion list, about 10 ~ 20 mails per day
- Full-Disclosure https://lists.grok.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/full-disclosure - Non moderated discussion list, about 30 ~ 50 mails per day
Critical problems are currently usually cross posted between both lists and subscribing to BUGTRAQ should be enough.