Is there any way I can get Lynis updates if I'm using Debian Testing (buster)? I'd rather avoid installing newer version of Lynis manually. I'd like to use Debian repository.

root@host:~# lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Debian
Description:    Debian GNU/Linux testing (buster)
Release:        testing
Codename:       buster

Lynis update info:

root@host:~# lynis update info

        Lynis update available

        Current version is more than 4 months old

        Please update to the latest version.
        New releases include additional features, bug fixes, tests and baselines.

        Download the latest version:
        Packages (DEB/RPM) -  https://packages.cisofy.com
        Website            -  https://cisofy.com/downloads/
        GitHub             -  https://github.com/CISOfy/lynis


 == Lynis ==

  Version            : 2.5.0
  Status             : Outdated
  Installed version  : 250
  Latest version     : 257
  Release date       : 2017-05-03
  Update location    : https://cisofy.com/lynis/

2007-2017, CISOfy - https://cisofy.com/lynis/

I ran aptitude update && aptitude full-upgrade but currently there are no more updates.

  • The only way to do this from the Debian repositories is to install the testing or unstable version, however they may not be completely up to date, unless it is a special case or the developer has a special repo for bleeding edge versions. Otherwise, you are best doing a manual install from source, which will guarantee the latest updates. Dec 25, 2017 at 15:15

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The installation process is descried on the official website.

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys C80E383C3DE9F082E01391A0366C67DE91CA5D5F
apt install apt-transport-https
echo 'Acquire::Languages "none";' > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99disable-translations
echo "deb https://packages.cisofy.com/community/lynis/deb/ stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cisofy-lynis.list
apt update
apt remove lynis
apt install lynis

Verify your version:

lynis show version

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