I am running Debian Wheezy, which is the current stable Debian distribution. In my /etc/apt/sources.list, I have something like the following:

deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian wheezy main
deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian-security/ wheezy/updates main

When I run apt-get update and apt-get upgrade, I would expect that only security updates will be installed. However, I see that there are other packages which want to be updated, such as:

dpkg (1.16.10) -> (1.16.12)

could somebody please explain what is the debian update policy? Why were these packaged updated? I was under the impression, that only security issues are being fixed in stable distribution.


Debian updates main mirror sometimes. That update contains all security updates from last release and some not-security updates. For example last minor update was 12 Oct and that update contains dpkg improvements

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