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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.

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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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