My google compute engine instance is running Debian. As I’ve read, those running Centos and Redhat linux have a nightly yum update, but not servers running Debian Linux. If you’re unsure which version of linux you have, run
My Debian Linux Google compute engine has apt-get installed and not yum. Run this command to have it check for and print updates; it won’t install them.
apt list --upgradable
If you haven’t upgraded software in a while, you’ll see a long list of packages that need to be updated.
There are a few different ways to install the updates as described here https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/security-bulletins and here https://askubuntu.com/questions/194651/why-use-apt-get-upgrade-instead-of-apt-get-dist-upgrade . I usually run
apt-get -y dist-upgrade
Afterward if you run “apt list –upgradable” again it’ll just say “Listing… Done” since nothing needs to be updated.