Auto updates, an update! - dstol

In 2019, the Drupal Association lead an initiative to bring Automatic Updates to Drupal. The first phase of that work is complete. Join us for a presentation about where we are today, what’s next, and how to get involved in this initiative.

Implementing an automatic updates system is no small feat, especially for a project as mature and architecturally complex as Drupal. There are many different factors that have to be considered:

Supporting both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

Ensuring that sites are ready to safely & securely receive updates

Managing the transitional state of Drupal, where some installations use Composer, and some do not

In this session we’ll focus on:

Some of Drupal’s history

Why the Automatic Updates initiative is important

Where we are today

What’s next

How we are avoiding creating more surface area for risk

And how you can get involved

The Automatic Updates Initiative was an effort done in collaboration by the Drupal Association, the European Commission, Acquia, Pantheon, MTech, and Tag1Consulting. We particularly want to thank contributor mbaynton, for his work on the architecture of the signing oracle.

A similar session discussing the complexities of implementing a secure signing infrastructure for the update services being delivered by is also being submitted by Neil Drumm at Drupal Dev Days.

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