13-15 March 2020

City, University London

Auto updates, an update!



Session details

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 Drupal.org is also being submitted by Neil Drumm at Drupal Dev Days.

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14.00 - 14.45





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Kevin Bridges


Michel van Velde

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Nick Veenhof

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Kevin Bridges


Michel van Velde

One Shoe, CEO

Greg Harvey

Code Enigma, Director

Rachel Lawson

Drupal Association, Community Liaison

Carrie Lacina

Drupal Association, Fund Development Director

Jeffrey A. “jam” McGuire

Open Strategy Partners, Partner

Tracy Evans

Open Strategy Partners, Partner

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