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ubuntu-advantage - Manage Ubuntu Advantage services from Canonical
ua <command> [<args>]
ubuntu-advantage <command> [<args>]
Ubuntu Advantage is a collection of services offered by Canonical to
Ubuntu users. The Ubuntu Advantage command line tool is used to attach
a system to an Ubuntu Advantage contract to then enable and disable
services from Canonical. The available commands and services are
described in more detail below.
attach [--no-auto-enable] <token>
Connect an Ubuntu Advantage support contract to this machine.
The token parameter can be obtained from https://auth.con-
The optional --no-auto-enable flag will disable the automatic
enablement of recommended entitlements which usually happens
immediately after a successful attach.
collect-logs [-o <file>| --output <file>]
Create a tarball with all relevant UA logs and debug data.
The --output parameter defines the path to the tarball. If not
provided, the file is saved as ua_logs.tar.gz in the current
detach Remove the Ubuntu Advantage support contract from this machine.
This also disables all enabled services that can be.
Disable this machine's access to an Ubuntu Advantage service.
Activate and configure this machine's access to an Ubuntu Advan-
Fix a CVE or USN on the system by upgrading the appropriate
<security_issue> can be any of the following formats: CVE-yyyy-
nnnn, CVE-yyyy-nnnnnnn, or USN-nnnn-dd.
The exit code can be 0, 1, or 2.
0: the fix was successfully applied
1: the fix cannot be applied
2: the fix was applied but requires a reboot before it takes
Refresh contract and service details from Canonical.
Show security updates for packages in the system, including all
available ESM related content.
Report current status of Ubuntu Advantage services on system.
This shows whether this machine is attached to an Ubuntu Advan-
tage support contract. When attached, the report includes the
specific support contract details including contract name,
expiry dates, and the status of each service on this system.
The attached status output has four columns:
SERVICE: name of the service
ENTITLED: whether the contract to which this machine is attached
entitles use of this service. Possible values are: yes or no
STATUS: whether the service is enabled on this machine. Possi-
ble values are: enabled, disabled, n/a (if your contract enti-
tles you to the service, but it isn't available for this
machine) or -- (if you aren't entitled to this service)
DESCRIPTION: a brief description of the service
The unattached status output instead has three columns. SERVICE
and DESCRIPTION are the same as above, and there is the addition
AVAILABLE: whether this service would be available if this
machine were attached. The possible values are yes or no.
Show version of the Ubuntu Advantage package.
UA client sets up a systemd timer to run jobs that need to be executed
recurrently. The timer itself ticks every 5 minutes on average, and
decides which jobs need to be executed based on their intervals.
Jobs are executed by the timer script if the script has not yet run
successfully, or their interval since last successful run is already
exceeded. There is a random delay applied to the timer, to desynchro-
nize job execution time on machines spinned at the same time, avoiding
multiple synchronized calls to the same service.
Current jobs being checked and executed are:
Makes sure that the MOTD and APT messages match the avail-
able/enabled services on the system, showing information about
available packages or security updates.
Makes sure the `ua status` command will have the latest informa-
tion even when executed by a non-root user, updating the
Only operable on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) generic Ubuntu VMs
without an active Ubuntu Advantage license. It polls GCP meta-
data every 5 minutes to discover if a license has been attached
to the VM through Google Cloud and will perform `ua auto-attach`
in that case.
By default, Ubuntu Advantage client configuration options are read from
The following configuration options are available:
The ubuntu advantage contract server URL
The ubuntu advantage security server URL
Where Ubuntu Advantage client stores its data files
The logging level used when writing to log_file
The log file for the Ubuntu Advantage client
The log file for the Ubuntu Advantage timer and timer jobs
The log file for the Ubuntu Advantage license check job (only
used on GCP)
The following options must be nested under the "ua_config" key:
If set, ua will use the specified http proxy when making any
If set, ua will use the specified https proxy when making any
If set, ua will configure apt to use the specified http proxy by
writing a apt config file to /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/90ubuntu-advan-
If set, ua will configure apt to use the specified https proxy
by writing a apt config file to /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/90ubuntu-
Sets the timer running interval for a specific job. Those inter-
vals are checked every time the systemd timer runs.
If needed, authentication to the proxy server can be performed by set-
ting username and password in the URL itself, as in:
Additionally, some configuration options can be overridden in the envi-
ronment by setting an environment variable prefaced by
UA_<option_name>. Both uppercase and lowercase environment variables
are allowed. The configuration options that support this are: data_dir,
log_file, timer_log_file, license_check_log_file, log_level, and secu-
For example, the following overrides the log_level found in
UA_LOG_LEVEL=info ua attach
Common Criteria EAL2 Provisioning (cc-eal)
Enables and install the Common Criteria artifacts.
The artifacts include a configure script, a tarball with addi-
tional packages, and post install scripts. The artifacts will be
installed in /usr/lib/common-criteria directory and the README
and configuration guide are available in /usr/share/doc/ubuntu-
CIS Audit (cis)
Enables and installs the CIS Audit artifacts.
Extended Security Maintenance (esm)
Extended Security Maintenance ensures the ongoing security and
integrity of systems running Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS)
releases through Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure.
See https://ubuntu.com/esm for more information.
FIPS 140-2 certified modules (fips)
Install, configure, and enable FIPS 140-2 certified modules.
After successfully enabling FIPS, the system MUST be rebooted.
Failing to reboot will result in the system not running the
updated FIPS kernel.
Disabling FIPS is not currently supported.
FIPS 140-2 certified modules with updates (fips-updates)
Install, configure, and enable FIPS 140-2 certified modules with
updates. Enabling FIPS with updates will take the system out of
FIPS compliance as the updated modules are not FIPS certified.
After successfully enabling FIPS with updates, the system MUST
be rebooted. Failing to reboot will result in the system not
running the updated FIPS kernel.
Disabling FIPS with updates is not currently supported.
Livepatch Service (livepatch)
Automatically apply critical kernel patches without rebooting.
Reduces downtime, keeping your Ubuntu LTS systems secure and
See https://ubuntu.com/livepatch for more information.
ROS ESM Security Updates (ros)
Robot Operating System Extended Security Maintenance Security
Updates provides security fixes for ROS packages to ensure the
ongoing integrity of ROS based applications.
See https://ubuntu.com/robotics/ros-esm for more information.
ROS ESM All Updates (ros-updates)
Robot Operating System Extended Security Maintenance All Updates
provides additional bug fixes in addition to security fixes for
ROS packages to ensure the ongoing integrity of ROS based appli-
See https://ubuntu.com/robotics/ros-esm for more information.
Please report bugs either by running `ubuntu-bug ubuntu-advantage-
tools` or login to Launchpad and navigate to https://bugs.launch-
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