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On first boot, the Amazon Linux AMI installs from the package repositories any user space security updates that are rated critical or important, and it does so before services, such as SSH, start.
If the AMI cannot access the yum repositories, it will timeout and retry multiple times before completing the boot procedure.
The Amazon Linux AMI is provided at no additional charge to Amazon EC2 users.
Q: Can I view the source code to the Amazon Linux AMI? The yumdownloader --source command line tool provided in the Amazon Linux AMI enables viewing of source code inside of Amazon EC2.
Updates are provided via a pre-configured yum repository hosted in each Amazon EC2 region.
It also includes packages that enable easy integration with AWS, including launch configuration tools and many popular AWS libraries and tools.
Amazon Web Services provides ongoing security and maintenance updates to all instances running the Amazon Linux AMI.
The Amazon Linux AMI is a supported and maintained Linux image provided by Amazon Web Services for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).
It is designed to provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for applications running on Amazon EC2.