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Security update for Linux Kernel (k_i386)

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(Last modified: 13JUN2003)


solutions Security update for Linux Kernel (k_i386) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (09dd86ad5f70f4aee4d9e880c164da44)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE eMail Server 3.1
SuSE eMail Server III
SuSE Firewall Adminhost VPN
SuSE Linux Admin-CD for Firewall
SuSE Firewall on CD 2 - VPN
SuSE Firewall on CD 2
SuSE Linux Connectivity Server
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE Linux Office Server

Package: k_i386
Release: 20030613
Obsoletes: none

Indications

This update should be installed for security reasons.
This article applies to systems with the k_i386 kernel package installed, please use the appropriate kernel package if you are using a different kernel:
You can find out which kernel package you are using with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

This kernel fixes some security vulnerabilities and bugs:
  • fix for possible denial of service attack (DoS) in the routing code
  • fix for possible attack of an unpriviledged user via ioport
  • fix for bad side effects of initial ptrace security fix
  • fix for problem with ecc reporting garbage in /proc/ram
  • allows info about need for large LUNs to be passed via kernel parameter
  • fix for SMP crash problem in bonding driver
  • fix for invalid ACK handling in tcp_minisocks
  • fix for kernel panic with pptpd when mss > mtu
  • fix for console redirect bug
  • fix for ipc lock race that can crash/hang the system

Solution

Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Uvh k_i386.rpm
Please make sure that you execute the commands
mk_initrd lilo
as user "root" after installing this update for the system to be bootable.
Finally, reboot the system with
shutdown -r now
to load the new kernel (replace "now" with the appropriate amount of time to allow local users to cleanly log out, for example "+5" for five minutes.)

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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