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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 08AUG2003)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (1586e7541957bd8a887842c6d0fd1019)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IPF

Package: kernel-source
Release: 20030808
Obsoletes: 898bc262978dbd10f040aee605d99259


This update should be installed on all systems for security reasons.




This kernel fixes some security vulnerabilities and bugs:
  • fix for an overflow problem in NFSv3 decode_fh (CAN-2003-0619)
  • prevent a possible denial-of-service (DoS) attack in the netfilter code
  • fix for a problem causing loss of POSIX file locks after execve(2)
  • fix for a problem with the LSI Megaraid driver


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.
First, find out which kernel package to use, for example with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh k_deflt-2.4.19-158.ia64.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_smp-2.4.19-158.ia64.rpm for the SMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_itanium2-2.4.19-158.ia64.rpm for the Itanium2 kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_itanium2-smp-2.4.19-158.ia64.rpm for the Itanium2 SMP kernel image
(N.B.: only install one of these kernels, not all of them.)
In case you are using lilo, please make sure that you also execute the command
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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