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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 14FEB2006)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (17f9d5ebb960b52dac5a039eb35dbb4c)

Applies to

Package: k_athlon
Product(s): SuSE Linux Desktop 1.0
Patch: patch-10864
Release: 20060214
Obsoletes: 20c5e4c2a0fea3202c966fa44c89b13e


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86 architecture should update.



Problem description

This update fixes the following security problems:
  • CVE-2005-3623: Remote users could set ACLs even on read-only exported NFS filesystems and so circumvent access control.
  • CVE-2004-1058: A race condition was fixed which could allow local users to read environment variables of another process. This is a reissue of an earlier fix in the 2.6 kernel also present in the 2.4 kernel.


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.*.i586.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_athlon-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the AMD Athlon optimized kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_smp-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the SMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_psmp-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the PSMP kernel image
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
In case you are using LILO as bootmanager, please make sure that you also execute the command
after installing the update for the system to remain 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

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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