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Security update for Linux kernel (k_deflt)


(Last modified: 15AUG2003)

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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_deflt
Release: 20030815
Obsoletes: 68bf5cc5cd55704dbeb66c51f8719985


This update should be installed on all systems for security reasons.
This article applies to systems with the k_deflt 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




This kernel fixes the following security vulnerabilities and bugs:
  • fix possible denial of service attack (DoS) in the routing code
  • fix possible attack by an unpriviledged user via ioport()
  • fix bad side effects of initial ptrace() security fix
  • fix problem with ECC reporting garbage in /proc/ram
  • fix kernel panic caused by pptpd setting MSS > MTU
  • fix console redirect bug
  • fix IPC lock race
  • fix execve() file read race vulnerability
  • fix several race conditions in procfs
  • fix possible DoS in netfilter code
  • fix possible DoS in NFSv3 code (CAN-2003-0619)


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 these commands:
rpm -Uvh k_deflt.rpm
After installation of the kernel RPM 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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