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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 08OCT2007)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (24d35d2326b08e270db425ce7945a0f3)

Applies to

Package: k_deflt
Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM S/390 and IBM zSeries
Patch: patch-11839
Release: 20071008
Obsoletes: d90b894a706940fd53a7fb1d73dfc9d4


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on s390 architecture should update.



Problem description

This kernel update fixes the following security problems:
  • CVE-2006-4145: The Universal Disk Format (UDF) filesystem driver allowed local users to cause a denial-of-service.
  • CVE-2006-6106: Multiple buffer overflows in the cmtp_recv_interopmsg function in the Bluetooth driver allowed remote attackers to cause a denial-of-service and possibly execute arbitrary code via CAPI messages.
  • CVE-2007-0773: Local users can exploit a bug in the kernel to cause a denial-of-service (kernel OOPS) via fput in a 32-bit ioctl on a 64-bit x86 system.
  • CVE-2007-4573: It was possible for local user to become root by exploitable a bug in the IA32 system call emulation. This affects x86_64 platforms with kernel 2.4.x and 2.6.x before only.
and the following non security bugs:
  • patches.common/reiserfs-bkl-inversion: fix reiserfs lock inversion of bkl vs inode semaphore [#116531]
  • patches.common/reiserfs-generic-open.diff: reiserfs: use generic_file_open for open() checks [#182097]
  • patches.common/bad_inode-types.diff: [#230270] vfs: fix missing sign extension on error return codes w/ bad inodes
  • patches.common/fix-igmp-unlock: [IPV4]: Fix deadlock on ip_mc_list->lock [#243783]
  • patches.common/reiserfs-fix-vs-13060.diff: reiserfs: fix corruption with vs-13060 [#257735]
  • patches.common/reiserfs-change_generation_on_update_sd.diff: Fix assertion failure in reiserfs [#274288]
  • patches.common/reiserfs-transaction-overflow: reiserfs: handle trans_id overflow. [#329645]
Fixes for S/390:
  • This update contains the following Code Drops from Developerworks: Patchcluster 36
    • Problem-ID: 26014 qeth: stack trace with msg "inconsistent lock state"
    • Problem-ID: 27706 kernel: user readable uninitialised kernel memory.
For further description of the named Problem-IDs, please a look at:


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 -Fvh k_deflt.rpm zipl
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.)

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