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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 01JUL2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (2502dc8614fcd41fd4bcb5c6f1898d68)

Applies to

Package: kernel-iseries64
Release: 20040701
Obsoletes: ac6e8cf7f4924ccb553bda4f81c0da49


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on PPC architecture should update.



Problem description

This kernel update fixes several security critical bugs that range from local denial-of-service conditions to possible privilege escalation.
  • chown: users can change the group affiliation of arbitrary files to the group they belong to
  • pss, mpu401 sound driver: read/write to complete memory
  • airo driver: read/write to complete memory
  • ALSA: copy_from_user/copy_to_user confused
  • acpi_asus: read from random memory
  • decnet: write to memory without checking
  • e1000 driver: read complete memory


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 kernel-iseries64.rpm for the iSeries64 kernel, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-ppc64.rpm for the PPC64 kernel
After performing the RPM package update of your kernel package, you must execute the following commands as root to make sure that your system will start up again:
mk_initrd lilo

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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