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Security update for Linux kernel (kernel-source)


(Last modified: 11JUL2003)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel (kernel-source) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (2db0296c1e1d4e5299b4d1461bf8e0a7)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Connectivity Server
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE Linux Office Server

Package: kernel-source
Release: 20030711
Obsoletes: none


This patch updates your kernel-source package and is only necessary if you compile your own kernel.




This kernel fixes some security vulnerabilities and bugs:
  • fix a possible denial of service attack (DoS) in the routing code
  • fix a possible attack of an unpriviledged user via ioport
  • fix a bad side effects of the initial ptrace security fix
  • fix problem with ECC reporting garbage in /proc/ram
  • allow info about requirement for large LUNs to be passed via kernel parameter
  • fix an SMP crash problem in bonding driver
  • fix invalid ACK handling in tcp_minisocks
  • fix a kernel panic with pptpd when the MSS is larger than the MTU
  • fix a console redirect bug
  • fix an IPC lock race
  • increase SCSI sense buffer to 96 bytes
  • include qla2xxx driver v6.05.60 in addition to older qla drivers
  • fix execve() file read race vulnerability
  • fix several race conditions in procfs


Please note that this update concerns the package kernel-source. It does not directly fix the vulnerability, but it provides the kernel sources for administrators who wish to compile their kernel on their own. The fixed binary kernel RPM packages are contained in different patches.

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 kernel-source.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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