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Security update for Linux Kernel


(Last modified: 26AUG2004)

solutions Security update for Linux Kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (33bc88b2c6546f5b570b18019cc5bc83)

Applies to

Package: kernel-default
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for AMD64 and Intel EM64T
Patch: patch-9312
Release: 20040826
Obsoletes: 8af9edb3e1ffeba46a18f05251e3e7ac


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86_64 architecture should update.



Problem description

This update fixes several issues:
Most important are
  • kNFSd fix (medium security impact)
  • CD and DVD writing fixed (mainly affected audio and video, as it only got triggered by unaligned/odd size writes, effect was a monster memory leak and defective data on CD)
  • minor ext3 fixes and reiserfs fixes
  • /proc/$PID/cmdline trauncation fix
  • md and nbd fixes that enable SteelEye
  • fix barrier issue with IDE drives with disabled write cache, this should fix the need for barrier=none for most cases
  • DOS due to memory leak in /dev/ptmx handling


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 this command:
rpm -Fhv kernel-default.rpm kernel-smp.rpm kernel-source.rpm kernel-syms.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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