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Security update for Linux kernel (k_smp)


(Last modified: 04APR2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel (k_smp) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (36bc6e1f5cd98adfba51da104c2c719c)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Firewall on CD 2 - VPN
SuSE Firewall on CD 2
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE Linux Office Server

Package: k_smp
Release: 20040404
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed on all systems.
This article applies to systems with the k_smp 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



Problem description

This update addresses two security issues and a deadlock problem:
Security issues
  • A buffer overflow has been found in the ISO 9660 filesystem code which can be exploited locally by mounting a malformed ISO CD file system. (CAN-2004-0109)
  • A possible leak of information has been discovered in the JFS file system code. (CAN-2004-0181)
Other issues
  • A deadlock has been found in the inode handling code.

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_smp.rpm mk_initrd lilo
please do not forget to run mk_initrd and lilo after installing the package k_smp for the system to remain bootable.
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.)

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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