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Security update for Linux kernel

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(Last modified: 26JUN2006)


solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (3800d49714b40d40671bcc1c767fad5d)

Applies to

Package: kernel-bigsmp
kernel-default
kernel-smp
kernel-source
kernel-um
kernel-debug
kernel-syms
um-host-kernel
um-host-install-initrd
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for x86
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86
Novell Linux POS 9
Open Enterprise Server
Patch: patch-11078
Release: 20060626
Obsoletes: e793251698757eb4bf71b0822baf6a5b

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86 architecture should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

This kernel update fixes the following security problems and the following non security bugs:
  • Unexport shrink_dcache_anon (unexported upstream on 19 Oct 2004) [ #136310]
  • Don't dirty the inode if it is being freed in xfs_iunpin [#179117]
  • fusion driver might hang during error recovery [#173914]
  • fusion driver: Oops when device is taken offline under I/O [#172910]
  • fusion driver: Restore queue_depth control from before SP3 [#172910]
  • Fix IO restart on BLKPREP_DEFER [#173489]
  • Kill request on invalid sgtable mapping [#173489]
  • Fix blk_recalc_rq_segments[#] (173489)
Fixes for i586:
  • Fix oops in cifs_unlink [#173177]
  • CIFS kernel module deadlock when renaming/moving files [#173178]
Fixes for ia64:
  • kernel panic when rmmod mptspi [#175919]
  • Removed unsatisfiable dependency on "kabi_badness_15()(64bit)" [#178787]
Fixes for ppc64:
  • Fix oops in SCSI PCI hotplug remove path [#144204]
Fixes for S/390:
  • mark tape_3590 as supported

Solution

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 download and use, for example with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and the kernel symbols (kernel-syms*.rpm) and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-default*.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-smp*.rpm for the SMP kernel image with support for up to 64 GB, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-bigsmp*.rpm for the SMP kernel image with support for up to 64 GB
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
In case you are using LILO as bootmanager, please make sure that you also execute the command
lilo
after installing the update 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.)

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