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Security update for Linux kernel (PPC)

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(Last modified: 29APR2004)


solutions Security update for Linux kernel (PPC) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (38b381641a9b8b178bc566777b7d2ab2)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM iSeries and IBM pSeries

Package: kernel-iseries64
kernel-ppc64
kernel-source
Release: 20040429
Obsoletes: none

Indications

This update should be installed on all systems.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

This update addresses various security related bugs within the Linux kernel which could allow local attackers to either elevate their priveleges or to cause a DoS (Denial of Service) attack. The fixes consist of:
  • fix for the memleak in do_fork()
  • fix for the MCAST/setsockopt() buffer overflow (CAN-2004-0424)
  • fix for a permission problem on /proc/scsi/qla2300/HbaApiNode
  • fix for the buffer overflow in panic() (CAN-2004-0394)

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-iseries64-2.4.*.rpm for the iSeries kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-ppc64-2.4.*.rpm for the pSeries kernel image
(N.B.: only install one of these kernels, not all of them.)
Please make sure that you also execute the commands
mk_initrd 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.)

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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