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Recommended update for Linux kernel

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(Last modified: 29JUL2005)


solutions Recommended update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (39912305ece218ef41af229914521c05)

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
Patch: patch-10380
Release: 20050729
Obsoletes: 074e4ffa5a970f7c168db8c393b1aec0
d616efaaa3764b063cc5bd3d6d09c89e

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86 architecture should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

The security fix which is included in the kernels for all other platforms is not needed for x86. Therefore this update is only recommended.
This update fixes the following non-security issues:
  • deadlock in reiserfs
  • NFS problems with EMC servers (#96193)
  • hang on deleting vlan interfaces (#83493)
  • busy inodes after umount of autofs4 (#91112)
  • JBD race condition during umount (#95665)
  • output of /proc/scsi/scsi (#80228)
  • ignore timer overrides on SMP Nvidia boards (#94194)
  • crash on dual core, single processor Opterons (#96485)
  • initialization of the ACPI Processor P-States Driver (#95059)

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 by using this command:
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.)

links to download packages

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