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Security update for Linux kernel (kernel-source)

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(Last modified: 19DEC2003)


solutions Security update for Linux kernel (kernel-source) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (431a99923ececbabd98ed754108a3b69)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE Linux Office Server

Package: kernel-source
Release: 20031219
Obsoletes: none

Indications

This patch updates your kernel-source package and is only necessary if you compile your own kernel.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

Paul Starzetz of iSEC reported a vulnerability in the mremap() system call, which allows local attackers to crash the machine and even obtain super user ("root") privileges under certain circumstances.
This update fixes the vulnerability.

Solution

Please note that this update concerns the package kernel-source. It does not directly fix the vulnerability, but it provides the kernel sources for administrators who wish to compile their kernel on their own. The fixed binary kernel RPM packages are contained in different patches.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using these commands:
rpm -Uvh kernel-source.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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