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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 08MAR2005)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (4a286efd6b619b5ffa90640592157e39)

Applies to

Package: k_athlon
Product(s): SUSE LINUX Retail Solution 8
SuSE Linux School Server for i386
SuSE Linux Standard Server 8
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4
Patch: patch-9919
Release: 20050308
Obsoletes: none


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86 architecture should update.



Problem description

This update contains all fixes since Service Pack 3 and
  • fix possible memory corruption by reading /proc/kcore
  • fix potential memory access to free memory in /proc handling
  • add sanity check to ppp_async code
  • add sanity check to unw_unwind_to_user
  • fix NO_SENSE handling in SCSI drivers
  • consolidated Qlogic driver to version 7.03.00 (qla2x00)
  • updated e1000-new driver to
  • updated cciss driver to latest version from 2.4.28-rc2
  • added bcm5700-new driver as 7.3.5
  • included megaide driver
  • updated IBM ServeRAID driver (ips) to 7.10.18
  • update PCI ID list for megaraid2 driver


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 use, for example with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh k_deflt-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_athlon-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the AMD Athlon optimized kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_smp-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the SMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_psmp-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the PSMP kernel image
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
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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