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Security update for Linux kernel (k_psmp)

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(Last modified: 02JUL2004)


solutions Security update for Linux kernel (k_psmp) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (5765523cd5991107a32918726ad3c2c0)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Firewall on CD 2 - VPN
SuSE Firewall on CD 2
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE Linux Office Server

Package: k_psmp
Release: 20040702
Obsoletes: 9d3fa5d40f04e400e6f5fceac5c39729

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86 architecture should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

This kernel update fixes several security critical bugs that range from local denial-of-service conditions to possible privilege escalation.
  • chown: users can change the group affiliation of arbitrary files to the group they belong to
  • pss, mpu401 sound driver: read/write to complete memory
  • airo driver: read/write to complete memory
  • ALSA: copy_from_user/copy_to_user confused
  • acpi_asus: read from random memory
  • decnet: write to memory without checking
  • e1000 driver: read complete memory

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:
rpm -Fvh k_psmp.rpm
Please do not forget to run mk_initrd and lilo after updating the kernel and prior to reboot.

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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