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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 15DEC2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (5cd50fd6b9d671d9f7353e6b811dbf2d)

Applies to

Package: kernel-default
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for IBM POWER
Patch: patch-9542
Release: 20041215
Obsoletes: none


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on PPC architecture should update.



Problem description

This update fixes following security issues:
  • CAN-2004-1068: Missing serialization in unix_dgram_recvmsg() could lead to elevated privileges, making it possible for a local attacker to gain root access. Thanks to Paul Starzetz for pointing out this problem.
  • CAN-2004-1016: Missing integer overflow checks in sendmsg / control message handling allows a local attacker to crash or halt the machine. This was independent found by Paul Starzetz and Georgi Guninski, and fixed by Herbert Xu.
  • A memory leak in the IP option handling in the sendmsg() system call that was reported by Georgi Guninski.
  • CAN-2004-1137: Some of the pointer handling in the Linux IGMP code was broken and could allow a local attacker to crash the machine. This was found by Paul Starzetz and fixed by Chris Wright.
  • A memory leak in ip_conntrack_ftp connection handling was fixed.
  • A local denial of service in aio_free_ring allows a local attacker to crash the machine.
  • A problem in the memory management handling of ELF executables could lead to a local attacker crashing with a handcrafted ELF binary.
  • CAN-2004-1151: A buffer overflow in the system call handling in the 32bit system call emulation on AMD64 / Intel EM64T systems could lead to a local privilege escalation or denial of service condition.
  • Fixed a remote denial of service problem in the NFS kernel service, allowing a remote attacker with NFS access to a machine to remotely crash the kernel.
Additionaly following bugs were fixed:
  • A vfree() was called with interrupts disabled in the SCSI generic device handling, which could lead to a hanging machine.
  • A race condition between a file unlink and umount could lead to a machine crash.
  • Fixed a small memory leak in bio_copy_user().
  • cdrecord -scanbus could crash the kernel when using the "gdth" SCSI driver.
  • Allow reading from zeropage (/dev/zero) using O_DIRECT/rawio.
  • Fixed some LSB issues in the fcntl compatibility handling.
  • The st (SCSI tape) driver did not pass on generic SCSI ioctl commands to the SCSI midlayer.


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 kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-default*.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-iseries64*.rpm for the 64 bit iSeries kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-pseries64*.rpm for the 64 bit pSeries kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-smp*.rpm for the SMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-pmac64*.rpm for the 64 bit PPC kernel image
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
After performing the RPM package update of your kernel package, you must execute the following commands as root to make sure that your system will start up again:
mk_initrd lilo
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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