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Security update for Linux kernel (k_deflt)


(Last modified: 12MAR2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel (k_deflt) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (61fc4b986b1b621593055dc1f04cfeca)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IBM zSeries

Package: k_deflt
Release: 20040312
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed.



Problem description

This update fixes various security problems:
  • fix info leak in ext3 filesystem
  • ncpfs/ncp_lookup: CAN-2004-0010
    • buffer overflow with the possibility to gain root
  • execve
    • malformed elf binaries can lead to a local denial-of-service attack
  • mremap(): CAN-2004-0077
    • a new bug found by Paul Starzetz that can lead to local root access


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_deflt.rpm
Afterwards, run the command
and reboot your server using the following command:
shutdown -r now
Substitute 'now' with an appropriate amount of time if you want to give
local users a chance to log out before the Linux system goes down, for
example '+10' for 10 minutes.

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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