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Security update for Linux kernel (AMD64)


(Last modified: 29APR2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel (AMD64) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (665565dbb2c37d261e5eaa9fd51c857e)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64

Package: k_deflt
Release: 20040429
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed on all systems.



Problem description

This update addresses various security related bugs within the Linux kernel which could allow local attackers to either elevate their priveleges or to cause a DoS (Denial of Service) attack. The fixes consist of:
  • fix for the memleak in do_fork()
  • fix for the MCAST/setsockopt() buffer overflow (CAN-2004-0424)
  • fix for a permission problem on /proc/scsi/qla2300/HbaApiNode
  • fix for the buffer overflow in panic() (CAN-2004-0394)

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.*.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_smp-2.4.*.rpm for the SMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_numa-2.4.*.rpm for the NUMA kernel image
(N.B.: only install one of these kernels, not all of them.)
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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