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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 18MAR2008)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (6e07221ab94b5e49d7d361fb01b8e5ef)

Applies to

Package: kernel-default
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for IBM POWER
Patch: patch-12112
Release: 20080318
Obsoletes: dec79722dfa55ec2ef35df4f43958206


Everyone using the Linux Kernel should update.



Problem description

This kernel update fixes the following security problems:
  • Memory overrun vulnerability in ISDN code (CVE-2007-6151)
  • Insufficient range checks of certain fault handlers (CVE-2008-0007)
  • Reset current->pdeath_signal on SUID binary execution (CVE-2007-3848)
  • aacraid: Fix range checks (CVE-2007-4308).
  • fixed a remote buffer overflow in CIFS (CVE-2007-5904)
Further improvements include:
  • Several kernel crashes addressed.
  • Improvements to running as a VMWare guest.
  • Update of OCFS2 to 1.2.8-2.
  • New code drop for the s390 architecture.
For details and a complete list of changes, please refer to the package changelog.


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 b it iSeries kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-pseries64*.rpm for the 64 b it 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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