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Security update for linux kernel


(Last modified: 29JAN2004)

solutions Security update for linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (6fb5ccb24c821233e8c348a3c9e0451e)

Applies to

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

Package: k_deflt
Release: 20040129
Obsoletes: none


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on AMD64 architecture should update.



Problem description

This update fixes the ptrace 32bit security vulnerability and provides enhanced support for serial ATA devices. Detailed changes:
  • Fix ptrace 32bit hole for x86-64
  • Add dynamic-hz-ata-new for new libata on x86-64
  • Update libata to new version for x86-64
  • Enable libata drivers in x86-64
  • Add workaround for AMD K8 Errata #87
  • Make x86-64 IOMMU flushing more conservative


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 k_deflt.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_smp.rpm for the SMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_numa.rpm for the Numa kernel image
(N.B.: only install one of these kernels, not all of them.)
If you need the kernel sources you can install them by using the command:
rpm -Uvh kernel-source.rpm
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.)

links to download packages

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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