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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 27SEP2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (7405953c707db1ee6e56e352d2a93a69)

Applies to

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

Package: k_deflt
Release: 20040927
Obsoletes: fe5a9485f8749a56a46ddcb3b3e99181


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86_64 architecture should update.



Problem description

This updates fixes following security issues:
  • A kNFSD security problem. An attacker with write access to an NFS share could crash the machine.
Additionaly it fixes and addresses the following bugs:
All architectures:
  • Several auditing related problems were addressed and fixed.
  • Fixed a kiovec free Oops with LVM snapshotting.
  • Fix race condition in sg.c I/O completion.
  • Use asynchronous keventd to avoid async IO deadlock.
  • Fixed several scsi scan issues, especially ghost luns.
  • Fixed NFSD exiting on TCP recvfrom errors.
  • On encountering I/O errors on write, make sure we return -EIO.
  • Prevent kernel oops in ip6t_LOG (with ipv6 firewalling enabled).
  • Fix JFS resize bug on big-endian architectures.
  • New drbd module, version 0.6.13, fixes data corruption if secondary node fails during sync.
  • Build drbd module correctly on x86_64.


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-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
Please do 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.)

links to download packages

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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