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Security update for Linux kernel

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(Last modified: 12MAR2004)


solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (7b5f86400f783e0618825bf05523e0eb)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux School Server for i386
SuSE Linux Standard Server 8
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4

Package: k_athlon
k_deflt
k_psmp
k_smp
k_debug
kernel-source
Release: 20040312
Obsoletes: none

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86 architecture should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

Security Fix:
This update addresses several security-related issues:
  • ext3 filesystem leaks informations
  • SoundBlaster code can cause local crash
  • another DRI issue causing local crash
  • another local denial-of-service in mremap

Solution

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:
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_athlon.rpm for the Athlon kernel image, or
  • 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_psmp.rpm for the PSMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh k_debug.rpm for the debug kernel image
(Note: 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

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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