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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 08MAR2005)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (8596a50975131034b95c025c46fc60bd)

Applies to

Package: kernel-iseries64
Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM iSeries and IBM pSeries
Patch: patch-9931
Release: 20050308
Obsoletes: none


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on PPC architecture should update.



Problem description

This update contains all fixes since Service Pack 3 and
  • fix possible memory corruption by reading /proc/kcore
  • fix potential memory access to free memory in /proc handling
  • add sanity check to ppp_async code
  • add sanity check to unw_unwind_to_user
  • fix NO_SENSE handling in SCSI drivers
  • consolidated Qlogic driver to version 7.03.00 (qla2x00)
  • updated e1000-new driver to
  • updated cciss driver to latest version from 2.4.28-rc2
  • added bcm5700-new driver as 7.3.5
  • included megaide driver
  • updated IBM ServeRAID driver (ips) to 7.10.18
  • update PCI ID list for megaraid2 driver


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-iseries64*.rpm for the 64 bit iSeries kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-ppc64*.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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