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Security update for kernel


(Last modified: 25MAY2005)

solutions Security update for kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (8a7a62bd2689c5729cb258075912cd07)

Applies to

Package: kernel-s390
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for IBM S/390 31bit
Patch: patch-10063
Release: 20050525
Obsoletes: 6a60dcc7566d6e55e403322b85680b5a


Everyone using the Linux Kernel should update.

Problem description

This update fixes the following security problems:
  • when creating directories on ext2 filesystems the kernel did not zero initialize the memory allocated. Therefore potentially sensitive information could be exposed to users (CAN-2005-0400).
  • local users can crash the kernel via a crafted ELF library or executable, which causes a free of an invalid pointer (CAN-2005-0749).
  • local users could gain root access by causing a core dump of specially crafted ELF executables (CAN-2005-1263). The problem is believed to be not exploitable on kernel 2.6, we included the patch nevertheless.
This update also addresses the following non-security problems:
  • fix NFS corrupting renamed files
  • fix Oops in acl code
  • fix building the kernel package with the 'build' program
  • fix performance problems due to inode cache size
  • fix potential deadlock when renaming files


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.
rpm -Fvh kernel-s390.rpm kernel-syms.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.)

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