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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 31MAY2005)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (8cb0aa3b1ee5031c67c4ee14f4858126)

Applies to

Package: k_deflt
Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM zSeries
Patch: patch-10211
Release: 20050531
Obsoletes: 9bddd7e70d412c6e99aa7be2e1dd1103


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).
This update also addresses the following non-security problems:
  • fix files beeing truncated to four gigabytes on ext3
  • fix entries in /proc that caused 'top' to crash
  • fix kernel crash caused by busy inodes after umount
  • fix data corruption issue in MD multipath when retrying failed IO
  • enhanced locking in MD multipath and raid1
  • fix endless loop in IPsec
  • fix crash in XFS filesystem
Platform specific fixes
This kernel update also contains the IBM 2005-04-28 kernel 2.4.21 bug fix patch 25 which fixes the following issues:
  • lcs: fix system hang when registering of multicast addresses fails.
  • qeth: fix VLAN malformed unicast packets in layer 2 mode.
  • qeth: do not allow layer 2 mode in case of Hipersocket devices.
  • s390dbf: use more specific permissions for procfs files.
  • scsi: fix LVM being unable to re-enable a path after a cable pull.
  • z90crypt: fix kernel Oops while writing to /proc/driver/z90crypt
  • zfcp: increase retrying of exchange config data requests up to 2 minutes.
For a detailed description of the list of solved Problem IDs from IBM please refer to


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:
rpm -Fvh k_deflt.rpm zipl
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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