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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 09DEC2005)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (93d7c163efacc0665439a7d2c93341d1)

Applies to

Package: k_deflt
Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM zSeries
Patch: patch-10800
Release: 20051209
Obsoletes: 18a14a10cce82ff399afb8091ed66cbb


Everyone using the Linux Kernel should update.



Problem description

This kernel update contains several security fixes and some bugfixes, listed below:
Security fixes:
  • CVE-2005-3783: A check in ptrace(2) handling that finds out if a process is attaching to itself was incorrect and could be used by a local attacker to crash the machine.
  • CVE-2005-3044: Missing sockfd_put() calls in routing_ioctl() leaked file handles which in turn could exhaust system memory.
  • CVE-2005-2490: A stack-based buffer overflow in the sendmsg function call in the Linux kernel 2.6 and 2.4 allowed local users execute arbitrary code by calling sendmsg and modifying the message contents in another thread.
  • CVE-2005-3806: A bug in IPv6 flowlabel handling code could be used by a local attacker to free non-allocated memory and in turn corrupt kernel memory and likely crash the machine.
  • CVE-2005-3275: The NAT code in Linux kernel incorrectly declares a variable to be static, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory corruption) by causing two packets for the same protocol to be NATed at the same time.
  • CVE-2005-2457: A problem in decompression of files on "zisofs" filesystem was fixed.
  • CVE-2005-2458: A potential buffer overflow in the zlib decompression handling in the kernel was fixed.
  • CVE-2005-2459: Some return codes in zlib decoding were fixed which could have led to an attacker crashing the kernel.
Non security bugfixes:
  • Fixed a race on the count of unused dcache entries.
  • Fixed the "treason uncloaked" kernel messages that were caused by a stale pred_flags variable when the TCP snd_wnd changes.
  • Allow filesystems to return NFSERR_JUKEBOX to the server by returning -ETIMEDOUT.
  • Documented SCSI device scanning parameters.
  • Added an NFS ACL fix for Solaris VxFS compatibility.
  • Fixed an incorrect error return in ip_conntrack_expect_related.
  • Add EMC Invista to SCSI LUN blacklist.
  • A USB problem with the OHCI chipset was fixed.


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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