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Security update for Linux kernel

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(Last modified: 19NOV2004)


solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (985c3bf47421fb88a4aff663f68943a7)

Applies to

Package: k_deflt
kernel-source
Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM S/390 and IBM zSeries

Release: 20041119
Obsoletes: 08bc707557dbbf09c09a3b832ea06959

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

Following security issues have been fixed:
  • Fixed / Added ELF loader error handling where it was missing, which could lead to a local privilege escalation. This was found by Paul Starzetz of isec.pl.
  • Fixed several smbfs boundary checking problems which could lead to buffer overflows. This issue was found by Stefan Essern and was assigned the CVE ID CAN-2004-0883.
  • Fixed a possible userspace corruptions / data disclosure problem on SMP machines with more than 4 GB of RAM.
  • Fixed a denial of service condition in a.out support.

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:
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.)

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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