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Security update for Linux kernel

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(Last modified: 29JUL2005)


solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (988b22ccd62464404abb6edf9e96f50a)

Applies to

Package: kernel-64k-pagesize
kernel-default
kernel-sn2
kernel-source
kernel-debug
kernel-syms
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for Itanium Processor Family
Patch: patch-10381
Release: 20050729
Obsoletes: fb288fd5f9769ab7434698e56bbe6b67
928c182f4ce54092ec84d122124335ca

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel on IPF architecture should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

This update fixes the following security issues:
ia64:
  • by causing an overflow in the 32bit execve function users could crash the kernel or even execute code (#90499, CAN-2005-1768).
This update also fixes the following non-security issues:
  • deadlock in reiserfs
  • NFS problems with EMC servers (#96193)
  • hang on deleting vlan interfaces (#83493)
  • busy inodes after umount of autofs4 (#91112)
  • JBD race condition during umount (#95665)
  • output of /proc/scsi/scsi (#80228)
  • ignore timer overrides on SMP Nvidia boards (#94194)
i386:
  • crash on dual core, single processor Opterons (#96485)
  • initialization of the ACPI Processor P-States Driver (#95059)
x86_64:
  • initialization of the ACPI Processor P-States Driver (#95059)
  • kernel parameter noexec=on did't work (#96528)
s390:
  • include IBM codedrop 2005-07-20

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:
First, find out which kernel package to download and use, for example with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-default*.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-64k-pagesize*.rpm for the 64k page size kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-sn*.rpm for the SGI SN2 (Altix) image
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
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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