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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 01MAR2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (9d741d40ece95c4a54a27a403df9e610)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for PowerPC

Release: 20040301
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed on all systems for security reasons.



Problem description

This update fixes the following security problem:
  • mremap(): CAN-2004-0077
    • A new bug found by Paul Starzetz that can lead to local root access


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.
First, find out which kernel package to use, for example with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-iseries64.rpm for the iSeries64 kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-ppc64.rpm for the PPC64 kernel image
(Note: only install one of these kernels, not all of them).
The kernel sources can be installed using the following command:
rpm -Uvh kernel-source.rpm
After performing the RPM package update of your kernel package, you
must execute the following commands as root to make sure that your
system will start up again:
Note: If you do not execute the commands above, your system might be
in an unbootable state. To ensure that the fixes become active, you should
reboot your system usingthe command
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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