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Security update for kernel-ppc64


(Last modified: 10APR2003)

solutions Security update for kernel-ppc64 SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (b32479954fbead6e0091d140ed977ffe)

Applies to

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

Package: kernel-ppc64
Release: 20030410
Obsoletes: none


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

Problem description

This update fixes a security vulnerability in the Linux kernel (CAN-2003-0127). The vulnerability allows a local unprivileged attacker to gain root privileges by using ptrace/strace in combination with automatic kernel module loading on request, also known as "kmod".
As a temporary workaround, it is possible to disable the automatic loading of kernel modules by running the following command as root:
echo /no/such/file > /proc/sys/kernel/modprobe
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.
In addition the following bugs are fixed:
  • upgrade iSeries veth driver to SLES8 status (#25400) LTC2239
  • add eject function to iSeries viotape driver (#23736) LTC2020


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 -Uvh kernel-ppc64.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:
mk_initrd lilo

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