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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 (b3d76bae3ffcf76948bbfbfd5dbe2685)

Applies to

Package: kernel-default
kernel-smp
kernel-source
kernel-syms
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for AMD64 and Intel EM64T
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86_64
Patch: patch-10379
Release: 20050729
Obsoletes: 33212fcace6173e6983169abae175d32
012927c610add3677c52ec3a28a1648d

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86_64 architecture should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

This update fixes the following security issues:
x86_64:
  • by causing an overflow in the 32bit execve function users could crash the kernel or even execute code (#90499, CAN-2005-1768).
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:
rpm -Fvh kernel-*.rpm
In case you are using LILO as bootmanager, please make sure that you also execute the command
lilo
after installing the update for the system to remain bootable.
Finally, reboot the system with
shutdown -r now

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