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solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (b6d5f6e00bbd43399d33b9d8b687ee37)

Applies to

Package: kernel-default
kernel-default-debug
kernel-smp
kernel-smp-debug
kernel-source
kernel-syms
kernel-xen
kernel-xen-debug
um-host-kernel
Product(s): Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86_64
Patch: patch-12107
Release: 20080318
Obsoletes: d94209b21f523ddbc597e18a2fb8d1ee

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

This kernel update fixes the following security problems:
  • Memory overrun vulnerability in ISDN code (CVE-2007-6151)
  • Insufficient range checks of certain fault handlers (CVE-2008-0007)
  • Reset current->pdeath_signal on SUID binary execution (CVE-2007-3848)
  • aacraid: Fix range checks (CVE-2007-4308).
  • fixed a remote buffer overflow in CIFS (CVE-2007-5904)
Further improvements include:
  • Several kernel crashes addressed.
  • Improvements to running as a VMWare guest.
  • Update of OCFS2 to 1.2.8-2.
  • New code drop for the s390 architecture.
For details and a complete list of changes, please refer to the package changelog.

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.
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 the kernel symbols (kernel-syms*.rpm) and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-default*.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-smp*.rpm for the SMP kernel image with support for up to 64 GB, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-bigsmp*.rpm for the SMP kernel image with support for up to 64 GB
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
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
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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