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Security update for Linux Kernel (k_psmp)


(Last modified: 17MAY2002)

solutions Security update for Linux Kernel (k_psmp) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (bbe4e360f3705e2a38aaf18c38aaa965)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Admin-CD for Firewall
SuSE eMail Server III
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE Firewall Adminhost VPN
SuSE Linux Connectivity Server

Package: k_psmp
Release: 20020517
Obsoletes: none


Machine is accessible through the Internet or machine has hardware that was not previously supported.


Installation might void certification for third-party software.

Problem description

This kernel fixes several security problems (such as the recently reported netfilter vulnerability and the SYN ACK storm attack). Also some new hardware components are now supported, many bugs have been fixed and some missing functionalities have been added:
  • security fixes for netfilter code and SYN ACK storm
  • Foster (full Hyperthreading) support
  • Better support for huge memory machines (>1 GB RAM)
  • Lots of USB and IDE fixes
  • Lots of driver updates (esp. QLogic QLA2x00, Adaptec aic7xxx, IBM ServeRAID)
  • Some additional drivers (eg for Broadcom Gigabit NICs)
  • fix endless loop for big number of running processes (>32000)
  • fixes required by LSB (Linux Standard Base); mainly error handling
  • MXT support (hardware memory compression by IBM)
  • enhanced (more detailed) I/O disk statistics


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 -Uhv k_psmp.rpm mk_initrd lilo
(substitute 'now' with an appropriate amount of time if you want to give local users a chance to log out before the Linux system goes down, for example '+10' for 10 minutes.)

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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