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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 19NOV2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (bd8281abddbc1a4b203d8559bc89e01a)

Applies to

Package: kernel-s390
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for IBM S/390 31bit
Patch: patch-9490
Release: 20041119
Obsoletes: 3e705f8e4a55768bb5d8c0624610c2fc


Everyone using the Linux Kernel should update.



Problem description

This update fixes following security issues in the kernel:
  • Fixed / Added ELF loader error handling where it was missing, which could lead to a local privilege escalation. This was found by Paul Starzetz of
  • Fixed several smbfs boundary checking problems which could lead to buffer overflows. This issue was found by Stefan Essern and was assigned the CVE ID CAN-2004-0883.
  • Fixed a possible userspace corruptions / data disclosure problem on SMP machines with more than 4 GB of RAM.
  • Fixed a denial of service condition in a.out support.
Following additional bugs were fixed:
  • Fixed a aic79xx modprobe/rmmod oops.
  • Fixed a broken decnet fix.
  • Fixed an NFS data corruption problem in readdirplus handling.


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as RPM packages that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Fvh kernel-s390.rpm kernel-source.rpm kernel-syms.rpm zipl
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.)

links to download packages

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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