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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 08JAN2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (c2615956ff26a66e16ad0be5a430f85e)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Firewall on CD 2 - VPN
SuSE Firewall on CD 2

Package: fw2_live
Release: 20040108
Obsoletes: e47bc3391fc58813fc82de8b39d68d43


Apply this update if you allow shell access to non-root accounts.


The SuSE Firewall on CD 2 - LiveCD version 2.0.9-1 removes the following vulnerabilities:
  • Paul Starzetz of iSEC reported a vulnerability in the mremap system call, which allows local attackers to crash the machine, and even to obtain super user privileges under some circumstances. This update fixes the vulnerability.
All users are advised to update to this ISO.
For more information see the suse-security-announce mailing list, its archive on
or also our security fix summary on

Installation notes

To get a working CD from the downloaded RPM you will first have to install the RPM on a system with a CD recorder (e.g. your Adminhost).
rpm -Uvh fw2_live.rpm
After having installed the RPM you will find a bzip2 compressed ISO image of the new CD in fwlivecd-2.0.9-1.iso.bz2 on your system. Uncompress that file with
bzip2 -d /opt/fas/iso/fwlivecd-2.0.9-1.iso.bz2
and write it onto a fresh CDR using the program of your choice. An example command line for cdrecord may look like this:
cdrecord dev=0,4,0 -v -eject -speed=4 /opt/fas/iso/fwlivecd-2.0.9-1.iso
Please adjust the values for dev and speed according to your system.
The documentation directory /usr/share/doc/packages/fw2_live contains a the FWCD-release file as well as file and package lists and documentation of packages used.

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