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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 27SEP2004)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (c9f91e785f07924b9ca22a31929c6fab)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM iSeries and IBM pSeries

Package: kernel-iseries64
Release: 20040927
Obsoletes: e4a19d8464b57b96f78dbc386f036d28


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on PPC architecture should update.



Problem description

This updates fixes following security issues:
  • A kNFSD security problem. An attacker with write access to an NFS share could crash the machine.
Additionally it fixes and addresses the following bugs:
All architectures:
  • Several auditing related problems were addressed and fixed.
  • Fixed a kiovec free Oops with LVM snapshotting.
  • Fix race condition in sg.c I/O completion.
  • Use asynchronous keventd to avoid async IO deadlock.
  • Fixed several scsi scan issues, especially ghost luns.
  • Fixed NFSD exiting on TCP recvfrom errors.
  • On encountering I/O errors on write, make sure we return -EIO.
  • Prevent kernel oops in ip6t_LOG (with ipv6 firewalling enabled).
  • Fix JFS resize bug on big-endian architectures.
  • New drbd module, version 0.6.13, fixes data corruption if secondary node fails during sync.
  • Build drbd module correctly on x86_64.
  • PPC: Updated the IBMSIS driver to version 1.19.13g.


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 use, for example with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-iseries64*.rpm for the 64 bit iSeries kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-ppc64*.rpm for the 64 bit PPC kernel image
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
After performing the RPM package update of your kernel package, you must execute the following commands as root to make sure that your system will start up again:
mk_initrd lilo
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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