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Optional update for Linux kernel source


(Last modified: 12JAN2004)

solutions Optional update for Linux kernel source SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (ca8f9844e03e926f8dea3197d8c8b83b)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM zSeries

Package: kernel-source
Release: 20040112
Obsoletes: none


This patch updates your kernel-source package and is only necessary if you compile your own kernel.




N.B.: This update concerns the package kernel-source. It does not directly fix the vulnerability, but it provides the kernel sources for occasions where a kernel with differnent settings needs to be compiled, e.g. for tracking certain events.
This This update fixes a security vulnerability in the Linux kernel (CAN-2003-0985) and contains additional fixes and IBM codedrops. The changes in detail are:
Security fix
  • Add missing check in mremap (CAN-2003-0985)
IBM code drop from 2003-12-18
  • DASD driver sets improper default cache mode on ESS. (IBM Problem-ID 5409)
  • Massive workload combined with ESS flascopy leading to I/O hang. (IBM Problem-ID 4676)
IBM code drop from 2003-11-28
  • PCICCs fail to be detected under z90crypt. (IBM Problem-ID 5326)
  • z90crypt doesn't support dynamic device node generation. (IBM Problem-ID 5435)
  • Unable to reconnect when using z/VM 3.1 at remote peer. (IBM Problem-ID 3061)
  • fake_ll problems when IPv6 is not active in qeth. (IBM Problem-ID 5370)
  • multicast_router handling for IPv6 on OSA. (IBM Problem-ID 5289)
  • sclp: signal shutdown does not work. (IBM Problem-ID 5297)
  • zfcp: unwary memory allocation during error recovery. (IBM Problem-ID 5292)
IBM code drop from 2003-10-31
  • Crashes, triggered by IUCV and CTC when calling dst_link_failure(). (IBM Problem-ID 5098)
  • DHCP does not work with HiperSockets guest LAN. (IBM Problem-ID 4873)
  • Fixed S390 Debug Feature usage. (IBM Problem-ID 4822)
  • Race Conditions in qeth when more than one osasnmpd is running. (IBM Problem-ID 4078)
  • VIPA and Proxy ARP problems on qeth. (IBM Problem-ID 5178)
  • Avoid hang during initialization on I/O errors. (IBM Problem-ID 4971)
  • Console: kernel compilation fails in drivers/s390/char/ctrlchar.c. (IBM Problem-ID 4797)
  • Crashes triggered by s390 network drivers calling dst_link_failure(). (IBM Problem-ID 5108)
  • fake_ll source MAC problem. (IBM Problem-ID 4982)
  • Tape: Fix implementation of NOP mtio operation. (IBM Problem-ID 4427)
  • Tape: Initially boxed tapes might become invisible. (IBM Problem-ID 4421)
  • z90crypt incorrectly detects PCIXCC as PCICC. (IBM Problem-ID 5106)
  • zfcp: SCSI I/O stall due to missed local-link-up event. (IBM Problem-ID 5151)
  • zfcp: arbitrary (and bewildering) order of entries in /proc/scsi/zfcp/map. (IBM Problem-ID 5140)
  • zfcp: incomplete fix for dynamic SCSI adapter addition in scsi_mod. (IBM Problem-ID 5135)
  • zfcp: infinite error recovery escalation for certain port failure. (IBM Problem-ID 5144)
Further improvements
  • Corrected hangcheck driver
  • Fix a pointer arithmetic bug in the xattr code.
  • nfsd-fhalias (for HA-NFS): avoid console spew from invalid IP 0.
  • Fix bad ffs() return value, fixes fat and netfilter.
  • Fix NFS directio bug that causes data corruption when creating files larger than 4 GB.
  • Added missing epoll() syscalls.
The "IBM Problem-ID" numbers refer to IBM Developer Works documentation for the "June 2003 stream".
IBM code drops
This updates contains the following IBM code drops:
  • 2003-10-31 kernel for the "June 2003 stream"
  • 2003-11-28 kernel for the "June 2003 stream"
  • 2003-12-18 kernel for the "June 2003 stream"


Please install the update 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 -Uvh kernel-source.rpm

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