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Security update for Linux kernel


(Last modified: 30JUN2005)

solutions Security update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (d39c238b356a33f321f7e33ce90d49c0)

Applies to

Package: k_deflt
Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IPF
Patch: patch-10264
Release: 20050630
Obsoletes: f0f03f02699b998edb62098de7b55696


Everyone using the Linux Kernel on IPF architecture should update.



Problem description

This update fixes following security problems:
  • CAN-2005-1768: A race condition in the 32bit compatibility execv() function could be used to overwrite kernel memory.
Additionally the following non-security related bugs have been fixed:
  • Several JFS stability fixes.
  • Fixed a small MD autostart bug.
  • Fixed memfrac and lower_zone_reserve kernel parameters.
  • Fixed a harmless bug in rwsem just in case some driver uses it.


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 install by using the following command:
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh k_deflt-*.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fvh k_itanium2-smp-*.rpm for the Itanium2 SMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_itanium2.rpm-*.rpm for the Itanium2 kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_smp-*.rpm for the SMP kernel image
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
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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