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Security update for Linux Kernel (kernel-source)


(Last modified: 04DEC2003)

solutions Security update for Linux Kernel (kernel-source) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (d69260901a5db56058a50e1a21e88429)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Desktop 1.0

Package: kernel-source
Release: 20031204
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed for security reasons.



Problem description

This kernel update fixes a vulnerability in the brk() system call that allows local attackers to obtain super user privilege (CAN-2003-0961).
This update also fixes a race condition in the handling of files opened
with O_DIRECT, which allows local attackers to read random unallocated
disk blocks (CAN-2003-0018).


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 by using this command:
rpm -Fvh kernel-source.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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