Share your story
The central voice for Linux and Open Source security news
Home News Topics Advisories HOWTOs Features Newsletters About Register

Sign up!
EnGarde Community
What is the most important Linux security technology?
Linux Events
Linux User Groups
Link to Us
Security Center
Book Reviews
Security Dictionary
Security Tips
White Papers
Featured Blogs
All About Linux
DanWalsh LiveJournal
Latest Newsletters
Linux Advisory Watch: March 27th, 2015
Linux Security Week: March 23rd, 2015
LinuxSecurity Newsletters
Choose Lists:
About our Newsletters
RSS Feeds
Get the LinuxSecurity news you want faster with RSS
Powered By

SuSE: Kernel Backdoor (April Fool's Joke) Print E-mail
User Rating:      How can I rate this item?
Source: Roman Drahtmueller - Posted by Ryan W. Maple   
Hacks/Cracks Roman Drahtmüller send this message to the suse-security-announce mailing list in regards to an April Fools joke that some people are taking a little bit too seriously. . . Roman Drahtmüller send this message to the suse-security-announce mailing list in regards to an April Fools joke that some people are taking a little bit too seriously:
 Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 15:48:18 +0200 (MEST) From: Roman Drahtmueller  To: Subject: [suse-security-announce] Kernel Backdoor (April Fool's joke)  To those involved in Linux security:  The latest release of "Linux-Magazin", a monthly German magazine that focuses on Linux, contains an article by Mirko Dölle about security problems in the Linux kernel.  In particular, the article argues that IP packets could be forwarded to the address (there is a PTR record at, which has an A record back to the same address).  Many German Linux users have been calling SuSE support to learn details on how to deal with this problem, not willing to believe that the article is an April Fool's joke on security. None of the claims are correct, which makes a kernel update unnecessary for this particular problem.   Now, as inclined readers of security mailing lists may have noticed, there are indeed security problems in the Linux kernel. These problems are no backdoors of any kind, and they are not related to the article mentioned above. In addition, the known kernel security issues are not remotely exploitable, which means that local shell access is needed to take advantage of the weaknesses. The weaknesses allow for a local attacker to gain superuser access to the system.  SuSE will provide update packages for the supported distributions 6.3, 6.4, 7.0 and 7.1 shortly that eliminate the known problems. The SuSE kernels are standard kernels, equipped with a set of patches that introduce drivers and many other enhancements to the standard Linux kernel. The update packages are currently being tested and will be available and announced as soon as possible.  As an information for those who compile and install their own kernels: The freshly released Linux kernel version 2.2.19 fixes the known issues in the kernel. It should run smoothly on all 6.x SuSE Linux distributions, but please note that 2.2.19 requires update packages for the lvm and/or the raidtools (formerly mdutils) package if lvm (logical volume manager) or the software raid facility of the Linux kernel are used. The lvm package is available for download from our ftp server, the raidtools package will follow soon.  Regards, Roman Drahtmüller, SuSE Security 

Only registered users can write comments.
Please login or register.

Powered by AkoComment!

< Prev   Next >


Latest Features
Peter Smith Releases Linux Network Security Online
Securing a Linux Web Server
Password guessing with Medusa 2.0
Password guessing as an attack vector
Squid and Digest Authentication
Squid and Basic Authentication
Demystifying the Chinese Hacking Industry: Earning 6 Million a Night
Free Online security course (LearnSIA) - A Call for Help
What You Need to Know About Linux Rootkits
Review: A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux - Fifth Edition
Weekend Edition
FBI Quietly Removes Recommendation To Encrypt Your Phone
And the prize for LEAST SECURE BROWSER goes to ... Chrome!
Partner Sponsor

Community | HOWTOs | Blogs | Features | Book Reviews | Networking
 Security Projects |  Latest News |  Newsletters |  SELinux |  Privacy |  Home
 Hardening |   About Us |   Advertise |   Legal Notice |   RSS |   Guardian Digital
(c)Copyright 2015 Guardian Digital, Inc. All rights reserved.