August 20, 2009

Slackware Security Announcement 2009-08-19 kernel [updated] (SSA:2009-231-01)

[slackware-security] kernel [updated] (SSA:2009-231-01)


This is a followup to the SSA:2009-230-01 advisory noting some errata.


The generic SMP kernel update for Slackware 12.2 was built using the

.config for a huge kernel, not a generic one. The kernel previously

published as kernel-generic-smp and in the gemsmp.s directory works

and is secure, but is larger than it needs to be. It has been

replaced in the Slackware 12.2 patches with a generic SMP kernel.


A new svgalib_helper package (compiled for a kernel) was

added to the Slackware 12.2 /patches.


An error was noticed in the SSA:2009-230-01 advisory concerning the

packages for Slackware -current 32-bit. The http links given refer to

packages with a -1 build version. The actual packages have a build

number of -2.



Here are the details from the Slackware 12.2 ChangeLog:



Rebuilt the modules using the config-generic-smp- .config.


Fixed the .config to use config-generic-smp-

The config-generic-huge- was mistakenly used for build -1.

Thanks to Chuck56 for the report.


Changed the included .config to the config-generic-smp- version.


Recompiled for




Where to find the new packages:



HINT: Getting slow download speeds from

Give a try. This is another primary FTP site

for Slackware that can be considerably faster than downloading

directly from


Thanks to the friendly folks at the OSU Open Source Lab

( for donating additional FTP and rsync hosting

to the Slackware project! :-)


Also see the "Get Slack" section on for

additional mirror sites near you.


Updated kernel packages for Slackware 12.2 may be found here:






All packages are signed with the Slackware Security Team GPG signature for

verification of authenticity. File may also be checked with the CHECKSUMS.md5

file provided in each Slackware directory tree, which is also signed with the

Slackware GPG key.



Installation instructions:



Upgrade the kernel packages as root, rebuild the initrd with

mkinitrd, and reinstall LILO. For details on the process of

updating the Slackware 12.2 kernels, see the README file in






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