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HistoryJan 31, 2019 - 12:22 a.m.

[slackware-security] Slackware 14.2 kernel

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New kernel packages are available for Slackware 14.2 to fix security issues.

Here are the details from the Slackware 14.2 ChangeLog:

patches/packages/linux-4.4.172/: Upgraded.
These updates fix various bugs and many (mostly minor) security issues.
Be sure to upgrade your initrd after upgrading the kernel packages.
If you use lilo to boot your machine, be sure lilo.conf points to the correct
kernel and initrd and run lilo as root to update the bootloader.
If you use elilo to boot your machine, you should run eliloconfig to copy the
kernel and initrd to the EFI System Partition.
For more information, see:
Fixed in 4.4.159:
Fixed in 4.4.160:
Fixed in 4.4.163:
Fixed in 4.4.164:
Fixed in 4.4.167:
Fixed in 4.4.168:
Fixed in 4.4.169:
Fixed in 4.4.170:
Fixed in 4.4.171:
Fixed in 4.4.172:
Security fix *)

Where to find the new packages:

Thanks to the friendly folks at the OSU Open Source Lab
( for donating FTP and rsync hosting
to the Slackware project! :-)

Also see the “Get Slack” section on for
additional mirror sites near you.

Updated packages for Slackware 14.2:

Updated packages for Slackware x86_64 14.2:

MD5 signatures:

Slackware 14.2 packages:
8d01bb64cfd41d9a7a899ff7d9a42e80 kernel-firmware-20190118_a8b75ca-noarch-1.txz
c6a8fdb1a81ab10f782935fbe4da2f99 kernel-generic-4.4.172-i586-1.txz
6adb11dad81d3a0638eeba7b5042cc60 kernel-generic-smp-4.4.172_smp-i686-1.txz
f322aa6fab133056419a3bbd9032cdd8 kernel-headers-4.4.172_smp-x86-1.txz
e27fe36e4bac4a3ab782173dc567654f kernel-huge-4.4.172-i586-1.txz
45d6ff4328ad6f85c70322edaa382c30 kernel-huge-smp-4.4.172_smp-i686-1.txz
1b8b2ef0053fb4b7b4c97cd6eaa9f881 kernel-modules-4.4.172-i586-1.txz
c3ded7d7beb67862ccf41ee2252890e7 kernel-modules-smp-4.4.172_smp-i686-1.txz
696786a3ec1da6c3d168fcd9553e7113 kernel-source-4.4.172_smp-noarch-1.txz

Slackware x86_64 14.2 packages:
8d01bb64cfd41d9a7a899ff7d9a42e80 kernel-firmware-20190118_a8b75ca-noarch-1.txz
c65cec1e083eebab8b67ebfb9328168f kernel-generic-4.4.172-x86_64-1.txz
d5919a445c15513c2d50add261255ceb kernel-headers-4.4.172-x86-1.txz
1f03ba34d711a94eab536af030088d55 kernel-huge-4.4.172-x86_64-1.txz
05b3facb192419926bd138e192ef4909 kernel-modules-4.4.172-x86_64-1.txz
35d34318519b753db932513e65ff34eb kernel-source-4.4.172-noarch-1.txz

Installation instructions:

Upgrade the packages as root:
> upgradepkg kernel-*.txz

If you are using an initrd, you’ll need to rebuild it.

For a 32-bit SMP machine, use this command (substitute the appropriate
kernel version if you are not running Slackware 14.2):
> /usr/share/mkinitrd/ -k 4.4.172-smp | bash

For a 64-bit machine, or a 32-bit uniprocessor machine, use this command
(substitute the appropriate kernel version if you are not running
Slackware 14.2):
> /usr/share/mkinitrd/ -k 4.4.172 | bash

Please note that “uniprocessor” has to do with the kernel you are running,
not with the CPU. Most systems should run the SMP kernel (if they can)
regardless of the number of cores the CPU has. If you aren’t sure which
kernel you are running, run “uname -a”. If you see SMP there, you are
running the SMP kernel and should use the 4.4.172-smp version when running
mkinitrd_command_generator. Note that this is only for 32-bit – 64-bit
systems should always use 4.4.172 as the version.

If you are using lilo or elilo to boot the machine, you’ll need to ensure
that the machine is properly prepared before rebooting.

If using LILO:
By default, lilo.conf contains an image= line that references a symlink
that always points to the correct kernel. No editing should be required
unless your machine uses a custom lilo.conf. If that is the case, be sure
that the image= line references the correct kernel file. Either way,
you’ll need to run “lilo” as root to reinstall the boot loader.

If using elilo:
Ensure that the /boot/vmlinuz symlink is pointing to the kernel you wish
to use, and then run eliloconfig to update the EFI System Partition.