Updated kernel packages that fix a security issue in the CentOS Linux 3 kernel are now available. This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
The Linux kernel handles the basic functions of the operating system. A flaw was found in ia32 emulation affecting users running 64-bit versions of CentOS Linux on x86_64 architectures. A local user could use this flaw to gain elevated privileges. (CVE-2007-4573). CentOS would like to thank Wojciech Purczynski for reporting this issue. CentOS Linux 3 users are advised to upgrade to these packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.
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