Linus Torvalds: 'Uhhuh.. 2.4.12'
Oct 11, 2001, 08:33 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linus Torvalds)
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Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 01:04:49 -0700 (PDT)
From: Linus Torvalds <email@example.com>
To: Kernel Mailing List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Uhhuh.. 2.4.12
2.4.11 had a fix for a symlink DoS attack, but sadly that fix broke the
creation of files through a dangling symlink rather badly (it caused the
inode to be created in the very same inode as the symlink, with unhappy
Happily nobody uses that particular horror - or _almost_ nobody does. It
looks like at least the SuSE installer (yast2) does, which causes a nasty
unkillable inode as /dev/mouse if you use yast2 on 2.4.11.
("debugfs -w rootdev" + "rm /dev/mouse" will remove it, although I suspect
there are other less drastic methods too if your fsck doesn't seem to
notice anything wrong with it. Only one report of this actually happening
So I made a 2.4.12, and renamed away the sorry excuse for a kernel that
- Greg KH: USB update (fix UHCI timeouts, serial unplug)
- Christoph Rohland: shmem locking fixes
- Al Viro: more mount cleanup
- me: fix bad interaction with link_count handling
- David Miller: Sparc updates, net cleanup
- Tim Waugh: parport update
- Jeff Garzik: net driver updates
and in a followup message:
From: email@example.com (Linus Torvalds)
Subject: Re: Uhhuh.. 2.4.12
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 08:30:52 +0000 (UTC)
Organization: Transmeta Corporation
In article <Pine.LNX.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Linus Torvalds <email@example.com> wrote:
>So I made a 2.4.12, and renamed away the sorry excuse for a kernel that
> - Tim Waugh: parport update
.. which is broken.
Not a good week.
On the other hand, the good news is that I'll open 2.5.x RSN, just
because Alan is so much better at maintaining things ;)