[El-errata] Enterprise Linux Release 4 Update 8 for x86 (32 bit) , x86_64 (64 Bit) and Itanium (ia64) architectures

Errata Announcements for Enterprise Linux el-errata at oss.oracle.com
Tue May 26 15:05:22 PDT 2009

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Enterprise Linux Release 4 Update 8 for x86 (32 bit), x86_64 (64 Bit) and Itanium (ia64) architectures.

This update includes the following kernel/driver changes:

_*Bug Fixes added by Oracle*_

    * fix skb alignment that was causing sendto() to fail with EFAULT [orabug 6845794]

    * fix  enomem due to larger mtu size page alloc [orabug 5486128]

    * backout patch sysrq-b that queues upto keventd thread [orabug 6125546]

    * netrx/netpoll race avoidance  [orabug 6143381]

    * Fix elf_core_dump [orabug 6995928]

    * use lfence instead of cpuid instruction to implement memory barriers[orabug 7452412]

    * add netpoll support to xen netfront

    * execshield: fix endless GPF fault loop [orabug 7175395]

    * port el5u2 patch that allows 64-bit PVHVM guest to boot with 32-bit dom0 [orabug 7452107]

    * update shrink_zone patch to allow 100% swap utilization  [orabug 7566319,6086839]

    * backport report_lost_ticks patch from EL5.2 [orabug 6110605]

    * fix for hung JVM thread after #GPF [orabug 7916406]

    * port EL5U3 patch to adjust totalhigh_pages in the balloon driver [orabug 8300888]

    * check to see if hypervisor supports memory reservation change [orabug7556514]

    * use hypercall to fixmap pte updates  [orabug 8433329]

    * Extend physical mask to 40bit for machine above 64G [orabug 8312526]

    * fix oops in show_partition using RCU  [orabug 8423936]
Fixes/Additions from Upstream Distribution Provider*_

Kernel Updates:

    *  Added  new value to  tunable parameter "/proc/sys/kernel/wake_balance" .
       Setting its value to 2 allows to run the thread on any available CPU 
       rather than scheduling it on the optimal CPU.

    *  Added new tunable parameter "max_writeback_pages"  to /proc/sys/vm/  to 
       allow the max number of modified pages kupdate writes to disk per 
       iteration per run. Default value 1024 (4MB).

    *  Added new tunable parameter "swap_token_timeout" to /proc/sys/vm/  to 
       provide a valid hold time of swap out protection token. To disable the 
       swap taken mechanism set this parameter to value 0.

    *  Added diskdump utility  support to sata_svw driver

    *  This update limits 32 bit kernel to boot on systems with more than 64GB 
       of  RAM to 64GB max.

    *  Added support for 'rdattr_error' in NFSv4 readdir request

    *  Updated Common Internat File System (CIFS) to latest upstream version

    *  Added Intel ibex peak PCH support

    *  Added initialization vendor info in boot_cpu_data.

Driver Updates:

    * netxen 3031 initial and msi-x support and fw bugfixes enhancement

    * realtek support for 8111cp and 8111bp with Intel Tylersburg chipset

    * forcedeth driver to  version 0.61

    * e1000e driver to  version

    * igb to  version 1.2.45-k2

    * tg3 to version 3.96

    * ixgbe to version 1.3.18-k4

    * bnx2 to  version 1.7.9

    * bnx2x to  version 1.45.23

    * Fixed various SCSI layer issues

    * Fixed dm-raid  bug with reduce io delay in dm-raid1

    * Updated fcp driver with backport of fcp point to point connection support

    * lpfc to version

    * megaraid_sas to version 4.01-rh1

    * mptfusion driver to version

    * qla2xxx firmware to 4.06.01 for 4GB/s and 8GB/s adapters
    * qla2xxx driver to version

    * Fixed sata_nv in libsata to disable adma by default

    * Alsa hda driver update from upstream 2008-07-22

Other Updates:

    * krb5 utilities are now PAM enabled

    * full support for systemtap

    * updated ipmitool to v1.8.11

    * rpm now correctly fails on archives larger than 2GB

    * updated device-mapper to 1.02.28

    * updated device-mapper-multipath dm_hp_sw handler for HP Storage Arrays
    * updated device-mapper-multipath mpath_prio_ontap for improved error 
      handling on NetApp

    * Added IPv6 support  in iscsi-initiator-utils

    * Added router solicitation support

    * Enforced sg requires tx csum in ethtool

    * Updated OFED  to v1.4

    * Added new AMD HDMI audio support to ATI HDMI

    * Added support for affected_cpus for cpufreq

    * Removed i8042 polling timer

_*Software Accessibility*_

All packages are available via ULN (http://linux.oracle.com).

Installable binary and source ISO images  will be available at http://edelivery.oracle.com shortly. 

If ISO images are needed before  they are available on eDelivery, please request these via a Metalink service request.

For more information  please visit http://linux.oracle.com

Thank you


Enterprise Linux Team

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