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When reading a file from a subdirectory in /proc/bus/pci/ while hot-unplugging the device related to that file, the system will crash. Now, the kernel correctly handles the simultaneous removal of a device and access to the representation of that device in the proc file system. (BZ#713454)
RHSA-2011:0017 introduced a regression: Non-disk SCSI devices (except for tape drives) such as enclosure or CD-ROM devices were hidden when attached to a SAS based RAID controller that uses the megaraid_sas driver. With this update, such devices are accessible, as expected. (BZ#726487)
The fix for CVE-2010-3432 provided in RHSA-2011:0004 introduced a regression: Information in sctp_packet_config(), which was called before appending data chunks to a packet, was not reset, causing considerably poor SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol) performance. With this update, the packet information is reset after transmission. (BZ#727591)
Certain systems do not correctly set the ACPI FADT APIC mode bit. They set the bit to "cluster" mode instead of "physical" mode which caused these systems to boot without the TSC (Time Stamp Counter). With this update, the ACPI FADT check has been removed due to its unreliability. (BZ#728162)
Performance when invalidating and rereading cached data as a glock moves around the cluster with GFS2 is improved. (BZ#729082)
Performance issues occurred when multiple nodes attempted to call mmap() on the same inode at the same time on a GFS2 file system, as it was using an exclusive glock. With this update, a shared lock is used when "noatime" is set on the mount, allowing mmap() operations to occur in parallel, fixing this bug. Note that this issue only refers to mmap() system calls, and not to subsequent page faults. (BZ#729090)
Some of the functions in the GFS2 file system were not reserving enough space for the resource group header in a transaction and for resource groups bit blocks that get added when a memory allocation is performed. That resulted in failed write and allocation operations. With this update, GFS2 makes sure to reserve space in the described scenario, using the new gfs2_rg_blocks() inline function. (BZ#729092)
When GFS2 grew the file system, it never reread the rindex file during the grow. This is necessary for large grows when the file system is almost full, and GFS2 needs to use some of the space allocated earlier in the grow to complete it. Now, if GFS2 fails to reserve the necessary space and the rindex data is not up-to-date, it rereads it. (BZ#729094)
Previously, when the Xen hypervisor split a 2 MB page into 4 KB pages, it linked the new page from PDE (Page Directory Entry) before it filled entries of the page with appropriate data. Consequently, when doing a live migration with EPT (Extended Page Tables) enabled on a non-idle guest running with more than two virtual CPUs, the guest often terminated unexpectedly. With this update, the Xen hypervisor prepares the page table entry first, and then links it in. (BZ#730684)
Changes made to TSC as a clock source for IRQs caused virtual machines running under the VMware ESX or ESXi hypervisors to become unresponsive during the initial kernel boot process. With this update, the enable_tsc_timer flag enables the do_timer_tsc_timekeeping() function to be called in the do_timer_interrupt_hook() function, preventing a deadlock in the timer interrupt handler. (BZ#730688)
Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.