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Bug Fix Advisory dmidecode enhancement update

Advisory: RHBA-2009:1324-1
Type: Bug Fix Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2009-09-02
Last updated on: 2009-09-02
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

Details

An updated dmidecode package that fixes a bug and adds
enhancements is now available.

The dmidecode package provides utilities for extracting x86 and ia64
hardware information from the system BIOS or EFI, according to the
SMBIOS/DMI standard. This information typically includes system
manufacturer, model name, serial number, BIOS version, asset tag as well as
a lot of other details of varying level of interest and reliability
depending on the manufacturer.

This will often include usage status for the CPU sockets, expansion
slots (e.g. AGP, PCI, ISA) and memory module slots, and the list of
I/O ports (e.g. serial, parallel, USB).

This updated package adds the following enhancement:

* the previous version of the dmidecode package was based on upstream
version 2.7 and lacked support for a variety of newer hardware. The package
now provides version 2.9, which:
-updates support for SMBIOS specification version 2.5
-decodes slot IDs of AGP 8x and PCIE slots
-decodes newer processor characteristics (multi-core, multi-thread, 64-bit)
-supports newer types of chassis, processor, socket, connector and memory
device
-supports x86 EFI
(BZ#459048)

This updated package fixes the following bug:

* the default method used by dmidecode to retrieve entries from the DMI
table produces unaligned access errors when used on Itanium systems. When
built for the Itanium architecture, this version of the package includes a
workaround that avoids these errors. (BZ#459048).

Users of dmidecode are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which
adds this enhancements and fixes this bug.


Solution

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259

Updated packages

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)

SRPMS:
dmidecode-2.9-1.el5.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHEA-2011:0988
    MD5: d52a07c4e7475d1770d5ff87d8774771
 
IA-32:
dmidecode-2.9-1.el5.i386.rpm
File outdated by:  RHEA-2011:0988
    MD5: 4eeebab4e227f02701efc2af1a9ac15c
 
IA-64:
dmidecode-2.9-1.el5.ia64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHEA-2011:0988
    MD5: e98963cfbada5e9734a7ddb8bde83918
 
x86_64:
dmidecode-2.9-1.el5.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHEA-2011:0988
    MD5: c6542e706b849227ecab9c6f937a963f
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

SRPMS:
dmidecode-2.9-1.el5.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHEA-2011:0988
    MD5: d52a07c4e7475d1770d5ff87d8774771
 
IA-32:
dmidecode-2.9-1.el5.i386.rpm
File outdated by:  RHEA-2011:0988
    MD5: 4eeebab4e227f02701efc2af1a9ac15c
 
x86_64:
dmidecode-2.9-1.el5.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHEA-2011:0988
    MD5: c6542e706b849227ecab9c6f937a963f
 
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

459048 - update dmidecode from 2.7 to 2.9, the latest version


Keywords

dmidecode


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