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Bug Fix Advisory freeipmi bug fix update

Advisory: RHBA-2011:1499-1
Type: Bug Fix Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2012-02-20
Last updated on: 2012-02-20
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)


Updated freeipmi packages that fix several bugs are now available for Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5.

The FreeIPMI project provides "Remote-Console" (out-of-band) and "System
Management Software" (in-band) based on the Intelligent Platform Management
Interface specification.

These updated freeipmi packages provide fixes for the following bugs:

* Prior to this update, the "ipmi-sel" tool did not properly initialize itself
and crashed when reading an empty SEL (System Event Log). With this update,
ipmi-sel initialization is fixed and the tool no longer crashes when reading an
empty SEL. (BZ#439411)

* Prior to this update, the "freeipmi-bmc-watchdog" service start did not expect
that a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) watchdog timer could already be
running and did not reset the timer. In addition, the service stop did not stop
the BMC watchdog timer. This could result in a watchdog timer resetting, or
shutting down, the machine. With this update, "service freeipmi-bmc-watchdog
start" resets any previously started BMC watchdog timer and "service
freeipmi-bmc-watchdog stop" correctly stops the timer. As a result the machine
boots up normally. (BZ#639850)

All users of freeipmi are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which
fix these bugs.


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

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at

Updated packages

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)

freeipmi-0.5.1-7.el5.src.rpm     MD5: cb72cd4070450ce1be4777384d7c1e11
SHA-256: 920f2915fec979d12880e2adb6c9720c97079859a808b5d3f44ba7452208bc6b
freeipmi-0.5.1-7.el5.i386.rpm     MD5: e912c4046e2e0815470dc5c94832c1f4
SHA-256: 2ae9d0011ab61b837da2a25c383f989faa681290365f3a16e017f0e8c0881f7b
freeipmi-bmc-watchdog-0.5.1-7.el5.i386.rpm     MD5: 65ed85f47eb473abec95695a211e12d7
SHA-256: 60656607a20f2f79212ee211f22325dc0b4ee110ce7d9f2ffb553b8bca2095bf
freeipmi-devel-0.5.1-7.el5.i386.rpm     MD5: 841f7b3e61ddd93981914332e4462a6d
SHA-256: 466077344de6811cf369523d4622ac3f75d87c2b804687f2b4fc297183016ccf
freeipmi-ipmidetectd-0.5.1-7.el5.i386.rpm     MD5: 6d3f149455adf23aa3cc515def236ef1
SHA-256: 1dbecbae5599429d04d2fb275eb6203e3e581fd832ecd3b911c125e976afd8cb
freeipmi-0.5.1-7.el5.ia64.rpm     MD5: 46212768f59c98a0316a77fdb50a4752
SHA-256: dc71247775fcda6470b82cac7135fb3b8590b657d8ade4a265078504867478be
freeipmi-bmc-watchdog-0.5.1-7.el5.ia64.rpm     MD5: a553ecedf28f0262f92409abc3acea83
SHA-256: f4fa9c2cc6ffa8bebfda3abf56cbdb81f8d7fd81ca95f9da37257594c332f538
freeipmi-devel-0.5.1-7.el5.ia64.rpm     MD5: 751e1e7dff16ed7242e691ef11c4a68c
SHA-256: 3d124dc85a124530624efa8c831073ca1e1ebabc92e79fb98343e35baa5d7f3e
freeipmi-ipmidetectd-0.5.1-7.el5.ia64.rpm     MD5: 4233f61d1daf0b53ea93d307fab86401
SHA-256: 9a19aa054d24337e5024ede4869c5ff9ddda58490fec3b4af8c6b0b85a85cfef
freeipmi-0.5.1-7.el5.i386.rpm     MD5: e912c4046e2e0815470dc5c94832c1f4
SHA-256: 2ae9d0011ab61b837da2a25c383f989faa681290365f3a16e017f0e8c0881f7b
freeipmi-0.5.1-7.el5.x86_64.rpm     MD5: 85d22dd1eb3b91ae64f5c18fe9dcd582
SHA-256: c64863c34c2c39f1224d500ec6c243b7e90b2f6e3d05dd1c53b0ccbc3c93d01b
freeipmi-bmc-watchdog-0.5.1-7.el5.x86_64.rpm     MD5: 853575997631c302c96eaf81ba108ca6
SHA-256: 76c261d85eaad8b7e9e89268ce8ec7bf4b8218cd4249f6b7be3b5b88115176ee
freeipmi-devel-0.5.1-7.el5.i386.rpm     MD5: 841f7b3e61ddd93981914332e4462a6d
SHA-256: 466077344de6811cf369523d4622ac3f75d87c2b804687f2b4fc297183016ccf
freeipmi-devel-0.5.1-7.el5.x86_64.rpm     MD5: 3269dd2b44e3e6c95c27ec2dfe64ab8a
SHA-256: e37b21f77ce0f4ebee4dfc9bbc4f3d15122d1569cd0c73669c7631372d0ef90e
freeipmi-ipmidetectd-0.5.1-7.el5.x86_64.rpm     MD5: 8d43873ceff266cb7a48090491cf0433
SHA-256: e8772e863d895c97d12f8127102a14864808f1276883b43fdca8fd16ab820ed2
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

439411 - ipmi-sel aborts reading empty SEL log
639850 - BMC watchdog doesn't start if setup in bios with a bootup timeout

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