Article ID: 115641, created on Mar 4, 2013, last review on May 6, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Virtuozzo hypervisor 5.0
Synopsis:          New Parallels Server Bare Metal 5.0 kernel provides an update with performance and stability fixes.
Product:           Parallels Server Bare Metal 5.0
Keywords:          "bugfix" "stability" "security"


This document provides information on the new Parallels Server Bare Metal 5.0 kernel, version 2.6.32-042stab074.10.


1. About This Release
2. Updates Description
3. Obtaining New Kernel
4. References



The current update for the Parallels Server Bare Metal 5.0 kernel provides a
new kernel based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 kernel (2.6.32-279.22.1.el6). 

The updated kernel includes a number of security and stability fixes.



This update contains fixes for the following issues:

* A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's ptrace
  implementation handled PTRACE_SETREGS requests when the debuggee was awakened
  due to a SIGKILL signal instead of being stopped. A local, unprivileged
  user could use this flaw to escalate their privileges. (CVE-2013-0871, PSBM-18575)

* A kernel panic could occur if netconsole was used on a Hardware Node
  with a network card supported by the "tg3" driver. (PCLIN-31420)

* Under certain circumstances, a kernel BUG at mm/memory.c:2815 could be
  triggered by high disk I/O. (OVZ 2491)

* Several issues had been fixed which could potentially cause a priority
  inversion problem when a Container with the CPULIMIT parameter set to
  a low value indirectly throttled Containers with a greater CPULIMIT
  value or even unlimited Containers. (PSBM-15441)

* Under certain circumstances, running tasks could be throttled by the scheduler
  and never unthrottled, thus causing random process hangs. (PSBM-17658)

* Limiting CPU resources for Containers residing on an NFS volume could cause
  a significant NFS performance decrease for all Containers on the Node. (PCLIN-31507)

* A kernel panic could occur when starting a Container if the "venetdev" module
  was not loaded. (OVZ 2487)

* The missing mnt_drop_write() call has been added; its absence triggered the
  following kernel warning (PSBM-17612):
  "WARNING: at fs/namespace.c:739 mntput_no_expire+0x109/0x110()".

* Due to an incorrect TFD_TIMER_ABSTIME timer handling, the "init" process
  in a Container with Fedora 18 could consume a lot of CPU power during the first
  few minutes after Container start-up. (PSBM-18284)

* The stability of ploop images has been enhanced by fixing several issues
  found during prolonged stress testing. (PSBM-18293, PSBM-18376)

* Support for second-level quota in Containers running Fedora 18 has been
  added. (PSBM-18337)



You can download and install this kernel update using the vzup2date utility
included in the Parallels Server Bare Metal 5.0 distribution set.



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