8.112. libguestfs

Updated libguestfs packages that fix several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The libguestfs packages contain a library, which is used for accessing and modifying virtual machine (VM) disk images.
This update also fixes the following bugs:

Upgrade to an upstream version

The virt-sysprep packages have been upgraded to upstream version 1.24.6, which provides a number of enhancements over the previous version, namely new features such as removing unnecessary files, including the possibility to specify custom paths, and setting user passwords. (BZ#1037166)
This update also fixes the following bugs:

Bug Fixes

BZ#624335
The blockdev_setbsz API has been deprecated as the underlying implementation ("blockdev --setbsz") is no longer considered useful.
BZ#965495
Prior to this update, the gdisk utility was not available as a dependency on the libguestfs library. Consequently, gdisk was not available, and thus guestfs_part_get_gpt_type and guestfs_part_set_gpt_type APIs were not usable. This update adds gdisk as a dependency, and thus is now available as well as the aforementioned APIs.
BZ#982979
Due to the fstrim feature marked as available, calling the fstrim API returned errors. As fstrim does not work with both the kernel and QEMU available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, this update disables fstrim. Now, calling the fstrim API reports that fstrim is no longer available.
BZ#1056558
Previously, when the virt-sparsify utility was run with a block or character device as output, the output device was overwritten by a file, or deleted. To fix this bug, if a block or character device is specified as output, virt-sparsify refuses to run.
BZ#1072062
Due to wrong implementation of the Guestfs.new() constructor in the Ruby binding, creating a new Guestfs instance often resulted in an error. With this update, the implementation of Guestfs.new() has been rewritten, and Guestfs.new now works correctly.
BZ#1091805
When running the tar-in guestfish command, or using the tar_in guestfs API, with a non-existing input tar or to a non-existing destination directory, the libguestfs appliance terminated unexpectedly. The error checking has been approved, and the tar-in now cleanly returns an error.
BZ#1056558
Previously, the virt-sparsify utility did not check for free space available in the temporary directory. Consequently, virt-sparsify became unresponsive if the temporary directory lacked enough free space. With this update, virt-sparsify checks by default for available space before the sparsification operation, and virt-sparsify now works as intended.
BZ#1106548
Previously, particular permission checks for the root user in the FUSE layer of the libguestfs library were missing. Consequently, mounting a disk image using guestmount and accessing a directory as root with permissions 700 and not owned by root failed with the "permission denied" error. With this update, permissions have been disabled, and root can now access any directory of a disk image mounted using guestmount.
BZ#1123794
The previous version of libguestfs library was not closing all the open file descriptors when forking subprocesses such as QEMU. Consequently, if the parent process or any non-libguestfs library did not atomically set the O_CLOEXEC flag on file descriptors, the parent process leaked into QEMU, In OpenStack, this bug also caused deadlocks, because Python 2 is unable to set O_CLOEXEC atomically. With this update, libguestfs closes all the file descriptors before executing QEMU, and deadlocks no longer occur.
BZ#1079182
Previously, the libguestfs library was skipping partitions with type 0x42, Windows Lightweight Device Mounter (LDM) volumes, when LDM was not available. Consequently, simple LDM volumes mountable as a single partition were ignored. With this update, the partition detection is not skipped if LDM is missing, and simple LDM volumes can now be recognized and mounted as plain NTFS partitions.
The virt-sysprep packages have been upgraded to upstream version 1.24.6, which provides a number of enhancements over the previous version, namely new features such as removing unnecessary files, including the possibility to specify custom paths, and setting user passwords. (BZ#1037166)
Users of libguestfs are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs and add these enhancements.