Updated tar packages that fix one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The GNU tar program saves many files together in one archive and can restore individual files (or all of the files) from that archive.
Previously, the tar utility was unable to extract (using the "-x" or "--extract" option) or list (using the "-t" or "list" option) files from an archive in an older GNU format if the archive contained files with long paths and if the length of the member name was divisible by the block size of 512. This happened because tar read an extra block of data after a long name header and the file pointer was consequently set off. An upstream patch has been applied to address this problem, and the tar utility now lists and extracts files as expected under these circumstances.
All users of tar are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix this bug.