6.10 Release Notes

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10

Release Notes for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10

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The Release Notes provide high-level coverage of the improvements and additions that have been implemented in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 and document known problems in this release. For information about notable bug fixes, Technology Previews, deprecated functionality, and other details, refer to the Technical Notes.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) minor releases are an aggregation of individual enhancement, security, and bug fix errata. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Release Notes document describes the major changes made to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 operating system and its accompanying applications for this minor release, as well as known problems. The Technical Notes document provides a list of notable bug fixes, all currently available Technology Previews, deprecated functionality, and other information.
Capabilities and limits of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as compared to other versions of the system are available in the Red Hat Knowledgebase article available at https://access.redhat.com/articles/rhel-limits.
Packages distributed with this release are listed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Package Manifest. Migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is documented in the Migration Planning Guide.
For information regarding the Red Hat Enterprise Linux life cycle, refer to https://access.redhat.com/support/policy/updates/errata/.

Chapter 1. Overview

Product Life Cycle Note

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is now in the Maintenance Support 2 phase of the product life cycle. New functionality and new hardware enablement are not planned for availability in this phase. The updates are limited to qualified critical security fixes and business-impacting urgent issues. Please refer to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle for more information.

In-place Upgrade from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

As Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions are not tied to a particular release, existing customers can update their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 infrastructure to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 at any time, free of charge, to take advantage of recent upstream innovations.
An in-place upgrade offers a way of upgrading a system to a new major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux by replacing the existing operating system. To perform an in-place upgrade, use the Preupgrade Assistant, a utility that checks the system for upgrade issues before running the actual upgrade, and that also provides additional scripts for the Red Hat Upgrade Tool. When you have solved all the problems reported by the Preupgrade Assistant, use the Red Hat Upgrade Tool to upgrade the system.
Note that the Preupgrade Assistant and the Red Hat Upgrade Tool are available in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Extras channel, see https://access.redhat.com/support/policy/updates/extras.

Red Hat Insights

Since Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7, the Red Hat Insights service is available. Red Hat Insights is a proactive service designed to enable you to identify, examine, and resolve known technical issues before they affect your deployment. Insights leverages the combined knowledge of Red Hat Support Engineers, documented solutions, and resolved issues to deliver relevant, actionable information to system administrators.
The service is hosted and delivered through the Customer Portal or through Red Hat Satellite. To register your systems, follow the Getting Started Guide for Insights.

Red Hat Customer Portal Labs

Red Hat Customer Portal Labs is a set of tools in a section of the Customer Portal available at https://access.redhat.com/labs/. The applications in Red Hat Customer Portal Labs can help you improve performance, quickly troubleshoot issues, identify security problems, and quickly deploy and configure complex applications. Some of the most popular applications are:

Part I. New Features

This part describes new features and major enhancements introduced in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10.

Chapter 2. Clustering

Unfencing is done in resource cleanup only if relevant parameters changed

Previously, in a cluster that included a fence device that supports unfencing, such as fence_scsi or fence_mpath, a general resource cleanup or a cleanup of any stonith resource would always result in unfencing, including a restart of all resources. Now, unfencing is only done if the parameters to the device that supports unfencing changed. (BZ#1427643)

pacemaker rebased to version 1.1.18

The pacemaker packages have been upgraded to upstream version 1.1.18, which includes the following behavioral difference:
Pacemaker now probes virtual machines launched with a Pacemaker Remote connection ("guest nodes"), just as it probes any node that joins the cluster. This allows Pacemaker to catch services that were mistakenly started at boot or by hand, and to refresh its knowledge after a resource clean-up. As such, it is important in order to be able to avoid having a service running in conflicting locations. However, these probes must be executed and the results processed before any resources can be started on the guest node. This can result in a noticeable increase in start-up time. Also, if users were previously relying on the probes not being done, the probes may fail (for example, if the relevant software isn't installed on the guest).
These effects can be avoided in cases where it is not possible for certain resources to run on the guest nodes. Usually there will already be -INFINITY location constraints enforcing that. Users can add resource-discovery=never to the location constraint options to tell pacemaker not to probe that resource on the guest nodes. (This should not be done for any resource that can run on the guest.) (BZ#1513199)

clufter rebased to version 0.77.1

The clufter packages have been upgraded to upstream version 0.77.1, which provides a number of bug fixes, new features, and user experience enhancements over the previous version. Among the notable updates are the following:
  • When producing pcs commands, the clufter tool now supports a preferred ability to generate pcs commands that will update only the modifications made to a configuration by means of a differential update rather than a pushing a wholesale update of the entire configuration. Likewise when applicable, the clufter tool now supports instructing the pcs tool to configure user permissions (ACLs). For this to work across the instances of various major versions of the document schemas, clufter gained the notion of internal on-demand format upgrades, mirroring the internal mechanics of pacemaker. Similarly, clufter is now capable of configuring the bundle feature.
  • In any script-like output sequence such as that produced with the ccs2pcscmd and pcs2pcscmd families of clufter commands, the intended shell interpreter is now emitted in a valid form, so that the respective commented line can be honored by the operating system.
  • When using clufter to translate an existing configuration with the pcs2pcscmd-needle command in the case where the corosync.conf equivalent omits the cluster_name option (which is not the case with standard pcs-initiated configurations), the contained pcs cluster setup invocation no longer causes cluster misconfiguration with the name of the first given node interpreted as the required cluster name specification. The same invocation will now include the --encryption 0|1 switch when available, in order to reflect the original configuration accurately.
  • All clufter commands having a sequence of pcs commands at the output, meaning they are passed through a post-processing to improve readability (unless disabled with --noop=cmd-wrap), no longer have the issue that some characters with special meaning in shell language were not being quoted, which changed their interpretation.
  • The clufter tool now also covers some additional recently added means of configuration as facilitated with pcs (heuristics for a quorum device, meta attributes for top-level bundle resource units) when producing the sequence of configuring pcs commands to reflect existing configurations when applicable. On the corosync configuration interfacing side, the format parser no longer misinterprets commented-out lines with spaces or tabulators in front of the respective delimiter, and support for some mechanically introduced options was reconsidered under closer examination of what pcs actually handles.
For information on the capabilities of clufter, see the clufter(1) man page or the output of the clufter -h command. For examples of clufter usage, see the following Red Hat Knowledgebase article: https://access.redhat.com/articles/2810031. (BZ#1526494, BZ#1381531, BZ#1517834, BZ#1552666)

Chapter 3. Compiler and Tools

gcc-libraries rebased to version 7.2.1

The gcc-libraries packages have been updated to upstream version 7.2.1. This update adds the following enhancements:
  • The libgfortran.so Fortran library has been added to enable running applications built with Red Hat Developer Toolset.
  • Support for certain DEC Fortran formatting extensions has been added to the Fortran library. (BZ#1465568, BZ#1554429)

Support for retpolines added to GCC

This update adds support for retpolines to GCC. Retpolines are a technique used by the kernel to reduce overhead of mitigating Spectre Variant 2 attacks described in CVE-2017-5715. (BZ#1535656, BZ#1553817)

Chapter 4. Installation and Booting

The ARPUPDATE option for ifcfg-* files has been introduced

This update introduces the ARPUPDATE option for ifcfg-* files. The default value is `yes`; setting the value to no allows you to disable updating neighboring computers using the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) information about the current network interface controller. This is especially useful when using Linux Virtual Server (LVS) Load Balancing with direct routing enabled. (BZ#1440888)

Chapter 5. Networking

bind now contains new root zone KSK

Because of the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Key Signing Key (KSK) rollover in October 2017, a new key tag has been added to the bind package with an updated root server and a trust anchor. Having an up-to-date KSK is essential for ensuring that validating DNS resolvers continue to function correctly following the rollover. (BZ#1452639)

The iptables-services package now support /etc/sysctl.d

With this update, the init scripts of the iptables or ip6tables services now recognize the configuration files in the /etc/sysctl.d directory as well as the /etc/sysctl.conf file itself. As a result, the user-provided sysctl settings stored in /etc/sysctl.d/ are now correctly taken into account when the iptables service is restarted. (BZ#1459673)

Chapter 6. System and Subscription Management

reposync now by default skips packages whose location falls outside the destination directory

Previously, the reposync command did not sanitize paths to packages specified in a remote repository, which was insecure. A security fix for CVE-2018-10897 has changed the default behavior of reposync to not store any packages outside the specified destination directory. To restore the original insecure behavior, use the new --allow-path-traversal option. (BZ#1609302)

Chapter 7. Red Hat Software Collections

Red Hat Software Collections is a Red Hat content set that provides a set of dynamic programming languages, database servers, and related packages that you can install and use on all supported releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 on AMD64 and Intel 64 architectures. Red Hat Developer Toolset is included as a separate Software Collection.
Red Hat Developer Toolset is designed for developers working on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. It provides current versions of the GNU Compiler Collection, GNU Debugger, and other development, debugging, and performance monitoring tools. Since Red Hat Software Collections 2.3, the Eclipse development platform is provided as a separate Software Collection.
Dynamic languages, database servers, and other tools distributed with Red Hat Software Collections do not replace the default system tools provided with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, nor are they used in preference to these tools. Red Hat Software Collections uses an alternative packaging mechanism based on the scl utility to provide a parallel set of packages. This set enables optional use of alternative package versions on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. By using the scl utility, users can choose which package version they want to run at any time.


Red Hat Software Collections has a shorter life cycle and support term than Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see the Red Hat Software Collections Product Life Cycle.
See the Red Hat Software Collections documentation for the components included in the set, system requirements, known problems, usage, and specifics of individual Software Collections.
See the Red Hat Developer Toolset documentation for more information about the components included in this Software Collection, installation, usage, known problems, and more.

Part II. Known Issues

This part documents known problems in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10.

Chapter 8. General Updates

Incorrect information about the expected default settings of services in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

The module of Preupgrade Assistant that handles initscripts provides incorrect information about the expected default settings of the services in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 according to the /usr/lib/systemd/system-preset/90-default.preset file in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and according to the current settings of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 system. In addition, the module does not check the default settings of the system but only the settings for the runlevel used during the processing of the check script, which might not be the default runlevel of the system. As a consequence, initscripts are not handled in the anticipated way and the new system needs more manual action than expected. However, the user is informed about the settings that will be chosen for relevant services, despite the presumable default settings. (BZ#1366671)

Installing from a USB flash drive fails on UEFI systems

The efidisk.img file is required to create a bootable USB drive that will work on a system with UEFI firmware. In this release, a problem during the compose build process has caused this file to be generated incorrectly, and as a result, the file is not usable for booting.
As a workaround, use one of the alternate means of booting the installer on UEFI systems:
  • Burn one of the provided boot ISO images (boot.iso or the full installation DVD) to a CD or DVD, and boot using an optical drive
  • Mount one of the ISO images as a CD or DVD drive
  • Set up a PXE server and boot from the network (BZ#1588352)

Chapter 9. Authentication and Interoperability

Updating a machine account password with adcli in some cases fails with SELinux error

When attempting to update the machine account password using the adcli tool in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10, the system security services daemon (SSSD) sometimes tries to update an internal Samba database that contains also the machine account password. As a consequence, the SELinux access vector cache (AVC) states that SSSD and its subprocesses are not allowed to run Samba's net command to update the internal Samba database.
To work around this problem, you can add a local SELinux policy by creating a sssd_samba.te file with the following content:
module sssd_samba 1.0;

require {
	type sssd_t;
	type samba_net_exec_t;
	class file execute;

#============= sssd_t ==============
allow sssd_t samba_net_exec_t:file execute;
And then enter the following commands:
# yum install selinux-policy-devel
# make -f /usr/share/selinux/devel/Makefile sssd_samba.pp
# semodule -i sssd_samba.pp
As a result, SSSD with adcli can update Samba's internal database without an SELinux AVC error. (BZ#1558428)

Chapter 10. Compiler and Tools

Git cannot be used with HTTP or HTTPS and SSO

Git provides the http.delegation configuration variable, which corresponds to the cURL --delegation parameter, for use when delegation of Kerberos tickets is required. However, Git included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 contains irrelevant checks of the version of the libcurl library while required fixes are provided by a different version of libcurl on RHEL 6 systems. As a consqeuence, using Git with Single Sign-On on HTTP or HTTPS connections fails. To work around this problem, use the Git version provided by the rh-git29 Software Collection from Red Hat Software Collections. (BZ#1430723)

Chapter 11. Installation and Booting

GRUB does not support NVMe devices

Non-volatile memory NVM Express (NVMe) devices are not supported by the GRUB boot loader in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, and therefore the boot loader can't be installed on these devices.
To work around the problem, you can:
  • Use another storage device to install the boot loader
  • Upgrade to RHEL 7, which uses GRUB2 as the default boot loader and supports installation to NVMe devices

GRUB updates are not applied to the system

When the GRUB boot loader is updated using yum or rpm (for example, rpm -Uvh grub), and the update process succeeds, then the grub-install command is not being run automatically due to technical limitations of GRUB. The updated package is downloaded and installed, but the new version of the boot loader provided by that package is not automatically applied to the system. Instead, the old version is used even after the package update, and therefore any fixes provided in the update are not applied to the system.
To work around this problem, run the grub-install command manually using a command line with root privileges every time an update to the grub package is installed. (BZ#1573121)

GRUB Legacy does not support SHA-encrypted passwords

In UEFI mode, GRUB Legacy supports only MD5-encrypted passwords and does not support SHA256 and SHA512-encrypted passwords. Consequently, the operating system becomes unresponsive at boot time, when using SHA256 and SHA512-encrypted passwords in UEFI mode.
To work around this problem, you can:
  • Configure your system to boot in Legacy BIOS mode. For more information, see https://access.redhat.com/solutions/68828.
  • Upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, which uses the GRUB 2 boot loader that supports SHA-encrypted passwords. (BZ#1598553)

Chapter 12. Kernel

Processes reading the /proc/stat file cause high CPU usage

CPU usage is high on the system when many processes are reading the /proc/stat file. This is caused by contention on the sparse_irq_lock kernel lock.
To work around this problem, add the kstat_irq_nolock argument on the kernel command line. This disables the lock and lowers CPU usage, but it might lead to the system becoming unresponsive in extremely rare cases due to a race condition. (BZ#1544565)

Chapter 13. Security

A runtime version of OpenSSL is masked and SSL_OP_NO_TLSv1_1 must not be used with OpenSSL 1.0.0

Because certain applications perform incorrect version check of the OpenSSL version, the actual runtime version of OpenSSL is masked and the build-time version is reported instead. Consequently, it is impossible to detect the currently running OpenSSL version using the SSLeay() function.
Additionally, passing the value equivalent to the SSL_OP_NO_TLSv1_1 option as present on OpenSSL 1.0.1 to the SSL_CTX_set_options() function when running with OpenSSL 1.0.0 breaks the SSL/TLS support completely.
To work around this problem, use another way to detect the currently running OpenSSL version. For example, it is possible to obtain a list of enabled ciphers with the SSL_get_ciphers() function and search a TLS 1.2 cipher by parsing the list using the SSL_CIPHER_description() function. This indicates an application that runs with the OpenSSL version later than 1.0.0 because TLS 1.2 support is present since version 1.0.1. (BZ#1497859)

Chapter 14. Storage

LVM snapshots sometimes cause system hang

The system sometimes becomes unresponsive when using LVM snapshots and when file system blocks are not aligned on snapshot chunk boundaries. This is caused by a complex interaction between Device Mapper snapshots and per-process bio queuing, which might lead to a cyclic dependency and deadlock.
If you are affected by this problem, please upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, which fixes the deadlock. The fix is too invasive to be included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 at this production phase. (BZ#1073220)

Chapter 15. System and Subscription Management

python-rhsm-debuginfo installed causes an upgrade failure

When the user tries to upgrade to RHEL 6.10 while having the python-rhsm-debuginfo package installed, a transaction check error occurs due to a conflict with the subscription-manager-debuginfo package. As a consequence, the system upgrade fails, as well as an attempt to install or update subscription-manager-debuginfo. To work around this problem, uninstall the conflicting package by running yum remove python-rhsm-debuginfo before upgrading the system or before installing or updating subscription-manager-debuginfo. (BZ#1581359)

Appendix A. Component Versions

This appendix provides a list of key components and their versions in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 release.

Table A.1. Component Versions

QLogic qla2xxx driver
QLogic ql2xxx firmware
Emulex lpfc driver
iSCSI initiator utils (iscsi-initiator-utils)
DM-Multipath (device-mapper-multipath)
LVM (lvm2)

Appendix B. Revision History

Revision History
Revision 0.0-6Wed Aug 22 2018Lenka Špačková
Added a known issue related to GRUB Legacy (Installation and Booting).
Revision 0.0-5Tue Jul 31 2018Lenka Špačková
Added a note regarding a change in behavior of the reposync command to New Features (System and Subscription Management).
Revision 0.0-4Tue Jun 19 2018Lenka Špačková
Release of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Release Notes.
Revision 0.0-0Wed Apr 25 2018Lenka Špačková
Release of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Beta Release Notes.

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