An updated autofs package that fixes one bug is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The autofs utility controls the operation of the automount daemon. The automount daemon automatically mounts file systems when you use them, and unmounts them when they are not busy.
Prior to this update, an attempt to restart the autofs service while a mounted file system was in use caused the service to stop responding upon its startup. This was due to inappropriate locking during the recursive reconstruction of mount trees of pre-existing mounted multi-mount map entries. With this update, the underlying source code has been adapted to avoid the deadlock during the mount tree reconstruction, so that autofs now starts as expected. Additionally, this update prevents autofs from occasionally terminating with a segmentation fault upon a map entry lookup.
All users of autofs are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which fixes this bug.