An updated python-dmidecode package that fixes a bug is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Extended Update Support.
The python-dmidecode package provides a Python extension module that uses the code-base of the dmidecode utility and presents the data as Python data structures or as XML data using the libxml2 library.
Previously, certain DMI (Direct Media Interface) tables did not report CPU information as a string and returned the NULL value instead. Consequently, Python terminated unexpectedly with a segmentation fault when trying to identify the CPU type by performing a string comparison. With this update, additional checks for NULL values, performed prior the string comparison, have been added to the code, thus fixing this bug.
All users of python-dmidecode are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which fixes this bug.