An updated rsync package that fixes a bug is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The rsync tool is used to copy and synchronize files locally or across a network. The rsync works very fast because it uses delta encoding and sends just differences in files instead of whole files. The rsync is also used as powerful mirroring tool.
Previously, the rsync tool did not check whether the inbuf variable is non-empty. As a consequence, rsync terminated unexpectedly while trying to do the required encoding in a loop. With this update, rsync checks whether inbuf is non-empty and no longer crashes in the described scenario.
Users of rsync are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix this bug.