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Updated ypserv packages that fix four bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The ypserv packages provide the Network Information Service (NIS) server. NIS is a system that provides network information such as login names, passwords, home directories, and group information to all the machines on a network.
- Prior to this update, the NIS server was returning "0" (YP_FALSE) instead of "-1" (YP_NOMAP) after a request for a database not present in the server's domain. This behavior caused the autofs mount attempts to fail on Solaris clients. With this update, the return value has been fixed and the autofs mounts no longer fail on Solaris clients.
- Previously, when the crypt() function returned NULL, the yppasswd utility did not properly recognize the return value. This bug has been fixed, and the NULL return values of crypt() are now recognized and reported correctly by yppaswd.
- Previously, the ypserv utility allocated large amounts of virtual memory when parsing XDR requests, but failed to free that memory in case the request was not parsed successfully. Consequently, memory leaks occurred. With this update, a patch has been provided to free the already allocated memory when parsing of a request fails. As a result, the memory leaks no longer occur.
- Previously, the yppush(8) man page did not describe how to change settings of the yppush utility. The manual page has been amended to specify that the settings can be changed in the /var/yp/Makefile file.
All users of ypserv are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs.