[CentOS] glibc-2.5-58.el5_6.2.i686 broken?

Tue Apr 19 00:21:38 UTC 2011
fred smith <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us>

On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 07:07:04PM -0500, Ron Blizzard wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 4:16 PM, Tom Sorensen <tsorensen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > There is a known issue with one of the security updates on that
> > version of glibc.
> >
> > That said, it's still *highly* recommended that you update. There are
> > four CVEs closed by this glibc update, one of which is potentially a
> > remote privilege escalation (and that one is NOT the one that is
> > causing the issue).
> >
> > If, for some reason, you cannot update then you should seriously
> > consider whether or not those systems can connect to the Internet, or
> > if you should get the glibc from Scientific Linux that has the 3
> > patches that do not cause an issue in the meantime.
> For clarification, this bug is only known to be affecting Evolution
> and Gnome-Panel, correct? If so, for most servers, the update should
> not be a concern. I've updated four desktops -- the two with Intel
> video chips are not affected at all. The two with nVidia chipsets and
> proprietary nVidia drivers *are* affected. Since I don't use
> Evolution, the "work-around" for me is to issue the "pkill
> gnome-panel" command. Usually doing this once will fix it, but
> sometimes it requires a couple shots.
> I dual-boot into Linux Mint 10 (so I can remotely support my father
> who uses Linux Mint -- I need to be able to replicate his errors when
> he has them). It has a very similar issue, except, in its case, both
> Nautilus and Gnome-Panel do not come up. I have to go to a tty
> terminal and issue the "pkill nautilus" and "pkill gnome-panel"
> commands. I didn't have this problem *until* I updated the video
> driver to nVidia's proprietary one. So, again, it appears it might
> have something to do with the nVidia's driver.
> At any rate, there are work-arounds -- for those who use Evolution,
> the SL update is probably the best. I'm kind of surprised that Red Hat
> has not issued a fix yet.

What works for me is, after I log in and find the panels are empty,
do CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE then log in again and the panels are working.
A fairly low-pain workaround.

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