This bug has been copied from bug #675258 and has been proposed
to be backported to 5.6 z-stream (EUS).
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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Booting a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 or later kernel failed (the system became unresponsive) due to the zeroing out of extra bytes of memory of the reset vector. The reset vector is comprised of two 16-bit registers (high and low). Instead of zeroing out 32-bits, the kernel was zeroing out 64-bits. On some machines this overwritten memory was used during the boot process, resulting in a hang. With this update, the long data type has been changed to the unsigned 32-bit data type; thus, resolving the issue. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 and later kernel now boot as expected on the machines affected by this bug.