Target audience for this Alert: all SAP installations with DBMS Oracle, operating system AIX and one of the following AIX levels:
(use the command oslevel -s to see the exact version level)
These AIX service packs contain a bug that has led to several cases of database corruption. Both Oracle 11 and 12 are affected; the installed SAP Bundle Patch (SBP) has no relevance for this issue. The corruption can damage both data files and redo logs; it manifests itself as ORA-00600 and ORA-07445 errors. Core dumps of Oracle processes may also occur.
The problem is solved in the next higher AIX level (184.108.40.206 / 220.127.116.11 / 18.104.22.168 / 22.214.171.124 / 126.96.36.199), but IBM also makes available an interim fix (iFix) for the five versions affected.
Instructions for fixing this potentially serious issue are in SAP note 2449067.
A reboot of the server will always be required.
Key SAP Notes:
Database Corruption ORA-600 ORA-7445 errors after applying AIX SP patches - AIX 188.8.131.52 or AIX 184.108.40.206 or AIX 220.127.116.11 or AIX 18.104.22.168 or AIX 22.214.171.124
Other information sources:
- IBM document: HIPER (Doc Number=5279): High Impact / Highly Pervasive APAR IV93840
(referenced in the SAP note)