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1.  What's New in the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Release

Installation Enhancements

Oracle Solaris Auto Registration

SPARC: Support for ITU Construction Tools on SPARC Platforms

Oracle Solaris Upgrade Enhancement for Oracle Solaris Zone- Cluster Nodes

Virtualization Enhancements for Oracle Solaris Zones

Migrating a Physical Oracle Solaris 10 System Into a Zone

Host ID Emulation

Updating Packages by Using the New zoneadm attach -U Option

Virtualization Enhancements for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Memory Dynamic Reconfiguration Capability

Virtual Disk Multipathing Enhancements

Static Direct I/O

Virtual Domain Information Command and API

System Administration Enhancements

Oracle Solaris ZFS Features and Enhancements

Fast Crash Dump

x86: Support for the IA32_ENERGY_PERF_BIAS MSR

Support for Multiple Disk Sector Size

iSCSI Initiator Tunables

Sparse File Support in the cpio Command

x86: 64-Bit libc String Functions Improvements With SSE

Automated Rebuilding of sendmail Configuration Files

Automatic Boot Archive Recovery

Security Enhancements

net_access Privilege

x86: Intel AES-NI Optimization

Language Support Enhancements

New Oracle Solaris Unicode Locales

Device Management Enhancements

iSER Initiator

New Hot-Plugging Features

AAC RAID Power Management

Driver Enhancements

x86: HP Smart Array HBA Driver

x86: Support for Broadcom NetXtreme II 10 Gigabit Ethernet NIC Driver

x86: New SATA HBA Driver, bcm_sata, for Broadcom HT1000 SATA Controllers

Support for SATA/AHCI Port Multiplier

Support for Netlogic NLP2020 PHY in the nxge Driver

Freeware Enhancements

GNU TAR Version 1.23

Firefox 3.5

Thunderbird 3

Less Version 436

Networking Enhancements

BIND 9.6.1 for the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

GLDv3 Driver APIs

IPoIB Connected Mode

Open Fabrics User Verbs Primary Kernel Components

InfiniBand Infrastructure Enhancements

X11 Windowing Enhancements

Support for the setxkbmap Command

New Chipset Support

ixgbe Driver to Integrate Intel Shared Code Version 3.1.9

Broadcom Support to bge Networking Driver

x86: Fully Buffered DIMM Idle Power Enhancement

Fault Management Architecture Enhancements

FMA Support for AMD's Istanbul Based Systems

Oracle Solaris FMA Enhancement

Diagnostic Tools Enhancements

Sun Validation Test Suite 7.0ps9

Enhancements to the mdb Command to Improve the Debugging Capability of kmem and libumem

Security Enhancements

The following security enhancements have been added to the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 release.

net_access Privilege

The net_access privilege has been added to the basic privilege set. This privilege enables processes to create a network endpoint. By denying this privilege, an administrator can restrict network access and interprocess communication (IPC).

For more information, see the privileges(5) man page.

x86: Intel AES-NI Optimization

The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a widely used encryption standard adopted by the U.S. government in 2001. Intel accelerated the AES cryptographic algorithm by introducing the AES New Instructions (AES-NI) into its instruction set beginning with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. These six new instructions offer a significant increase in performance on AES. For example, AES-NI significantly reduces CPU overhead when a system is using IPsec. Preliminary testing on Oracle Solaris systems shows that when IPsec is enabled, there is approximately a 50 percent decrease in CPU utilization in a system based on Intel Xeon processor 5600 series as compared to a similar system based on the previous generation Intel Xeon processor 5500 series.

The AES-NI instructions are automatically detected and used by the Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework, which provides seamless services to the end user through the industry-standard PCKS#11 API, command–line interfaces (CLIs), and kernel modules.

For more information about the instruction set, see Intel Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Instruction Set (2010) by Shay Gueron.