An endless loop situation in 10.2.0.1 version of oracle instant client may freeze all applications which make use of the oracle libraries.
See metalink Note:338461.1
There is a patch available as well as a new version of instantclient. (http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/tech/oci/instantclient/htdocs/linuxsoft.html)
Please provide an appropriate new ebuild file for this new instant client version.
Fixed in CVS, all packages bumped to 10.2.0.2.
checked and working. Thank you for the fast delivery.