So, I've took now the same route that Fedora did and reenabled the sunrpc code in glibc again and thus everything works as before. I encourage everybody that has packages that work with libtirpc to switch to it - and help changing apps and libtirpc itself as needed so that eventually we really can obsolete glibc's sunrpc code.
Today, the updated glibc has been submitted and checked into openSUSE's Factory distribution and thus will be in openSUSE 12.1.
The new glibc contains lots of bugfixes and also these changes (full list):
New Linux interfaces: clock_adjtime, name_to_handle_at, open_by_handle_at, syncfs, setns, sendmmsg
* New locales: os_RU, bem_ZA, en_ZA, ff_SN, sw_KE, sw_TZ, lb_LU, wae_CH, yue_HK, lij_IT, mhr_RU
* New encodings: CP770, CP771, CP772, CP773, CP774
* New program sotruss to trace calls through PLTs. Implemented by Ulrich Drepper.
* The malloc hook implementation is marked deprecated and will be removed from the default implementation in the next version. The design never worked ever since the introduction of threads. Even programs which do not create threads themselves can use multiple threads created internally.
After installing the newly build library on my own system I noticed that LibreOffice crashed and added a bandaid fix that my colleague Michael Matz developed already for glibc 2.11.2 which contained a backport of the buggy change. The submitted glibc contains this fix as well.