xslt time out in SharePoint 2010: System.StackOverflowException: Operation caused a stack overflow

We have a dataview webpart created by SharePoint designer, and the web part intermittently throws the following error:

“Unable to display this Web Part. To troubleshoot the problem, open this Web page in a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible HTML editor such as Microsoft SharePoint Designer. If the problem persists, contact your Web server administrator”

If you look into SharePoint logs you will find the following Exception:

Error while executing web part: System.StackOverflowException: Operation caused a stack overflow.
at Microsoft.Xslt.NativeMethod.CheckForSufficientStack()
at SyncToNavigator(XPathNavigator , XPathNavigator )
at (XmlQueryRuntime , IList`1 , Double , XPathNavigator )
at (XmlQueryRuntime , XPathNavigator )
at Root(XmlQueryRuntime )
at System.Xml.Xsl.XmlILCommand.Execute(Object defaultDocument, XmlResolver dataSources, XsltArgumentList argumentList, XmlWriter writer, Boolean closeWriter)
at System.Xml.Xsl.XmlILCommand.Execute(IXPathNavigable contextDocument, XmlResolver dataSources, XsltArgumentList argumentList, XmlWriter results)
at System.Xml.Xsl.XslCompiledTransform.Transform(IXPathNavigable input, XsltArgumentList arguments, XmlWriter results)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.DataFormWebPart.ExecuteTransform(XslCompiledTransform xslCompiledTransform, XsltArgumentList xmlArguments, Boolean bDeferExecuteTransform)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.DataFormWebPart.PrepareAndPerformTransform(Boolean bDeferExecuteTransform)

Microsoft has a KB article describing this problem

the reason for this problem was because the timeout value for XSL Tranform is set to 1. anything longer than 1 second will cause this error.

The solution is available after 2012 FEB CU using the following PowerShell Commands:

$farm = Get-SPFarm
$farm.XsltTransformTimeOut = 5


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