VMware ESX Server 3.0.3, ESX303-200808403-SG: VCB Fails Due to Disk Lease Timeout; Enabling Root Password Expiry; VirtualCenter 2.5 Displays an Error When a Virtual Machine is Powered on; Third Party Library libpng Updated to 1.2.29 (1006034)
Summaries and Symptoms
During snapshot or backup procedures, VMware Consolidated Backup periodically requests ESX Server host of disk lease extension, which might be delayed due to network conditions and the increased load on VMware VirtualCenter. This fix increases the disk lease timeout on ESX Server host and VirtualCenter.
Symptoms: VCB backup fails with an error message:
- Previously, the root password expiry information was not preserved across hostd restarts. A new tag called rootPasswdExpiration is added to the /etc/vmware/hostd/config.xml file. If this rootPasswdExpiration tag is set to true , then the number of days to expiry will be preserved across hostd restarts.
VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 displays an error message when a virtual machine is powered on with a passthrough attached SCSI Tape device.
Several flaws were discovered in the way third party library libpng handled various PNG image chunks. An attacker could create a carefully crafted PNG image file in such a way that it causes an application linked with libpng to crash when the file is manipulated. T he Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2007-5269 to the security issue fixed in this update.
To address the libpng issue , install ESX303-200808404-SG.
Patch Download and Installation
See the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide for instructions on using VMware Update Manager to download and install patches to automatically update ESX Server 3.0.3 hosts.
To update ESX Server 3.0.3 hosts when not using VMware Update Manager, download the most recent patch bundle from http://support.vmware.com/selfsupport/download/ and install the bundle using esxupdate from the command line of the host. For more information, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide .