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ESX Server 3.0.2, Patch ESX-1007674: Security Update to libxml2 in Service Console (1007674)

Details

Release Date: 01/30/09
Document Last Updated: 01/30/09
 

fb4b5e9a03dea5b9e24cc0766ddd2581

 
Product Versions
ESX Server 3.0.2
Patch Classification
Security 
Supersedes
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required
No 
ESX Server Host Reboot Required
No
PRs Fixed
350151
Affected Hardware
None
Affected Software
libxml2
RPMs Included
libxml2-2, libxml2-python
Related CVE numbers
CVE-2008-4226, CVE-2008-4225

Summary

This patch fixes the following issues:
  • An integer overflow flaw causing a heap-based buffer overflow was found in the libxml2 XML parser. If an application linked against libxml2 processes untrusted, malformed XML content, it might cause the application to stop responding. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-4226 to this issue.
  • A denial-of-service flaw was discovered in the libxml2 XML parser. If an application linked against libxml2 processes untrusted, malformed XML content, it might cause the application to enter an infinite loop. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-4225 to this issue.

Solution

Symptoms

None

Deployment Considerations

None 

Download Instructions

Download and verify the patch bundle as follows:

  1. Download patch ESX-1007674 from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/vi3_patches.html.

  2. Log in to the ESX Server service console as root.

  3. Create a local depot directory.

    # mkdir -p /var/updates

    Note: VMware recommends that you use the updates directory.

  4. Change your working directory to /var/updates.

    # cd /var/updates

  5. Download the tar file into the /var/updates directory.

  6. Verify the integrity of the downloaded tar file:

    # md5sum ESX-1007674.tgz

    The md5 checksum output should match the following:

    fb4b5e9a03dea5b9e24cc0766ddd2581 ESX-1007674.tgz

  7. Extract the compressed tar archive:

    # tar -xvzf ESX-1007674.tgz

  8. Change to the newly created directory, /var/updates/ESX-1007674:

    # cd ESX-1007674

Installation Instructions

After you download and extract the archive, and if you are in the directory that you previously created, use the following command to install the update:

# esxupdate update

To run esxupdate from a different directory, you must specify the bundle path in the command:

# esxupdate -r file://<directory>/ESX-1007674 update

For example, if the host is called depot:

# esxupdate -r file:///depot/var/updates/ESX-1007674 update

During the update process, logs appear on the terminal. You can specify the verbosity of esxupdate logs by using the -v option as shown, below.

# esxupdate -v 10 file://<directory>/ESX-1007674 update

For more information on how to use esxupdate, see the Patch Management for ESX Server 3 tech note at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_esxupdate.pdf.

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