ESX Server 3.0.2, Patch ESX-1008420: Update to VMware-esx-tools RPM (1008420)
This patch fixes the following issues:
- Denial of service vulnerability that could be triggered in a guest operating system by an unprivileged, locally logged-on user to the virtual machine.
Virtual machines are affected under the following conditions:
- The virtual machine is running a Windows operating system.
- The VMware Descheduled Time Accounting driver is installed in the virtual machine. Note that this is an optional (non-default) part of the VMware Tools installation.
- The VMware Descheduled Time Accounting Service is not running in the virtual machine.
- After you install 32-bit Ubuntu 7.04 virtual machines or later versions, 2355.842517] <unknown>: hw csum failure error message is displayed in the console.
- If a Windows virtual machine containing VMware Tools installed from ESX Server 3.0.2 is powered on or migrated to an ESX Server 3.0.3 or ESX Server 3.5 host, the destination host might fail. The issue occurs due to the vmxnet driver shipped with VMware Tools installed from ESX Server 3.0.2. This fix upgrades the VMware Tools for ESX Server 3.0.2 to the latest version. After applying this fix, Windows virtual machines installed with VMware Tools from an ESX Server 3.0.2 host might be safely migrated to or powered on from an ESX Server 3.0.3 or ESX Server 3.5 host.
Download and verify the patch bundle as follows:
- Download patch ESX-1008420 from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/vi3_patches.html.
- Log in to the ESX Server service console as root.
- Create a local depot directory.
# mkdir -p /var/updates
Note: VMware recommends that you use the updates directory.
- Change your working directory to /var/updates.
# cd /var/updates
- Download the tar file into the /var/updates directory.
- Verify the integrity of the downloaded tar file:
# md5sum ESX-1008420.tgz
The md5 checksum output should match the following:
- Extract the compressed tar archive:
# tar -xvzf ESX-1008420.tgz
- Change to the newly created directory, /var/updates/ESX-1008420:
# cd ESX-1008420
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-1008420 update
For example, if the host is called depot:
# esxupdate -r file:///depot/var/updates/ESX-1008420 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 -r file://<directory>/ESX-1008420 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.