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VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906407-BG: Updates krb5-libs and pam_krb5 (1011801)


Release Date: June 30, 2009

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528 KB
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Product Versions ESX 3.5
Build 169697
Patch Classification Security
Supersedes ESX350-200805507-SG
Requires ESX350-200904402-SG
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required Yes
Host Reboot Required Yes
PRs Fixed 396127
Affected Hardware N/A
Affected Software N/A
RPMs Included krb5-libs and pam_krb5
Related CVE numbers CVE-2009-0846


Summaries and Symptoms

Issues fixed in this patch (and their relevant symptoms, if applicable) include:

  • Service Console package krb5 has been updated to version krb5-1.2.7-70. This fixes a input validation flaw that was found in the ASN.1 (Abstract Syntax Notation One) decoder used by MIT Kerberos. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project has assigned the name CVE-2009-0846 to this issue.
  • The pam_krb5 package is upgraded to pam_krb5-1.81-1. This fixes an issue where a user authentication failure occurs under certain circumstances.
    For details on this issue, refer to the Red Hat advisory at

Deployment Considerations

None beyond the required patch bundles and reboot information listed in the table, above.

Patch Download and Installation

See the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide for instructions on using Update Manager to download and install patches to automatically update ESX Server 3.5 hosts.

Note: All virtual machines on the host must be either shut down or migrated using VMotion before applying the patch. A reboot of the ESX Server host is required after applying this patch.

To update ESX Server 3.5 hosts when not using Update Manager, download the most recent patch bundle from and install the bundle using esxupdate from the command line of the host. For more information, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide.

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