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ESX Server 3.0.2, Patch ESX-1002969: Security Update to the OpenSSL Package (1002969)


Release Date: 01/02/08
Document Last Updated: 01/02/08

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md5sum: 72fd28a9f9380158db149259fbdcaa3b

Product Versions ESX Server 3.0.2
Patch Classification Security
Supersedes None
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required Yes
ESX Server Host Reboot Required Yes
PRs Fixed 201645
Affected Hardware N/A
Affected Software Unknown
RPMs Included openssl-0.9.7a-33.24
Related CVE numbers CVE-2007-3108, CVE-2007-5135


This patch provides updates to the OpenSSL package distributed with the service console for ESX Server 3.0.1. The patch addresses the following security issues:

  • A flaw in the SSL_get_shared_ciphers() function can allow an attacker to cause a buffer overflow problem by sending ciphers to applications that use the function.
  • A possible vulnerability that can allow a local attacker to obtain private RSA keys being used on a system using the OpenSSL package.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the names CVE-2007-3108 and CVE-2007-5135 to these issues.

Note: These issues only affect the service console network, and are not remote vulnerabilities for ESX Server hosts that have been set up with the security best practices provided by VMware. See for more information on security best practices.



There are no symptoms for this security issue.

Deployment Considerations


Download Instructions

Download and verify the patch bundle as follows:

1. Download patch ESX-1002969 from .

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-1002969.tgz

The md5 checksum output should match the following:

72fd28a9f9380158db149259fbdcaa3b ESX-1002969.tgz

7. Extract the compressed tar archive:

# tar -xvzf ESX-1002969.tgz

8. Change to the newly created directory, /var/updates/ESX-1002969:

# cd ESX-1002969

Installation Instructions

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.

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-1002969 update

For example, if the host is called depot:

# esxupdate -r file:///depot/var/updates/ESX-1002969 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-1002969 update

For more information how to use esxupdate, see the Patch Management for ESX Server 3 tech note at .



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