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VMware ESX Server 3.0.3, ESX303-200810503-SG: Security Updates to the ESX Server Service Console Packages for libxml2 (1006971)

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Release Date: 10/30/08
Document Last Updated: 10/30/08

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Product Versions ESX Server 3.0.3
Patch Classification Security
Supersedes N/A
Requires ESX303-200810506-BG
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required No
ESX Server Host Reboot Required No
PRs Fixed 319930
Affected Hardware N/A
Affected Software N/A
RPMs Included libxml2-2.5.10-13.i386.rpm, libxml2-python-2.5.10-13.i386.rpm
Related CVE numbers CVE-2008-3281 


Summaries and Symptoms

This patch updates the ESX Server service console packages for libxml2. The patch fixes the following security issue:

A denial of service flaw was found in the way libxml2 processes certain content. If an application that is linked against libxml2 processes malformed XML content, the XML content might cause the application to stop responding.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the name CVE-2008-3281 to this issue.  

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 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 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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