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VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-200906406-SG: Updates sudo (1011781)

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Release Date: July 9, 2009

Download Size:
396.3 MB
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Product Versions ESX 4.0
Build 175625
Also see KB 1012514.
Patch Classification Security
Host Reboot Required No
Virtual Machine Migration or Shutdown Required No
PRs Fixed 394959
Affected Hardware N/A
Affected Software Sudo versions 1.6.9p17 through 1.6.9p19
VIBs Included sudo
Related CVE numbers CVE-2009-0034


Summaries and Symptoms

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

  • Service Console package for sudo has been updated to version sudo-1.6.9p17-3. This fixes the following issue: Sudo versions 1.6.9p17 through 1.6.9p19 do not properly interpret a system group in the sudoers file during authorization decisions for a user who belongs to that group, which might allow local users to leverage an applicable sudoers file and gain root privileges by using a sudo command. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project ( has assigned the name CVE-2009-0034 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 vCenter Update Manager Administration Guide for instructions on using Update Manager to download and install patches to automatically update ESX 4.0 hosts.

To update ESX 4.0 hosts when not using Update Manager, download the patch zip file from and install the bulletin using esxupdate from the command line of the host. For more information, see the ESX 4 Patch Management Guide.

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