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VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi-5.0.0-20120704001-standard (2019113)

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Release date: July 12, 2012

Profile Name
VMware, Inc.
Release Date
July 12, 2012
Acceptance Level
Affected Hardware
Affected Software
Affected VIBs
  • VMware:esx-base:5.0.0-1.18.768111
  • VMware:tools-light:5.0.0-1.18.768111
  • VMware:scsi-mptsas:
  • VMware:misc-drivers:5.0.0-1.18.768111
  • VMware:net-e1000:
  • PRs Fixed
    830291, 831801, 835040, 836632, 838922, 838946, 842743, 843922, 847128, 848382, 853333, 855177, 855196, 862428, 863115, 866810, 751508, 820150, 820155, 817627, 842721, 859836
    Related CVE numbers

    For information on patch and update classification, see Patch and Update classification schemes for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.x and ESXi 5.0.x (2014447).


    Summaries and Symptoms

    This patch resolves these issues:

    • PR 830291: An attempt to delete a file from a directory with more than 468 files or to delete the directory itself might fail, and the ESXi host might erroneously report that the VMFS is corrupted. The ESXi host logs error messages similar to the following to the /var/log/vmkernel.log file:

      cpu10:18599)WARNING: Fil3: 10970: newLength 155260 but zla 2
      cpu10:18599)Fil3: 7054: Corrupt file length 155260, on FD <70, 93>, not truncating

    • PR 831801: The default value of FIN_WAIT_2 timer was erroneosly set to TCPTV_KEEPINTVL * TCP_KEEPCNT = 75* 0x400. This discrepancy results in the socket at FIN_WAIT_2 state to exist for a much longer time and if multiple such sockets are accumulated, they might impact new socket creation.

    • PR 835040: An ESXi host might not respond or get disconnected due to the esx.conf file being locked. This might happen because when updating the ESX configuration (esx.conf configuration file) a lock file /etc/vmware/esx.conf.LOCK is created and it is linked to the process attempting to lock the file. If the link (known as a symlink) is not valid then it prevents the esx.conf from being unlocked.

    • PR 836632: An ESXi host might not get added to Active Directory when DNS domain suffix differs from the Active Directory Domain Name suffix.

    • PR 838922: An ESXi host might not restart UDP logging after a temporary interruption that might be caused by target server reboot or network UDP package being lost.

    • PR 838946: During the installation of Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 64-bits virtual machine, the virtual machine displays a black screen with a loading icon and stops responding during the start-up process.

      Note: If using Windows Consumer Preview version, after you promote a Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 64-bits virtual machine as a domain controller, rebooting the virtual machine causes the virtual machine to stop responding and display a black screen during the start-up process.

    • PR 842743: A host profile with non-default advanced Syslog settings might fail to apply for a stateless host.

    • PR 843922: If a virtual machine has a serial device that has been configured to send or receive via Virtual Serial Port Concentrator(vSPC) and if the vSPC is not running or unreachable then vmotion might fail with the following error:

      The serial port concentrator did not acknowledge the migration within the allowed time limit. Module Migrate power on failed.

      The default time to detect vSPC connectivity failure might be as high as two hours. This patch adds configuration variables that allow you to alter time taken for detection of vSPC connectivity failure. To set the minimum time taken to detect vSPC connectivity failure:

      1. Power off the virtual machine.
      2. Access the ESX service console using an SSH client.
      3. Identify the datastore for the virtual machine that you need to set the VMX configurable options and open the virtual machine configuration file (.vmx) using vi editor. For further instructions on editing .vmx files, see Tips for editing a .vmx file (1714).
      4. Locate your VSPC serial device, such as serial0 and add the configuration elements keepIdle and vmotionLimit by adding these lines to serial0 lines in .vmx configuration file:

        serial0.keepIdle = 5
        serial0.vmotionLimit = 25000

        serial0 is an example of vSPC virtual device
        keepIdle value is 5 seconds
        vmotionLimit value is 25000 milliseconds

      5. Save the .vmx configuration file.
      6. Power on the virtual machine.

    • PR 847128: Health Status of an ESXi host might fail to indicate when the sfcbd process stalls as the Heartbeat-Provider becomes unresponsive due to memory leaks.

    • PR 848382: An ESXi host might become unresponsive with a purple diagnostic screen (PSOD) that displays messages similar to the following if any changes are made to BufferCache.HardMaxDirty.

      2012-02-28T05:30:36.202Z cpu2:4993)@BlueScreen: NOT_REACHED bora/vmkernel/filesystems/caches/bufferCache.c:5817
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.202Z cpu2:4993)Code start: 0x418018800000 VMK uptime: 0:00:40:32.172
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.204Z cpu2:4993)0x41220e047d18: [0x41801886cd2a]Panic@vmkernel#nover+0xa9 stack: 0x41220e047d50
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.206Z cpu2:4993)0x41220e047d48: [0x418018a63020]BC_UpdateConfig@vmkernel#nover+0x307 stack: 0x0
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.208Z cpu2:4993)0x41220e047d78: [0x418018820771]ConfigWriteIntegerInternal@vmkernel#nover+0x90 stack: 0x41220e047dc8
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.210Z cpu2:4993)0x41220e047dc8: [0x41801882086e]Config_SysInfoSetInt@vmkernel#nover+0x8d stack: 0x41000e713420
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.212Z cpu2:4993)0x41220e047e58: [0x418018b53084]VSI_SetInfo@vmkernel#nover+0x17b stack: 0x410001e710c0
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.214Z cpu2:4993)0x41220e047ee8: [0x4180189ba32e]UWVMKSyscallUnpackVSI_Set@vmkernel#nover+0x1cd stack: 0x183a70a4
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.216Z cpu2:4993)0x41220e047f18: [0x41801898e755]User_UWVMKSyscallHandler@vmkernel#nover+0xa0 stack: 0x4e5b7a48
      2012-02-28T05:30:36.218Z cpu2:4993)0x41220e047f28: [0x4180188f1047]gate_entry@vmkernel#nover+0x46 stack: 0x0

    • PR 853333: Virtual machines fail to autostart on ESXi 5.0 U1 host assigned with free Hypervisor license. This message is logged in the hostd logs:

      Throw vim.fault.RestrictedVersion

    • PR 855177: If you configure the loghost of syslogd incorrectly via esxcli or edit the /etc/vmsyslog.conf file directly followed by syslog reload, syslogd might terminate abruptly. You might notice these symptoms with this issue:
      • Unable to record Syslog
      • Unable to run vmsyslogd process
      • Unable to run some esxcli commands
        For example: esxcli software vib list Got no data from process /usr/lib/vmware/esxcli-software vib.list
      • Unable to upgrade ESXi.

    • PR 855196: When using CIM intrinsic and extrinsic methods, the response from CIM provider takes much longer time than when compared with executing the same operation on ESXi 5.0.0.

    • PR 862428: A CIM client might time out on enumerating VMware_HHRCWrapperSoftwareIdentity in large RAID configurations as the enumeration fails due to the long time it takes for provider initialization.

    • PR 863115: Under certain circumstances Logical Unit(LU) on storage controllers claimed by VMW_SATP_LSI plugin might not respond to the plugin issued path evaluation commands within the plugin timeout period of 5 seconds. When two or more vSphere hosts share access to these affected LUs, they might result in path thrashing. This issue is more likely to be seen with storage controllers using the iSCSI protocol.

      Note: Before installing this patch, consult your storage vendor to determine the guest operating system I/O timeout value.

    • PR 866810: On Dvportgroup, a promiscuous port might not work in promiscuous mode if the DVMirror sessions are reconfigured.

    • PR 751508: Windows Vista and later versions of Windows do not recommend allowing services to be interactive; however, VMware Tools Service is installed as an interactive service. This causes Windows Vista and later versions of Windows to log the following error to Event Logs after installation of VMware Tools:

      The VMware Tools Service service is marked as an interactive service. However, the system is configured to not allow interactive services. This service may not function properly.

    • PR 820150: This fix includes an update for VMware Tools to add pre-built modules (PBMs) for SLE 11 SP2.

    • PR 820155: This fix includes an update for VMware Tools to add pre-built modules (PBMs) for Ubuntu 10.04.4.

    • PR 817627: This fix updates the scsi-mptsas VIB to resolve an issue where the mptsas driver fails to discover dead paths when the storage controller comes back online. This issue is specifically seen with NetApp's E2600 SAS storage with firmware version

    • PR 842721: This fix updates the misc-drivers VIB to resolve an issue where you might rarely encounter a data corruption with Emulex FC driver (SLI rev 3) when it interacts with addresses crossing 4G DMA boundary.

    • PR 859836: This fix updates the net-e1000 VIB to resolve an issue where the network might stall when using the e1000 driver in Linux with default sfq scheduler, as the packets get stuck in the e1000 transmit queue for a long time. This is due to a rarely occurring race condition which has been fixed in this patch.

    Deployment Considerations

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

    Patch Download and Installation

    An ESXi system can be updated using the image profile, by using the esxcli software profile command. For details, see the vSphere Command-Line Interface Concepts and Examples and the vSphere Upgrade Guide. For information about image profiles and how it applies to ESXi 5.0 hosts, see Image Profiles of ESXi 5.0 Hosts (2009231). ESXi hosts can also be updated by manually downloading the patch ZIP file from the VMware download page and installing the VIB by using the esxcli software vib command.

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