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VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 Update 3b Express Patch Release (2091017)

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Release date: October 01, 2014

Build: 2170782

This patch updates Bash libraries in VMware vCenter Server Appliance to resolve multiple critical security issues, also referred to as Shellshock. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the identifiers CVE-2014-6271CVE-2014-7169CVE-2014-7186, and CVE-2014-7187 to these issues.


VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0.Update 3b resolves the Bash shell vulnerability.

To update vCenter Server Appliance, use one of the following options. 

  1. Using an ISO file (VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance- that the appliance reads from the virtual CD-ROM drive. For update instructions, see Update the VMware vCenter Server Appliance from the CD-ROM Drive.
  2. Using a local repository to update from a zipped update bundle ( For update instructions, see Update the VMware vCenter Server Appliance from a Zipped Update Bundle.
  3. Update using a public repository on the Web site. For update instructions, see Update the VMware vCenter Server Appliance from a Repository.


  • Applications installed on Windows are not affected. 
  • Applications installed on a Linux operating system that is not part of a virtual appliance might be at risk. Contact the vendor of your Linux-based operating system for advice and patches.

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