New ESX 3.5 patches for June released

VMware released 7 patches for ESX 3.5 including:

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906401-BG : Updates vmkctl and vmkernel RPMs

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

  • When you power on virtual machines on ESX 3.5 hosts, many inactive VMFS volumes are opened in addition to the VMFS volume containing the virtual machine disk files. This might cause the virtual machines to take more time to boot. In a cluster environment, this issue might also cause VMotion operations to timeout on the destination host. This fix ensures that only the VMFS volumes on which the virtual machines reside are opened.
  • While performing a host rescan on ESXi, the host and virtual machines might stop responding till the end of the rescan operation. During this time, connections to virtual machines are lost, including SSH, client connections, and communication to other clustered storage modules. The virtual machines start responding after the rescan operation is completed.
  • Excessive cold migration of virtual machines between ESX hosts might cause ESX hosts to be disconnected from vCenter Server due to a memory leak on the host agent (hostd).
  • Critical update. Host reboot required.

    VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906402-BG: Updates NetXen Driver

    This patch fixes a NetXen driver issue where the ESX 3.5 host or a virtual machine might lose network connectivity or become unstable when using a NetXen NX2031 device.

    Critical Update. Host reboot required.

    VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906403-BG: Updates Kernel Source and kernel-vmnix RPMs

    This patch upgrades kernel-source and kernel-vmnix to support the bnx2x and NetXen software driver updates, which fix the following issues:

  • When virtual machines are run with older versions of VMware Tools (ESX 3.0.x) on ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 hosts containing bnx2x NICs, the virtual machines might experience a network outage…
    To work around this issue, upgrade the version of VMware Tools in the virtual machines.
  • A NetXen driver issue where the ESX 3.5 host or a virtual machine might lose network connectivity or become unstable when using a NetXen NX2031 device.
  • General Patch. Host reboot required.

    VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906405-BG: Updates bnx2x Driver for Broadcom

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

  • On Dell PowerEdgeServers 11G installed with ESX 3.5, BCM57710 Mezzanine cards might lose network connectivity to the network switch.
  • When virtual machines are run with older versions of VMware Tools (ESX 3.0.x) on ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 hosts containing bnx2x NICs, the virtual machines might experience a network outage…

    To work around this issue, upgrade the version of VMware Tools in the virtual machines.

  • Critical Patch. Host reboot required.

    VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906406-BG:Updates VMware Tools

    This patch adds prebuilt modules for Ubuntu 9.04 and fixes the following issue:
    When diskinfo query is run, VMware Tools installed on Solaris 10.x virtual machines reports incorrect virtual disk size information. Also, some Linux virtual machines do not report correct logical volume manager (LVM) partitions.

    General Update. No host reboot is required.

    VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906407-BG: Updates krb5-libs and pam_krb5

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

  • Service Console package krb5 has been updated to version krb5-1.2.7-70. This fixes a input validation flaw that was found in the ASN.1 (Abstract Syntax Notation One) decoder used by MIT Kerberos. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project has assigned the name CVE-2009-0846 to this issue.
  • The pam_krb5 package is upgraded to pam_krb5-1.81-1. This fixes an issue where a user authentication failure occurs under certain circumstances.
    For details on this issue, refer to the Red Hat advisory at https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2008-0813.html.
  • Security Update. Host Reboot is required.

    VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906408-BG: Updates VMX RPM

    This patch fixes an issue where virtual machines that use the Virtual Machine Interface (VMI) might stop responding.

    Critical Update. No host reboot is required.

    Patches are available on the downloads page.
    One of the locations that VMware lists updates is on the VMware Knowledge Base Blog.

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