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VMware ESX third party update for Service Console kernel

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2010-0017.1
Synopsis: VMware ESX third party update for Service Console kernel
Issue date: 2010-11-29
Updated on: 2011-01-04
CVE numbers: CVE-2010-3081
1. Summary
ESX Service Console OS (COS) kernel update.
2. Relevant releases
VMware ESX 4.1 without patch ESX410-201011402-SG
VMware ESX 4.0 without patch ESX400-201101401-SG
3. Problem Description
a. Service Console OS update for COS kernel packag
This patch updates the Service Console kernel to fix a stack pointer underflow issue in the 32-bit compatibility layer.

Exploitation of this issue could allow a local user to gain additional privileges.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the name CVE-2010-3081 to this issue.

Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.
Replace with/
Apply Patch
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201011402-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201101401-SG **
ESX 3.x ESX not applicable

* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Fusion.
** ESX 4.0 patch ESX400-201101401-SG also addresses the issues identified by CVE-2010-0415, CVE-2010-0307, CVE-2010-0291, CVE-2010-0622, CVE-2010-1087, CVE-2010-1437, and CVE-2010-1088. These issues have been addressed for ESX 4.1 in an earlier ESX 4.1 patch release, see VMSA-2010-0016.1 for details.
4. Solution
Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the md5sum of your downloaded file.

ESX 4.1
Download link:
md5sum: e73fd3302529c1d85d9cc47457dfb963
sha1sum: c0e0eac907c04105791ac44e288e7d8076dc14e0

ESX410-201011001 contains the following security bulletins:
ESX410-201011402-SG (COS kernel) |

ESX410-201011001 also contains the following non-security bulletins

To install an individual bulletin use esxupdate with the -b option.

ESX 4.0
Download link:
md5sum: f1d522b380692e0845eb0dda480ab890
sha1sum: 906989af3ddacc41321d685c4afe0d740856f9d5

ESX400-201101001 contains the following security bulletins:
ESX400-201101401-SG (COS kernel) |
ESX400-201101405-SG (glibc) |
ESX400-201101404-SG (sudo) |
ESX400-201101402-SG (openldap) |

ESX400-201101405-SG, ESX400-201101404-SG and ESX400-201101402-SG
are documented in VMSA-2011-0001.

To install an individual bulletin use esxupdate with the -b option.
6. Change log
2010-11-29 VMSA-2010-0017
Initial security advisory after release of patches for ESX 4.1
on 2010-11-29
2011-01-04 VMSA-2010-0017.1
Updated security advisory in conjunction with the release of patches
for ESX 4.0 on 2011-01-04
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