ESX 2.5.5 patch 12 Build 142708 updates service console package ed
VMware ESX 2.5.5 before patch 12
Extended support for ESX 2.5.5 ends on 2010-06-15. Users should plan to upgrade to ESX 3.0.3
a. Updated ESX patch updates Service Console package "ed"
If the VMDK delta disk of a snapshot is corrupt, an ESX host might crash when the corrupted disk is loaded. VMDK delta files exist for virtual machines with one or more snapshots. This change ensures that a corrupt VMDK delta file cannot be used to crash ESX hosts.
"ed" is a line-oriented text editor, used to create, display, and modify text files (both interactively and via shell scripts).
A heap-based buffer overflow was discovered in the way "ed", the GNU line editor, processed long file names. An attacker could create a file with a specially-crafted name that could possibly execute an arbitrary code when opened in the "ed" editor.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-3916 to this issue.
The following table lists what action remediates the vulnerability (column 4) if a solution is available.
* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the md5sum of your downloaded file.
ESX 2.5.5 Upgrade Patch 12 Build 142709
2009-02-20 VMSA-2009-0003 Initial security advisory after release of patch 12 for ESX 2.5.5 on 2009-02-20.
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