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ESX 3.5 third party update for Service Console kernel

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2010-0010
Synopsis: ESX 3.5 third party update for Service Console kernel
Issue date: 2010-06-24
Updated on: 2010-06-24 (initial release of advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2008-5029 CVE-2008-5300 CVE-2009-1337
CVE-2009-1385 CVE-2009-1895 CVE-2009-2848
CVE-2009-3002 CVE-2009-3547 CVE-2009-2698
1. Summary

ESX 3.5 Console OS (COS) updates for COS package 'kernel'.
2. Relevant releases

VMware ESX 3.5 without patch ESX350-201006401-SG

Effective May 2010, VMware's patch and update release program during Extended Support will be continued with the condition that all subsequent patch and update releases will be based on the latest
baseline release version as of May 2010 (i.e. ESX 3.0.3 Update 1, ESX 3.5 Update 5, and VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6). Refer to section "End of Product Availability FAQs" at for details.

Extended support for ESX 3.0.3 ends on 2011-12-10. Users should plan to upgrade to at least ESX 3.5 and preferably to the newest release available.
3. Problem Description

The service console package kernel is updated to version 2.4.21-63.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the names CVE-2008-5029, CVE-2008-5300, CVE-2009-1337, CVE-2009-1385, CVE-2009-1895, CVE-2009-2848, CVE-2009-3002, and CVE-2009-3547 to the security issues fixed in kernel-2.4.21-63.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the names CVE-2009-2698, CVE-2009-2692 to the security issues fixed in kernel-2.4.21-60.

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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.0 ESX not applicable
ESX 3.5 ESX ESX350-201006401-SG
ESX 3.0.3 ESX affected, no update planned
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 not applicable

* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
4. Solution

Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the md5sum of your downloaded file.

ESX 3.5
md5sum: b89fb8a51c4a896bc0bf297b57645d1d
6. Change log

2010-06-24 VMSA-2010-0010 Initial security advisory after release of patches for ESX 3.5 on 2010-06-24
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