8 New ESX(i) 4.0 Patches Released; 7 Critical

September 25th, 2009 by jason Leave a reply »

Eight new patches have been released for ESX(i) 4.0 (6 for ESX, 2 for ESXi).  Previous versions of ESX(i) are not impacted.

7 of the 8 patches are rated critical and should be evaluated quickly for application in your virtual infrastructure.

ID: ESX400-200909401-BG Impact: Critical Release date: 2009-09-24 Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates vmx and vmkernel64
This patch fixes some key issues such as:
* Guest operating system shows high memory usage on Nehalem based systems, which might trigger memory alarms in vCenter.
* monitor or vmkernel fails when running certain guest operating systems with a 32-bit monitor running in binary translation mode.

See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014019 for details

NOTE: Cisco Nexus 1000v customers using VMware Update Manager to patch ESX 4.0 should add an additional patch download URL as described in KB 1013134

ID: ESX400-200909402-BG Impact: Critical Release date: 2009-09-24 Products: esx 4.0.0 Updates VMware Tools
This patch includes the following fixes
* Updated VMware SVGA and mouse device drivers for supported Linux guest operating systems that use Xorg 7.5.
* PBMs for Debian 5.0.1.
* PBMs for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 VMI kernel.

See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014020 for details

NOTE: Cisco Nexus 1000v customers using VMware Update Manager to patch ESX 4.0 should add an additional patch download URL as described in KB 1013134

ID: ESX400-200909403-BG Impact: Critical Release date: 2009-09-24 Products: esx 4.0.0 Updates bnx2x
This patch fixes the following issues:
* Virtual machines experience a network outage when they run with older versions of VMware Tools (ESX 3.0.x)
* A network outage is experienced if the MTU value is changed on a Broadcom Netxtreme II 10gig NIC.
* unloading the driver causes a host reboot.

See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014021 for details

NOTE: Cisco Nexus 1000v customers using VMware Update Manager to patch ESX 4.0 should add an additional patch download URL as described in KB 1013134

ID: ESX400-200909404-BG Impact: Critical Release date: 2009-09-24 Products: esx 4.0.0 Updates ixgbe
This patch fixes the following issue:
* A vSphere ESX Host that has NIC teaming configured with the ixgbe driver for the physical NICs might fail if one of the physical NICs goes down.

See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014022 for more details

NOTE: Cisco Nexus 1000v customers using VMware Update Manager to patch ESX 4.0 should add an additional patch download URL as described in KB 1013134

ID: ESX400-200909405-BG Impact: HostGeneral Release date: 2009-09-24 Products: esx 4.0.0 Updates perftools
This patch fixes the following issue:
* esxtop utility might quit with the error message “VMEsxtop_GrpStatsInit() failed” when attempting to monitor network status on ESX.

See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014023 for more details

NOTE: Cisco Nexus 1000v customers using VMware Update Manager to patch ESX 4.0 should add an additional patch download URL as described in KB 1013134

ID: ESX400-200909406-BG Impact: Critical Release date: 2009-09-24 Products: esx 4.0.0 Updates hpsa
This patch fixes the following issue:
* A virtual machine might fail after the Storage Port controller is reset on ESX hosts that have the HPSA driver connected to an SAS array.
* Hosts cannot detect more than 2 HPSA controllers due to the limited driver heap size.

See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014024 for more details

NOTE: Cisco Nexus 1000v customers using VMware Update Manager to patch ESX 4.0 should add an additional patch download URL as described in KB 1013134

ID: ESXi400-200909401-BG Impact: Critical Release date: 2009-09-24 Products: embeddedEsx 4.0.0 Updates Firmware
This patch fixes some key issues such as:
* Guest operating system shows high memory usage on Nehalem based systems, which might trigger memory alarms in vCenter.
* monitor or vmkernel fails when running certain guest operating systems with a 32-bit monitor running in binary translation mode.
See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014026 for details

NOTE: Cisco Nexus 1000v customers using VMware Update Manager to patch ESXi 4.0 should add an additional patch download URL as described in KB 1013134

ID: ESXi400-200909402-BG Impact: Critical Release date: 2009-09-24 Products: embeddedEsx 4.0.0 Updates Tools
This patch includes the following fixes
* Updated VMware SVGA and mouse device drivers for supported Linux guest operating systems that use Xorg 7.5.
* PBMs for Debian 5.0.1.
* PBMs for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 VMI kernel.

See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014027 for details

NOTE: Cisco Nexus 1000v customers using VMware Update Manager to patch ESXi 4.0 should add an additional patch download URL as described in KB 1013134

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