Feeds

VMware drops vSphere 5.5 Update 1 into sysadmins' laps

DDoS fix, web client leaves Linux in lurch, plus VSAN bugs revealed

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

VMware has released VSphere 5.5 Update 1, the first big update to its flagship cloud co-ordinator.

Some of the update's features were widely known in advance, especially the inclusion of the VSAN virtual SAN right there in the kernel. VSAN's not perfect, however. The “known issues” section of VMware's release notes points out the software's “data store displays the Total capacity inclusive of capacity of both healthy and unhealthy disks” along with a couple of other minor bugs.

It turns out the update also offers three important patches, one of which fixes to the package's NTP daemon, which ” … has a DDoS vulnerability in the handling of the 'monlist' command [that meant] ... An attacker may send a forged request to a vulnerable NTP server resulting in an amplified response to the intended target of the DDoS attack.”

Also in the new version is the ability to manage VMware's hybrid cloud service from within the vSphere Web Client, thanks to a new plugin. But the web client is no longer supported on Linux because, as VMware advises, “Linux platforms are no longer supported by Adobe Flash, vSphere Web Client is not supported on the Linux OS.” There's still some hope as VMware says “Third party browsers that add support for Adobe Flash on the Linux desktop OS might continue to function.”

Another interesting change the release notes point to can be found in the accompanying Guest OS Matrix (PDF) describing the operating systems that can be virtualised. Ubuntu 13.10 and 13.04 are now listed as "tbd", which should be encouraging to Shuttleworthians.

We could go on and offer more detail, but that's the job of the release notes.

vSphere 5.5 has had previous updates. Versions “a” and “b” emerged in 2013, with the latter updated in late January 2014. Neither was critical, but VMware is very keen on users upgrading to Update 1 so they can start to play with VSAN. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.