Feeds

VMware reveals 27-patch Heartbleed fix plan

Go buy your vSysadmins a big choccy egg: their Easter is in peril

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

VMware has confirmed that 27 of its products need patches for the Heartbleed bug.

The bad news is that Virtzilla says it “expects to have updated products and patches for all affected products … by April 19th.”

The 19th is Saturday. Easter Saturday. The previous day is Good Friday, a public holiday in the UK, Canada, Australia and 12 US states but not in VMware's California home.

While VMware's coders will therefore be working to their usual schedules (assuming much of the work is being done at HQ), plenty of VMware customers will probably have to coax people into the office at a time when lots take a break and/or travel.

Even if VMware meets its deadline handily, patching has the potential to wipe out a weekend: we have no way of knowing if the patches will be easy to make and many VMware rigs use multiple instances of the same product.

This knowledge base article lists all the products requiring patches. If you're a TLDR kind of person, here's the skinny: vCenter Server 5.5 and ESXi 5.5 need an update, as does Fusion 6.0 and NSX-MH and NSX-V.

The bulk of the patches apply to VMware Horizon products. Patches are already available for Horizon Workspace Server 1.0 through 1.8. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for
It's on by default – didn't you read the small print?
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch
Redmond makes a hash of hashing add-on
'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power
Carders punch holes through Staples
Investigation launched into East Coast stores
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
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.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.