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meltdown and spectre : esxi 5.1 ?

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Hi All,

We have a "legacy" esxi 5.1 cluster for legacy / contractual apps (I guess we are not alone on this !!!).

It seems that the vmware release notes provide patching for 5.5 and +... but what of 5.1 ?

Is it not affected, EOLed, or something else ?

Thanks a lot for any answers,

Sebastian

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Hello Sebastian,

For general release, as it is not listed alongside 5.5-6.5 in the VS&CB announcement, my own opinion is: I doubt it.

"VMware does not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest operating system updates, new security patches or bug fixes unless otherwise noted"

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2145103

Extended support (relatively Pricey!) *may* include some form of patch for this depending on viability:

"New Security Patches Annual security patch. Includes catastrophic/critical security fixes only"

"New Bug Fixes Ability to create hot patches for Severity 1 issues only" https://www.vmware.com/support/services/extended.html

Do understand that hot patches are generally non-trivial and need to be customized to suit the environment they are being applied to and thus even if something were to get hot patched for a specific environment, this does not mean the changes made in this could be used to create any form of universal patch for all 5.1 hosts.

Bob

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Hello Sebastian,

For general release, as it is not listed alongside 5.5-6.5 in the VS&CB announcement, my own opinion is: I doubt it.

"VMware does not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest operating system updates, new security patches or bug fixes unless otherwise noted"

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2145103

Extended support (relatively Pricey!) *may* include some form of patch for this depending on viability:

"New Security Patches Annual security patch. Includes catastrophic/critical security fixes only"

"New Bug Fixes Ability to create hot patches for Severity 1 issues only" https://www.vmware.com/support/services/extended.html

Do understand that hot patches are generally non-trivial and need to be customized to suit the environment they are being applied to and thus even if something were to get hot patched for a specific environment, this does not mean the changes made in this could be used to create any form of universal patch for all 5.1 hosts.

Bob

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Thanks to all for the answers.

Lets wait for 5.1 NOT to be patched (or patched) :smileygrin:

Considerding what happened with microsoft reg. Krack patching, would make sense to patch...

A side question, what is the impact is VMs are patched but not the Hosts ?

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ESXi 5.1 is End of life. So I dont think patch will be released for 5.1.

If you have extended support for 5.1 , then you may approach VMware support for patches.

https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/product-lifecycle-matrix.p...

Regards,

Randhir

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Thanks we will see what we can do :smileygrin:

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Upgrade, that's all you can do Smiley Happy

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