VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201711404-BG: Updates ipmi-ipmi-devintf, ipmi-ipmi-msghandler VIBs
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VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201711404-BG: Updates ipmi-ipmi-devintf, ipmi-ipmi-msghandler VIBs


Article ID: 328111


Updated On:




Release date: November 9, 2017
Patch CategoryBugfix
Patch SeverityCritical
BuildFor build information, see KB 2151126.
Host Reboot RequiredYes
Virtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYes
Affected HardwareN/A
Affected SoftwareN/A
VIBs Included
  • VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-devintf_39.1-5vmw.600.3.79.6921384
  • VMware_bootbank_ipmi-ipmi-msghandler_39.1-5vmw.600.3.79.6921384
PRs Fixed
Related CVE numbersNA


Summaries and Symptoms

This patch updates ipmi-ipmi-devintf and ipmi-ipmi-msghandler VIBs to resolve the following issue:

  • Third party CIM providers or agents might cause memory corruptions that lead to destabilization of the kernel or drivers of an ESXi host and the host might fail with a purple diagnostic screen. These memory corruptions are usually visible at a later point, not at the exact time of the corruption, and this fix hardens the IPMI driver to recover from or avoid such destabilization states. Exception 13 is a general protection fault error and not all Exception 13 errors would indicate this issue.

Patch Download and Installation

The typical way to apply patches to ESXi hosts is through the VMware vSphere Update Manager. For details, see the Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager.

ESXi hosts can be updated by manually downloading the patch ZIP file from the VMware download page and installing the VIB by using the esxcli software vib command. Additionally, the system can be updated using the image profile and the esxcli software profile command. For details, see the vSphere Command-Line Interface Concepts and Examples and the vSphere Upgrade Guide.