New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0020 and Updated Advisories

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This is a critical security advisory from VMware (VMSA)

Today VMware has released the following new and updated security advisories:New
VMSA-2016-0020UpdatedVMSA-2016-0016.1VMSA-2016-0018.1 The new advisory documents a deserialization vulnerability in the vRealize Operation REST API, CVE-2016-7462. Please sign up to the Security-Announce mailing list to receive new and updated VMware Security Advisories. Customers should review the security advisories and direct any questions to VMware Support. The post New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0020 Read more [...]

vSphere 6.5 DRS Performance – A new white-paper

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VMware recently announced the general availability of vSphere 6.5. Among the many new features in this release are some DRS specific ones like predictive DRS, and network-aware DRS. In vSphere 6.5, DRS also comes with a host of performance improvements like the all-new VM initial placement and the faster and more effective maintenance mode operation. If you want to learn more about them, we published a new white-paper on the new features and performance improvements of DRS in vSphere Read more [...]

VMware Workstation target at the PwnFest hacking competition

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VMware Workstation is among the targets of the PwnFest hacking competition. At this event, which is organized along the Power of Community security conference in Seoul, security researchers are demonstrating their attack capabilities. The event is modeled after the well-known Pwn2Own competition. Earlier today at the event, the 360 Marvel Team and security researcher Lokihardt (JungHoon Lee) used the same issue to demonstrate that they could execute code on the VMware Workstation host from the guest. Read more [...]

VMSA-2016-0018

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Greetings from the VMware Security Response Center! Today we released VMSA-2016-0018 which documents products affected by CVE-2016-5195 – aka: the ‘Dirty COW’ vulnerability. In addition, we have also released Knowledge Base Article 2147515 which documents unaffected products. There are a few points I’d like to make about our evaluation of this issue and its effect on our products. We have classified the severity of this issue as ‘Important’ in accordance Read more [...]

Expandable Reservation for Resource Pools

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One of the questions I was often asked about resource pools (RP) is ‘Expandable reservation’. What is expandable reservation, and why should I care about it? Although it sounds intuitive, it can be easily misunderstood. To put it simply, a resource pool with ‘expandable reservation’ can expand its reservation by asking more resources from its parent . The need to expand reservation comes from the increase in reservation demand of its child objects (VMs or resource pools). Read more [...]

Latency Sensitive VMs and vSphere DRS

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Some applications are inherently highly latency sensitive, and cannot afford long vMotion times. VMs running such applications are termed as being ‘Latency Sensitive’. These VMs consume resources very actively, so vMotion of such VMs is often a slow process. Such VMs require special care during cluster load balancing, due to their latency sensitivity. You can tag a VM as latency sensitive, by setting the VM option through the vSphere web client as shown below (VM → Edit Read more [...]

Quest Software leaves Dell

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In September 2012 Dell announced to have completed the acquisition of Quest Software, a Californian company with an history in systems management, security, business intelligence and, falling back in our own area of interest, virtualization, cloud automation and backup & recovery. Today, after 3 years, Quest is announcing its renewed independency thanks to a new acquisition by Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation. Dell is currently in the spotlight due to its acquisition of EMC Read more [...]

New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0017

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Today VMware has released the following new security advisory: “VMSA-2016-0017 – VMware product updates address multiple information disclosure issues” This addresses multiple information disclosure issues (CVE-2016-5328) in VMware Tools (versions 9.x and 10.x) running on Mac OS X VMs and (CVE-2016-5329) in VMware Fusion (versions 8.x). Successful exploitation of these issues may allow a privileged local user on a system where System Integrity Protection (SIP) is enabled, to obtain Read more [...]

What to Expect in PowerCLI 6.5?

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PowerCLI 6.5 was announced last week at VMworld Europe and, while we are waiting for it to be generally available, we thought it would be a good time to give you an idea of what to look forward to in the meantime. What’s New VMware, with PowerCLI, was one of the early adopters of PowerShell and in the PowerShell v1.0 days, snap-ins were the only way to extend the shell for additional functionality. With each release of PowerCLI we’ve been progressing the switch over to using modules Read more [...]

Citrix announces Q3 2016 results

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Citrix announced its financial results for third quarter 2016. The revenues for the second quarter were $841 million for an increase of 3% compared to Q3 2015. Net income was $132 million and non-GAAP operating income was $208 million, an increase compared to $168 million for Q3 2015. Examining the results in contrast with the same quarter 2015: Product and license revenue remained flat; Software as a service revenue increased 9 percent; Revenue from license updates and maintenance increased Read more [...]