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VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200901408-BG: Updates SATA Drivers

Details

Release Date: Jan. 30, 2009

Download Size: 
429KB 
Download Filename: 
ESX350-200901408-BG.zip 
md5sum: 
48c533fd2db8e1b12e5e58b594160a49


Product VersionsESX 3.5
Patch ClassificationCritical
SupersedesESX350-200810206-UG
RequiresESX350-200901402-SG
ESX350-200901406-BG
Virtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYes
Host Reboot RequiredYes
PRs Fixed290564, 359666
Affected HardwareBroadcom HT-1000 SATA controller
SATA CD/DVD drive 
Affected SoftwareN/A
RPMs IncludedVMware-esx-drivers-scsi-ahci
VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-ata_piix
VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-sata_nv
VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-sata_promise
VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-sata_sil
VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-sata_svw
VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-sata_vsc
Build143198
Also see KB 1001179.
Related CVE numbersNone

Solution

Summaries and Symptoms

This fix changes the sata_svw driver to disable DMA and use PIO instead for ATAPI devices.

Symptoms seen without this patch: Certain ESX 3.5 systems might stall when loading the sata_svw.o module, when the system is rebooted. The affected ESX 3.5 systems are configured with:

  • a Broadcom HT-1000 SATA controller onboard (or built-in)
  • a SATA CD/DVD drive connected

If you try to install ESX 3.5 software from a CD-ROM on hosts with this hardware configuration, the ESX installer cannot detect the CD/DVD drive and installation cannot continue.

Deployment Considerations

None beyond the required patch bundles and reboot information listed in the table, above.

Based on VMware KB 1006658


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