Update to VMware vCenter Server Appliance & NTP Issues

Earlier today I posted “VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0 Has An Insecure NTP Server.”¬†One of the reasons I like VMware is that they’re responsive to customer issues. This situation is no different. I just spoke¬†with a few guys involved in VMware security, and this is what I’ve learned. 1. There has been mitigation information available internally to VMware Support/GSS since shortly after the vulnerability was published. If you call VMware Support your best bet is to reference the CVE number, CVE-2013-5211. I have not called VMware Support to confirm this, or to verify that they’re able to properly resolve the issue if you don’t reference the CVE number. In the future I’ll make sure to reference the CVE number if …

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VMware vCenter Server Appliance & NTP

If you’re trying to configure NTP on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 5.1 builds 799730, 880472, or 947940 according to the official documentation you might be seeing what I’m seeing: vcenter:~ # yast2 ntp-client add server=0.us.pool.ntp.org Error: Cannot update the dynamic configuration policy. vcenter:~ # yast2 ntp-client enable Error: Cannot update the dynamic configuration policy. This appears to be a SuSE bug. Seems serious but it isn’t, the commands actually do complete correctly. If you want to check the work just use the command: cat /etc/ntp.conf to check for lines starting with “server” near the bottom. /sbin/chkconfig ntp on will enable the service at boot, and /etc/rc.d/ntp start will start it immediately if it isn’t started. /usr/sbin/ntpq -p will …

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