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News of the week, have you been affected by Heartbleed? This seems to be the only thing on everyones mind right now, even some of my completely non techie friends have been asking me. So what is this all about Neil, I am worried about it and how it affects me. Its amazing how much interest there is in this issue and so there should be it is very serious. There has been some interesting advice from the paranoid, do not use the internet anymore or until everything is patched, however I have taken a different approach. Firstly as a techie I know that software isn’t perfect, lets face it what is. So for my entire online life which spans over 2 decades I have tarn a proactive approach, rather than being too cautions understand the risks and managing them accordingly. I use a proper password management service and try and ensure that all of my accounts have unique and as complex as they will allow passwords. This limits the attack surface of any potential hacker as we know as it means that he will not gain access to any other system based off a single system hack.

So what do I tell my customers. Well firstly they should not panic. I work with all of my customers to ensure that their systems are in good shape and adequately up to date with patches specifically security patches. As organisation do, we discuss security on a regular basis and their defence in depth approach is always looked at to ensure it is capable and adequate. When an issue such as this arises we ascertain the potential products that are at risk and then ascertain the risk level. Based on that we come up with an action plan which would take into account many factors including how important the system is, can we take it offline and many other things.

So the key is preparation, planning and above all do not have a knee jerk reaction, take a good look at the issue and analyse it with the correct intent for your organisations assets and provide recommendations based on that.

Our official KB for this issue is reflected here and I suggest that you have a look at the affected products and discuss how this may relate to your individual organisations circumstances and adopt a security posture to this issue accordingly. 

VMware Response to OpenSSL security issue CVE-2014-0160/CVE-2014-0346 a.k.a: "Heartbleed" (2076225) 

Have a great week everyone.

Virtually Yours
Neil Isserow
Senior Technical Account Manager
VMware Australia

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                                                                                                                                                            • KB Articles

                                                                                                                                                              VMware Data Recovery
                                                                                                                                                              Upgrading to VMware Data Recovery 2.x (2069257)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/1/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware ESXi
                                                                                                                                                              ESXi 5.1/5.5 host fails with a purple diagnostic screen during the manipulation of a Raw Device Mapping (2075387)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/4/2014
                                                                                                                                                              Audio redirection not supported on ESXi/ESX (2074805)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 3/31/2014
                                                                                                                                                              Syslog or message log displays the error: HTTP header command is notexpected (2072111)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/3/2014
                                                                                                                                                              Adjusting software fibre channel over ethernet host bus adapter queue depths (2065484)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 3/31/2014
                                                                                                                                                              ESXi enhancement for Headless System Support in ESXi 5.5 Update 1 (2075033)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/1/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware Horizon Mirage
                                                                                                                                                              Installing the Mirage Management Server fails with error: Failed to connect to database. (2045872)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/2/2014
                                                                                                                                                              Installing Mirage Management Server fails with error: Quiet exec failed: Failed setting default server policies (2058736)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/4/2014
                                                                                                                                                              VMware Horizon Mirage Server and Horizon Mirage Edge Server install fails with a certificate error (2075103)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/2/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware Horizon View
                                                                                                                                                              VMware Horizon View 5.2 Connection Server Event Viewer reports error: Session for user null timed out (2072427)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/1/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware Horizon Workspace
                                                                                                                                                              VMware Tools out-of-date on VMware Horizon Workspace (2062635)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/1/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware vCenter Orchestrator
                                                                                                                                                              Type error occurs when using the getVMStatusDescription option in a VMware vCenter Orchestrator workflow (2065922)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/1/2014
                                                                                                                                                              Troubleshooting SSL handshake errors when using OpenSSL-based REST clients with the Orchestrator Appliance 5.5.x (2076046)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/4/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware vCenter Server
                                                                                                                                                              Installation of VMware Tools becomes unresponsive on Microsoft Windows guest operating systems with Citrix Provisioning Services (2070987)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/4/2014
                                                                                                                                                              vCenter Server hangs validating permissions with error: Unknown entity host-2748 (2044216)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/3/2014
                                                                                                                                                              VMware VCMSDS service fails during installation of VMware vCenter Server (2063119)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/1/2014
                                                                                                                                                              Newly created virtual machines appear as unprotected by high availability in VMware vCenter Server 5.1 (2072028)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 3/31/2014
                                                                                                                                                              Users are able to log in to vSphere Web Client regardless of permissions in VMware vCenter Server (2075296)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/2/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware vCenter Support Assistant
                                                                                                                                                              Uploading logs through VMware vCenter Support Assistant when using more than one vCenter Server in the inventory (2075584)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/3/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware vCloud Networking and Security
                                                                                                                                                              Best practices for upgrading to VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.5.1 (2075146)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/4/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware Virtual SAN
                                                                                                                                                              Migration from vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) to VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) (2068923)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/1/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware vSphere Management Assistant
                                                                                                                                                              vSphere Management Assistant 5.5 Patch 1 ( (2068711)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 4/4/2014

                                                                                                                                                              VMware vSphere Web Client
                                                                                                                                                              Unable to change RDM compatibility mode using vSphere Web Client (2075364)
                                                                                                                                                              Date Published: 3/31/2014

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