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What are the current concerns with VIBs?

VIBs created were certified for security. The certificate used to sign legacy releases of software expired at the end of December 2019. And now, VMware have been dual signing releases, with the replacement certificate, as well as the legacy certificate.

New Certificates releases will now be signed only by the newer certificate (as of April 2020 for the 6.7 codebase, and June 2020 for the 6.5 codebase). This new certificate is valid until September 2037. ESXi hosts running releases before 31st December 2019 would accept only the old certificate in VIB signature verification.

As this transition period is now complete, VIB signatures of new releases are untrusted on releases of ESXi prior to this transition, and an upgrade or installation failure would occur.  Attempting to upgrade directly from one of the affected releases to any release posted in 2020 will fail.

Any attempt of UPGRADE from below versions to – 6.7 release post 28th April 2020 or 6.5 release post 15th June 2020 would FAIL.  

Sources:

 

 

Version

Release Name

Release Date

Build Number

Installer Build Number

ESXi 6.0 U3f

ESXi600-201806001

6/28/2018

8934903

N/A

ESXi 6.0 U3e

ESXi600-201803001

3/20/2018

7967664

N/A

ESXi 6.0 U3d

ESXi600-201801001

1/9/2018

7504637

NA

ESXi 6.0 Patch 6

ESXi600-201711001

11/9/2017

6921384

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 11

ESXi600-201710001

10/5/2017

6765062

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Update 3a (ESXi 6.0 Patch 5)

ESXi600-201706001

6/6/2017

5572656

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 7c

ESXi600-201703003       

3/28/2017

5251623

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Update 1 (VMSA-2017-0006)

ESXi600-201703002

3/28/2017

5251621

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 7a

ESXi600-201703001

3/28/2017

5224934

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Update 3

ESXi 6.0 Update 3

2/24/2017

5050593

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Patch 4

ESXi600-201611001

11/22/2016

4600944

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 7

ESXi600-201610001

10/17/2016

4510822

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Patch 3

ESXi600-201608001

8/4/2016

4192238

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 6

ESXi600-201605001

5/12/2016

3825889

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Update 2

ESXi 6.0 Update 2

3/16/2016

3620759

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 5

ESXi600-201602001

2/23/2016

3568940

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Update 1b

ESXi600-201601001

1/7/2016

3380124

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 4

ESXi600-201511001

11/25/2015

3247720

N/A

ESXi 6.0 U1a (Express Patch 3)

ESXi600-201510001

10/6/2015

3073146

N/A

ESXi 6.0 U1

ESXi 6.0 U1

9/10/2015

3029758

N/A

ESXi 6.0.0b

ESXi600-201507001

7/7/2015

2809209

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 2

ESXi600-201505001

5/14/2015

2715440

N/A

ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 1

ESXi600-201504001

4/9/2015

2615704

2615979

ESXi 6.0 GA

ESXi 6.0 GA

3/12/2015

2494585

N/A

ESXi 6.5 U2 GA

ESXi 6.5 U2 GA

43223

8294253

N/A

ESXi 6.5 U1g

ESXi650-201803001

43179

7967591

N/A

ESXi 6.5 Patch 02

ESXi650-201712001

43088

7388607

N/A

ESXi 6.5 U1 Express Patch 4

ESXi650-201710001

43013

6765664

N/A

ESXi 6.5 U1

ESXi 6.5 U1

42943

5969303

N/A

ESXi 6.5.0d

ESXi650-201704001

42843

5310538

N/A

ESXi 6.5. Express Patch 1a

ESXi650-201703002

42822

5224529

N/A

ESXi 6.5. Patch 01

ESXi650-201703001

42803

5146846

5146843

ESXi 6.5.0 a

ESXi650-201701001

42768

4887370

N/A

ESXi 6.5 GA

ESXi 6.5 GA

42689

4564106

N/A

 

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