Recommended update for open-vm-tools

SUSE Recommended Update: Recommended update for open-vm-tools
Announcement ID: SUSE-RU-2018:4204-1
Rating: moderate
References: #1047469 #1096343 #1109185 #1110793 #1111619
Affected Products:
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP4
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Debuginfo 11-SP4

An update that has 5 recommended fixes can now be installed.


This update for open-vm-tools provides the following fixes:

  • Handle Linux kernel /proc FS uint32 type stat overflow when calculating. On both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux, tools always parses Linux kernel /proc FS stats as uint64 values. For rate stats, current - previous can handle uint64 type stat overflow, but not uint32 type. (bsc#1110793)
  • Optional override for short and long OS names sent from Tools. Added support for customers to override the returned long and short OS names through the tools config file. If the setting is present, then names gathered by hostinfo will be ignored. The user is responsible for setting the appropriate names. (bsc#1047469)
  • Workaround false negative results when detecting cloud-init existence. The command "cloud-init -v" is used to detect if cloud-init is properly configured and it works on most linux distros. However in some linux distros, "cloud-init -v" will print the result to stderr instead of stdout giving a false negative result. (bsc#1111619)
  • Update to version 10.3.0, including the following fixes (bsc#1109185): * Build fixes. * Disable CAF. Added logic on Windows to close the socket opened when checking if the tunnel has been enabled. (bsc#1096343)

Patch Instructions:

To install this SUSE Recommended Update use the SUSE recommended installation methods like YaST online_update or "zypper patch".
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP4:
    zypper in -t patch slessp4-open-vm-tools-13914=1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Debuginfo 11-SP4:
    zypper in -t patch dbgsp4-open-vm-tools-13914=1

Package List:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP4 (i586 x86_64):
    • libvmtools0-10.3.0-8.9.1
    • open-vm-tools-10.3.0-8.9.1
    • open-vm-tools-desktop-10.3.0-8.9.1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Debuginfo 11-SP4 (i586 x86_64):
    • open-vm-tools-debuginfo-10.3.0-8.9.1
    • open-vm-tools-debugsource-10.3.0-8.9.1