Bug 226478 - emulators/open-vm-tools: crashes whenever credentials are being passed to some commands from the host
Summary: emulators/open-vm-tools: crashes whenever credentials are being passed to som...
Status: Closed FIXED
Alias: None
Product: Ports & Packages
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Individual Port(s) (show other bugs)
Version: Latest
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Many People
Assignee: Josh Paetzel
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Reported: 2018-03-09 15:41 UTC by german.mb
Modified: 2018-03-10 22:58 UTC (History)
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Description german.mb 2018-03-09 15:41:05 UTC
I found and fixed a very nasty and serious bug in emulators/open-vm-tools and emulators/open-vm-tools-nox11.

The bug makes vmtoolsd (vmware-guestd) crash whenever credentials are being passed to some commands from the host. This produces a state where the host system only logs (after some time waiting for the command response):

"I125: GuestRpcSendTimedOut: message to toolbox timed out."
"I125: GuestRpcSendTimedOut: message to toolbox timed out."
"I125: GuestRpcSendTimedOut: message to toolbox timed out."
... 

Details in "Calling createTempfileInGuest twice crashes vmtoolsd (FreeBSD)"
https://github.com/vmware/open-vm-tools/issues/236

The fix is in pull request https://github.com/vmware/open-vm-tools/pull/238 in three files (https://github.com/vmware/open-vm-tools/pull/238/files)

Until it's committed and a new version released, it might be useful to add a few files in the port (as I said, this is a serious bug) and this is distributed in the official VMware vagrant images for FreeBSD, making them useless for provisioning.

Please, if you have the chance, by all means add the patch to the port.
Comment 1 Josh Paetzel freebsd_committer 2018-03-09 17:35:45 UTC
VMware will be providing a patch for this later today.  It's functionally the same as what has been presented here.
Comment 2 commit-hook freebsd_committer 2018-03-10 22:57:06 UTC
A commit references this bug:

Author: jpaetzel
Date: Sat Mar 10 22:56:54 UTC 2018
New revision: 464095
URL: https://svnweb.freebsd.org/changeset/ports/464095

Log:
  Fix bug that causes crashes when running commands from the host

  PR:	226478
  Submitted by:	german.mb@gmail.com
  Reviewed by:	John Wolfe <jwolfe@vmware.com>

Changes:
  head/emulators/open-vm-tools/Makefile
  head/emulators/open-vm-tools/files/patch-lib_auth_authPosix.c
  head/emulators/open-vm-tools/files/patch-lib_file_fileTempPosix.c
  head/emulators/open-vm-tools/files/patch-services_plugins_vix_vixTools.c
Comment 3 Josh Paetzel freebsd_committer 2018-03-10 22:58:17 UTC
Fixes committed, thanks!