Since October 15, 2022, VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware ESXi 6.7 are no longer under vendor support! As a result, it is possible to obtain technical support, but no more security updates. A real problem, especially since VMware hypervisors are very often targeted by ransomware.
Lansweeper is an IT equipment management solution, and the publisher of this solution has posted some statistics about the versions of VMware ESXi used by customers of this software. In total, there are more than 45,000 VMware ESXi servers inventoried by Lansweeper that have just reached their end of life! This figure is based solely on Lansweeper customers and analysis of a total of 79,000 servers running VMware ESXi. However, it gives a trend: VMware ESXi 6.5 and ESXi 6.7 are still widely used by companies!
To be more specific about the 79,000 servers analyzed:
- 36,5% i.e. 28,835 servers are running version 6.7.0, released in April 2018
- 21,3% i.e. 16,830 servers are on version 6.5.0, released in November 2016
So, in total, that’s 57.8% or 45,654 VMware ESXi servers that no longer run a version supported by the publisher! Added to this is also 15.8% of installations that are still running on older versions, from ESXi 3.5.0 to 5.5.0.
A little clarification though: VMware no longer provides security updates (or bug fixes) unless the company pays for extended support. Technical support remains free until November 15, 2023but it does not allow you to benefit from security patches.
Depending on future events, it cannot be ruled out that VMware will still publish certain security patches. For example, Microsoft does this from time to time with some unsupported versions. However, there is no guarantee on this. For several months, many ransomware have been attacking VMware ESXi servers so it is advisable to use a version supported by the publisher. We can cite a few names: Black Basta, Cheerscrypt, RedAlert or HelloKitty.
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