VMware Fusion 11.5.5 | 28 May 2020 | Build 16269456

What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

About VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion® 11 is the easiest, fastest, and most reliable way to run Windows and other x86 based operating systems on a Mac without rebooting.

For more information, see the broader VMware Fusion documentation.

System Requirements

  • Hardware
    All Macs launched in 2012 or later are supported except for the following:

    • 2012 Mac Pro Quad Core using the Intel® Xeon® W3565 Processor.

    The following are also supported with a recommended graphic card that supports Metal:
    • 2010 Mac Pro Six Core, Eight Core, and Twelve Core.

  • Software
    macOS 10.14 Mojave and newer versions.

What's New

This release of VMware Fusion is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 11 users. This release provides the following:

  • Container Support: pull, push, build images and run containers with the vctl command.
  • Support for the following operating systems as guest: 
    • Windows 10 20H1
    • Ubuntu 20.04
    • Fedora 32
  • Performance improvements, bug fixes and security updates.

Important Fixes

This release of VMware Fusion addresses the following issues:

  • Fusion 11.5.5 addresses a privilege escalation vulnerability in the service opener. Attackers with normal user privileges can exploit this issue to escalate their privileges to root on a system where Fusion is installed. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the identifier CVE-2020-3957 to this issue. See VMSA-2020-0011 for more information.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Fusion 11 are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for a prior release, click the appropriate link:

Resolved Issues

  • Tracert doesn't work in a virtual machine when it is connected to a NAT network

    In a virtual machine that is connected to a NAT network, the tracert command fails to trace any website and displays the Request timed out message.

    This issue is now resolved.

  • VMware Fusion 11.5.5 deployed by the Apple Remote Desktop fails to power on any virtual machine

    After using the Apple Remote Desktop to deploy Fusion 11.5.5, the deployed Fusion can't start any virtual machine.

    This issue is now resolved.

    VMware Fusion 11.5.5 lets you add the VMware Fusion.zip file in the Deploy VMware Fusion.mpkg/Contents/00Fusion_Deployment_Items folder. This ensure proper deployment of VMware Fusion 11.5.5 by Apple Remote Desktop and enables virtual machines to start properly. For detailed VMware Fusion mass deployment steps, see https://kb.vmwa.e.com/s/article/2058680.

  • Fusion's Unity menu appears randomly on the desktop when an external monitor is connected and the Automatically hide and show the Dock option is checked.

    When you have an external monitor connected and the the Automatically hide and show the Dock option is enabled, the Unity menu appears randomly on the desktop and makes the Unity features unusable.

    This issue is now resolved.

Known Issues

  • User data in an anonymous volume is lost when the container is stopped

    If a host directory is not mounted to an anonymous volume of a container, the user data in the anonymous volume is not persistent after the container is stopped. The vctl CLI automatically creates the volume in the CRXVM's memory for better performance but data is not persistent.

    Perform the following steps:

    1. Find the anonymous volume instruction (For example: VOLUME /data) in the Dockerfile.
    2. Start container with the --volume option and specify a host directory which is mounted on an anonymous volume. For example: vctl run --volume $PWD/data:/data myImage

  • After installing VMware Fusion 11.5.5 or later, some vctl commands, containers and container images from VMware Fusion Technology Preview 20H1 are not available.

    Some vctl commands, containers and container images available in VMware Fusion Technology Preview 20H1 are not available after installing VMware Fusion 11.5.5 or later. For more information, see https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/79150.


  • Some USB mass storage devices can't be accessed in a virtual machine

    After you select the checkbox next to a USB mass storage device in USB & Bluetooth Settings to connect it to a running virtual machine, the virtual machine is unable to access the mass storage device.


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