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VMware Fusion 8.5.10 Release Notes

VMware Fusion 8.5.10 | 9 Jan  2018 | Build 7527438

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What's in the Release Notes

About VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 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, go to  the VMware Fusion Docs website.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Fusion are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for prior releases of VMware Fusion 8, click the following links:

VMware Fusion 8.5.9
VMware Fusion 8.5.8
VMware Fusion 8.5.7
VMware Fusion 8.5.6
VMware Fusion 8.5.5
VMware Fusion 8.5.4
VMware Fusion 8.5.3
VMware Fusion 8.5.2 
VMware Fusion 8.5.1 
VMware Fusion 8.5 
VMware Fusion 8.1.1 
VMware Fusion 8.1 
VMware Fusion 8.0.2 
VMware Fusion 8.0.1 
VMware Fusion 8.0

Security

This update of VMware Fusion exposes hardware support for branch target injection mitigation to VMware guests.   This hardware is used by some guest operating systems to mitigate CVE-2018-5715 (also called by the name "Spectre").

For a guest operating system to use hardware support for branch target injection mitigation, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Install this update of VMware Fusion
  2. Ensure that your VM is using Hardware Version 9 or higher.  For best performance, Hardware Version 11 or higher is recommended.
  3. Update your guest operating system with fixes for CVE-2018-5715 (consult the operating system vendor for these updates).
  4. Update the host firmware (or CPU microcode, if host firmware cannot be updated).

Please see VMware knowledge base article 52085 for more details.