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VMware Remote Console 11.2.0 | 09 JUL 2020

Build 16492666 | Mac App Store Build 16492675

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

This release of VMware Remote Console includes the following changes: 

  • VMware Remote Console Linux client supports operating and configuring powered-off or suspended virtual machine.
  • VMware Remote Console Windows client binaries and libraries are signed with VMware certificate.
  • Installation from the App Store is highly recommended on machines running macOS 10.15 or later.
  • Add localization support for Brazilian-Portuguese.
  • New supported Host OS: Redhat 8.2, CentOS 7.8, Ubuntu 20.04, Fedora 32, Debian 10.4.
  • Open-source components have been updated, including libtiff (4.1.0), libexpat (2.2.9), libcurl (7.70), sqlite (3.31.1), libxml2 (2.9.10).

Important Fixes

This release of VMware Remote Console addresses the following issues:

  • VMware Remote Console 11.2.0 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 VMware Remote Console 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.
  • VMware Remote Console 11.2.0 addresses a privilege escalation vulnerability that exists due to improper XPC Client validation. Successful exploitation of this issue may allow attackers with normal user privileges to escalate their privileges to root on a system where VMware Remote Console is installed. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the identifier CVE-2020-3974 to this issue. See VMSA-2020-0017 for more information.

Compatibility

You can use VMware Remote Console 11.2.0 to connect to virtual machines in vSphere, vRealize Automation, and vCloud Director.

NOTES:

  • VMware Remote Console 11.2.0 requires direct access to port 443 on ESXi hosts. For more information, see KB 76672.
  • vRealize Automation 8.0 is not compatible with any version of VMware Remote Console. 

You can install VMware Remote Console 11.2.0 on the following host operating systems:

Windows (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7

Windows (32-bit)

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 7

macOS

  • macOS 10.15
  • macOS 10.14
  • macOS 10.13

Linux

  • CentOS 8.1
  • CentOS 7.8
  • Debian 10.4
  • Fedora 32
  • Fedora 31
  • Linux Mint 19
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows.

Linux
  • VMware Remote Console automatically closes when the virtual machine is powered off.

    When you power off a virtual machine that is being accessed by the VMware Remote Console Linux client, the client automatically closes. You cannot perform operations on the powered-off virtual machine through VMware Remote Console.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

  • Virtual machines automatically power on.

    When you access a powered-off virtual machine with VMware Remote Console, the virtual machine is automatically powered on.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

Windows
  • Bad Windows local IPv6 loopback interface causes VMware Remote Console login ticket to expire.

    When there are issues in the Windows IPv6 loopback interface (blocked by firewalls .etc), VMware Remote Console has to wait for a period of time when it creates a pair of IPv6 socket for internal communication. This may cause the login ticket gets expired and the error "Invalid or expired session ticket" is popped up.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

macOS
  • The VMware Remote Console macOS App Store client may react slowly when performing passthrough on a mass storage device.

    When a mounted mass storage device is passed through to a remote virtual machine, the VMware Remote Console macOS client may freeze for several seconds.

    Workaround: Manually unmount the mass storage device from the host operating system before initiating passthrough in VMware Remote Console.

  • VMware Remote Console does not launch on macOS 10.13 or later.

    The Mac displays a System Extension Blocked message when you attempt to launch VMware Remote Console on macOS 10.13 or later versions.

    Workaround: As a user with administrator privileges, go to System Preferences > Security > Privacy. Under the General tab, near the bottom, you see a message about VMware software being blocked. Click Allow. For more information, see Knowledge Base Article 2151770.

  • Some device operations are not supported on macOS.

    When you access virtual machines using the VMware Remote Console macOS client, you cannot perform certain device operations. For example, you cannot add new devices or display sound card settings. The specific operations are noted in the documentation.

    Workaround: None.

Linux
  • VMware Remote Console and VMware Workstation cannot be installed on the same computer.

    Because certain components are shared between VMware Remote Console and VMware Workstation, these products cannot both be installed on the same Linux machine.

    Workaround: None.