VMware Remote Console 12.0.1 | 22 JUNE 2021

Build (Windows and Linux): 18113358

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

Security updates in VMware Remote Console.

Important Fixes

VMware Remote Console for Windows contains a local privilege escalation vulnerability. An attacker with normal access to a virtual machine may exploit this issue by placing a malicious file renamed as 'openssl.cnf' in an unrestricted directory that can allow code to be executed with elevated privileges. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifiers CVE-2021-21999 to this issue. For more information, see VMSA-2021-0013.

System requirements

  • Windows: Windows 8 and above
  • Linux: Linux kernel version 3.10 and above


You can use VMware Remote Console 12.0.1 to connect to virtual machines in vSphere, vRealize Automation, and vCloud Director.


  • VMware Remote Console 12.0.1 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 12.0.1 on the following host operating systems:

Windows (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 11
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8

Windows (32-bit)

  • Windows 10


  • CentOS 8.2
  • CentOS 7.8
  • Debian 10.6
  • Fedora 32
  • Fedora 31
  • Linux Mint 19
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2
  • Ubuntu 20.10
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

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

    When a mounted mass storage device passes through 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.

  • 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. These specific operations are present in the documentation.  

    Workaround: None.

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

    Because VMware Remote Console and VMware Workstation share some components in common, it is not possible to install both on the same Linux machine.

    Workaround: None.

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