VMware Workstation 15.5 Player | 19 Sep 2019 | Build 14665864

What's in the Release Notes

About VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player™ is a streamlined desktop virtualization application that runs another operating system on the same computer without rebooting. VMware Workstation Player provides a simple user interface, unmatched operating system support, and portability across the VMware ecosystem.

For more information, see the broader VMware Workstation Player documentation

What's New

VMware Workstation 15.5 Player is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 15 Player users. It includes the following updates:

  • Support for new guest operating systems:
    • Windows 10 19H2
    • Debian 10.0/10.1
    • Debian 9.11
    • Oracle Linux 8.0
    • SLE 15 SP1
    • FreeBSD 12.0
    • PhotonOS 3.0
  • Jumbo frame support: Virtual networks can now be configured with MTU sizes of up to 9000 bytes.
  • Open VM Tools is the default VMware Tools for applicable Linux virtual machine:

    For more information, see Workstation 15.5 Player for Windows and Workstation 15.5 Player for Linux product documentation.

VMware Workstation 15.5 Player also contains performance improvements, bug fixes and security updates.

Important Fixes

This release of VMware Workstation Player addresses the following issues:

  • Workstation 15.5 Player addresses the use-after-free and denial-of-service vulnerabilities. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the following IDs to these issues :

    For more information, see VMSA-2019-0014.

  • Implemented DLL loading security improvements, suggested by Peleg Hadar of Safebreach.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation 15 Player are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for a prior release, click the appropriate link:

Resolved Issues

  • Workstation gets an unknown error when the SVGA settings is changed during the virtual machine installation wizard.

    During virtual machine creation, after changing Display settings in Customize hardware window, saving the configuration can cause an unknown error.

    This issue is now resolved.

  • Sometimes, Fedora 30 VM can't be powered on correctly, a black screen appears for a long time.

    When a Fedora 30 virtual machine is created and powered on, it does not power on correctly and a black screen is displayed.

    This issue is now resolved. VMware has fixed the issue and committed the kernel since kernel-5.1.8-300.fc30.

    For users stuck on boot and cannot perform the kernel package upgrade, edit Grub during boot to delete rhgb option to boot-up successfully. After boot, perform the kernel upgrade.

  • Scrolling becomes erratic in Windows guest when a non-default keyboard layout is selected in Ubuntu host

    In Ubuntu 18.04 (GNOME Desktop) host, when a non-default keyboard layout is selected, scrolling in Windows guests is erratic. 
    This screen randomly scrolls up or down when the mouse is moved in the virtual machine in some scrollable panes, such as the start menu.

    This issue is now resolved.

  • Battery status report is incorrect in windows virtual machine running on Windows 10 1903 host

    On a Windows 10 1903 host, battery status is incorrect in the windows virtual machine. The battery icon in the status bar remains red and not charging even though the laptop is plugged-in.

    This issue is now resolved.

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