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VMware Workstation 15.1 Player Release Notes

VMware Workstation 15.1 Player | 14 May 2019 | Build 13591040

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 15.1 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 19H1
    • Ubuntu 19.04
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0
    • Fedora 30
    • ESXi 6.7 Update 2

VMware Workstation 15.1 Player also contains bug fixes and security updates.

Important Fixes

This release of VMware Workstation Player addresses the following issues:

  • VMware Workstation 15.1 Player supports Hypervisor-Specific Mitigations and Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations for Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) vulnerabilities identified by CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12127, CVE-2018-12130 and CVE-2019-11091. For more information, see VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2019-0008.
  • VMware Workstation 15.1 Player addresses a DLL hijacking issue. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2019-5526 to this issue. For more information, see VMSA-2019-0007.

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

  • Items in the Removable Devices menu flicker and cannot be selected.

    On a virtual machine running the Android Debug Bridge (adb) server, the items in the VM > Removable Devices menu may flicker (open and close continually and rapidly) without allowing you to select them.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

  • On Windows 10 19H1 hosts, virtual machines may fail to power on.

    When a virtual machine is launched from a host machine running Windows 10 19H1, it may display a blank screen and fail to start.

    This issue has been fixed in this release.

  • Screen flickering may be observed on virtual machines.

    At short intervals, the screen of a virtual machine may briefly switch to black and then reset to its normal state.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

  • On systems with multiple monitors, dialog boxes are stretched across the screens.

    When Workstation Player is maximized on a computer with multiple monitors, dialog boxes are displayed incorrectly and cannot be used easily.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

Known Issues

  • On hosts running Ubuntu 19.04 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, the Install/Reinstall VMware Tools menu fails to open.

    When you attempt to open the Install/Reinstall VMware Tools menu on Ubuntu 19.04 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, the following error is displayed:

    Could not find component on update server. Contact VMware Support or your system administrator.

    Workaround: Manually install the required ncurses libraries on your host machine.

    • For Ubuntu 19.04, install the libncursesw5 package.
    • For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, install the ncurses-compat-libs-6.1-7.20180224.el8.x86_64.rpm package.
  • Poor display performance is experienced on virtual machines with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 manually installed.

    The mesa-libxatracker and xorg-x11-drv-vmware packages are not installed by default on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, causing poor display performance on X Window System (X11) desktop environments. In addition, the resolutionSet function does not work even when VMware Tools is installed.

    Workaround: Choose either of the following options:

    • Use Easy Install to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 as a guest operating system. This process will install the required packages automatically.
    • Manually install the mesa-libxatracker and xorg-x11-drv-vmware packages.
  • Files and folders cannot be transferred to certain newer Linux distributions using the copy and paste function.

    If you copy a file or folder and attempt to paste it to a host or guest machine, the operation will fail when the target machine is running the following Linux distributions:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0
    • Fedora 30
    • Ubuntu 19.04

    Workaround: Drag and drop objects to transfer them to hosts or guests running the affected operating systems. Alternatively, you can use the Shared Folders feature.