VMware Workstation 15.5 Pro | 19 Sep 2019 | Build 14665864

What's in the Release Notes

About VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro™ enables technical professionals to develop, test, demonstrate, and deploy software by running multiple x86-based Windows, Linux, and other operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

You can replicate server, desktop, and tablet environments in a virtual machine and allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory and graphics memory to each virtual machine, whether the virtual machine resides on a personal PC or on a private enterprise cloud.

For more information, see the VMware Workstation Pro documentation.

What's New

VMware Workstation 15.5 Pro is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 15 Pro 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 size of up to 9000 bytes.
  • Preserve Network Configuration: Network settings are now preserved after upgrades. You can also import and export your network configurations.
  • Multiple display shortcut key: You can now quickly adjust the VM display layout with a new keyboard shortcut.
  • PVSCI device support: PVSCSI adapter is now officially supported by Workstation, which enhances the compatibility for VMs migration between Workstation and vSphere.
  • Open VM Tools is the default VMware Tools for applicable Linux virtual machine:

    For more information, see Workstation 15.5 Pro product documentation.

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

Important Fixes

This release of VMware Workstation Pro addresses the following issues:

  • Workstation 15.5 Pro 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 Pro 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 a 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.

Known Issues

  • The virtual machines power state is not correct when a virtual machine running in background on Federa 28 or later is loaded

    When a virtual machine is shutdown with Run in Background option selected and then reloaded, the virtual machines power state is not correct. The virtual machine can't be powered on with the confused power state.

    Workaround: Installing libxcrypt-compat manually by running sudo dnf install libxcrypt-compat on Fedora 28 host or later will resolve this issue.

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