VMware Player 2.5.3 Release Notes

VMware Player 2.5.3 | 20 August 2009 | Build 185404

Document last updated: August 21, 2009

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

Player 2.5.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. With this release of VMware Player, new support has been added.

Support for New Guest Operating Systems

VMware provides new support for the following guest operating system on Player 2.5.3:

  • Ubuntu 9.04 is fully supported.

See the Guest/Host OS tab on the VMware Compatibility Guide Web site for supported guests, installation instructions, and known issues.

Prior Releases of Player

Features from the prior releases of VMware Player are described in the following Release Notes:

Known Issues

Following are the known issues for Player 2.5.3:

  • While attempting to drag and drop a file to or from an Ubuntu 9.0.4 guest while in Unity mode some unusual behaviors have been reported, including failures to move files, screen refresh issues, and the inability to exit from Unity mode.
  • Drag and drop or copy and paste operations from a Windows XP guest to a 64-bit Ubuntu 9.04 host might produce the following error message: Error while copying.
  • When performing a drag and drop operation from the latest version of a Windows guest to a Ubuntu 9.0.4 host in Unity mode, an error message appears: The source and destination file names are the same. After cancelling the error message, you can drop the file successfully.
  • You will receive an error message after cancelling a drag and drop operation from the latest Windows guest to an Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop host.
  • If a guest is powered off while a drag and drop operation from a guest to a Linux host is in progress, drag and drop will not work after the guest is restarted. To workaround this issue, restart the host.
  • Enabling Assistive Technology on a 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.1 host prevents the Player from starting.
  • VMX hangs in an ATI fglrx driver on an Ubuntu 9.04 host.

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Resolved Issues

Following are the resolved issues in Player 2.5.3:

Security Fixes

  • New: Third party library libpng updated to 1.2.35. Several flaws were discovered in the way the third-party libpng library handled uninitialized pointers. An attacker could create a PNG image file in such a way, that when loaded by an application linked to libpng, it could cause the application to crash or execute arbitrary code at the privilege level of the user running the application. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-0040 to this issue.


  • Sometimes the VMwareUser.exe process on a Windows guest uses 100 percent of the CPU after a drag and drop operation because the operation has not been terminated properly.
  • The Etoken encryption USB device from Alladin Systems is not recognized in the preboot environment for a Windows XP virtual machine.
  • Player virtual machines that were converted from ESX virtual machines might fail if the display is set to 8-bit color.
  • After installing and configuring VMware Tools on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, the sound does not work after restarting the guest.
  • On a Windows XP Service Pack 2 guest, the Hardware Wizard stops responding when installing Logitech QuickCAm Pro 9000.
  • Add enhanced SVGA and mouse drivers to support X.Org server version 1.6.
  • A WLK DiskStress test fails with data corruption error on LSI Logic virtual device.
  • Moving files between shared folders or mapped drives in Windows guests that point to the same directory on the host, cause the files to disappear.
  • Pressing any keys while grabbing (for example, Ctrl+g) or ungrabbing become stuck on Ubuntu 9.04 host.
  • Player has been updated to power on the latest Microsoft Virtual PC files (.vhd). VMware recommends that you create a copy or linked clone of the image. If you do not create a copy, you cannot run the original virtual machine in VPC after running it in Player, because the virtual hardware layer has been modified.
  • Performance is slow when opening a Shared Folder for the first time in a Player Windows guest.
  • Drag and drop stops working when color depth is set to 16-bit on a Player guest.
  • When moving a virtual machine from a later version of Player to a 2.5.x version of Player, the taskbar icon indicates that a more current version of VMware Tools is available and that VMware Tools should be updated.
  • NAT networking does not work on the latest Windows operating systems.
  • After uninstalling VMware Tools from an Ubuntu 8.10 guest, restart the guest to re-establish the network connection.
  • Default suspend and resume scripts do not activate or deactivate the network interfaces correctly in a 32-bit Ubuntu 9.04 guests.

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