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VMware Workstation 7.1.4 Release Notes

VMware Workstation Version 7.1.4 | 29 MARCH 2011 | Build 385536

Last Document Update: 26 JULY 2011

Check frequently for additions and updates to these release notes.

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware Workstation 7.1.4 is a maintenance release that resolves some security issues and known problems. It also adds support for Windows 7 SP1 and Ubuntu 10.10 as guest and host operating systems, and Windows 2008 R2 SP1 as a host operating system.

Prior Releases of Workstation

Known problems from prior releases of VMware Workstation are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for the prior releases of VMware Workstation, see VMware Workstation 7.1.3, VMware Workstation 7.1.2, VMware Workstation 7.1.1, and VMware Workstation 7.1.

Resolved Issues

The following issues sections list the resolved issues in VMware Workstation 7.1.4.

Security Fixes

  • Workstation 7.1.4 addresses a local privilege escalation in the vmrun utility
    VMware vmrun is a utility that is used to perform various tasks on virtual machines. The vmrun utility runs on any platform with VIX libraries installed. It is installed in Workstation by default. In non-standard filesystem configurations, an attacker with the ability to place files into a predefined library path could take execution control of vmrun. This issue is present only in the version of vmrun that runs on Linux

    The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2011-1126 to this issue.

Other Resolved Issues

  • In Workstation 7.1, the default main memory VA cache size (mainMem.vaCacheSize) for 32-bit Windows guests was reduced to accommodate 3D emulation memory requirements. However, the reduced value resulted in performance loss. For 7.1.4, the default main memory VA cache size has been be increased to 1000 MB and performance is improved.
  • Because Workstation failed to identify more than 10 USB host controllers in newer Windows guests, some USB devices did not appear in the Removable Devices menu. Now Workstation shows all USB devices in the Removable Devices menu as long as they are connected to the first identified 16 USB controllers.
  • When using the Capture Movie option, the captured video stopped playing around the 1GB mark if the video file exceeded 1GB. Now you can capture and play video files that are greater than 1GB.
  • The application vmware-modconfig UI could not start up in a KDE 4 session in a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11 environment.
  • On Windows host systems that have more than 4GB of memory, Workstation sometimes crashed during cryptographic operations, for example, when performing disk encryption.
  • VMware Tools upgrade could be started by a non-administrator user from the VMware Tools Control Panel in a Windows guest. In this release, only administrator users can start VMware Tools upgrade from the VMware Tools Control Panel. To prevent non-administrator users from starting VMware Tools upgrade from a guest by using other applications, set isolation.tools.autoinstall.disable to TRUE in the virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file.
  • When a virtual machine running on a Windows host was used to access an Omron Industrial CP1L Programmable Logic Controller, Workstation generated an unrecoverable error.
  • When using NAT virtual networking on Windows hosts, the traceroute command did not work when used within virtual machines.
  • The Easy Install feature did not work for Fedora 14 guest operating systems.
  • During VMware Tools installation on a Fedora 14 64-bit guest operating system, the following warning message was generated while building the vsock module: case value '255' not in enumerated type 'socket_state'.
  • Workstation crashed with an access violation when a user tried to open the sidebar after closing all tabs in Quick Switch mode.
  • The Easy Install feature did not work for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 guest operating systems.
  • The VMware Tools HGFS provider DLL caused a deadlock when making calls to the WNetAddConnection2 function from an application such as eEye Rentina in a Windows guest operating system.
  • There was no option to disable guest time sync when a host resumes. Now you can set time.synchronize.resume.host to FALSE in the virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file to disable guest time sync when a host resumes. See VMware Knowledge Base Article 1189 for other time sync options.
  • Setting a hidden attribute on a file in a shared folder from a Windows guest on a Linux host failed with an error. This problem caused applications such as SVN checkout to fail when checking out to shared folders on Linux hosts from Windows guests.
  • When the latest NVIDIA 270.x drivers are installed on a Linux host system, users could not run virtual machines with 3D acceleration enabled.

Known Issues

The known issues for VMware Workstation are grouped by topic in the following sections.

Software Updates

The known issue under this section is only applicable when upgrading from the VMware Workstation 7.1 release candidate to the current VMware Workstation 7.1 release.
  • Upgrading VMware Workstation on non-English versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 hosts might cause the vmUpdateLauncher.exe program to fail and trigger high CPU and memory usage.
    Workaround: In the %PROGRAMFILES%\VMware\VMware Workstation directory, replace the vmUpdateLauncher.exe file with the one available on VMware Communities.

Installation, Upgrade, and Compatibility

  • The WDDM graphics driver included in the VMware Workstation 7.1 release is not compatible with VMware Workstation 7.0 and earlier releases. To run a virtual machine in an older version of VMware Workstation, revert to the previous version of the WDDM driver.
    Workaround: Uninstall the current version of VMware Tools and install the previously released version.
  • On Windows hosts, if VMware applications or virtual machines are running under a different user, then the current user might not be able to upgrade VMware Workstation concurrently.
    Workaround: To upgrade VMware Workstation, complete the following steps:
    1. Open Windows Task Manager.
    2. Verify that VMware applications or virtual machines are running under a different user.
    3. Switch to that user.
    4. Close all VMware applications and virtual machines.
    5. Switch back and upgrade VMware Workstation.
    If you do not have the proper permission to switch, contact your system administrator.
  • On Linux hosts, changes to the System proxy settings and Manual proxy settings might take effect after you restart VMware Workstation.
  • On Windows Server 2008 hosts, if you are not logged in as an Administrative user or your group policy disallows .msi installers, VMware Workstation and VMware Tools update might fail.
  • In some instances, using Easy Install to create a virtual machine with Kubuntu 10.04 might result in a blank screen after the virtual machine restarts for the first time.
    Workaround: Restart the virtual machine.
  • Installing the Linux version of VMware Workstation in a directory where the path contains spaces, might cause the OVF Tool to launch incorrectly.
    Workaround: To launch the OVF Tool, implement one of the following workarounds:
    • Install the Linux version of VMware Workstation in a directory path without spaces.
    • Edit line 23 of the ovftool script to contain the following command: "$OVFTOOL_BIN" "$@".
  • On SUSE 11.2 and possibly other Linux distributions, the sudo command does not preserve the DISPLAY environment, which could cause the VMware Workstation installer user interface to fail.
    Workaround: To preserve the DISPLAY environment add Defaults env_keep+="DISPLAY" to the /etc/sudoers file.
  • Installing VMware Workstation in a directory path that contains non-ASCII characters might cause an unsuccessful installation or cause guest application shortcuts to become unresponsive when you try to open them.
    Workaround: Install VMware Workstation in a directory path containing only ASCII characters.

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Display

  • In some cases, entering Unity mode on Windows 7 virtual machines with Aero configured to use more than two monitors could disable migration of Unity windows between monitors.
    Workaround: Exit and reenter Unity mode.
  • Exiting FIFA 08 game on Windows 7 guests and hosts with Aero enabled, might cause the desktop wallpaper to turn black.
  • Running OpenGL applications using full screen view across multiple displays on a Windows XP virtual machine might fail.
  • There are known issues with the ATI Linux driver 10.2. VMware recommends that you use ATI Linux driver 9.11 for the best 3D user experience.
  • On Fedora 13 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 virtual machines, Unity mode might not support maximizing virtual machine application windows.
  • When running Left 4 Dead application, transitioning the virtual machine between console view and full screen mode, might cause the application to display incorrectly.
    Workaround: Restart the application to restore display.

Integrated Virtual Debuggers

  • When you restart an Integrated Virtual Debugger live debugging session for a Visual Basic project in a virtual machine using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, the Remote Debug Monitor instance might become unresponsive.
    Workaround: In Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, manually stop the msvsmon.exe process in the guest. When a prompt appears to confirm whether you want to use the existing Remote Debug Monitor instance, select No and continue with the live debugging session. For Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, restart the Visual Studio 2010 program.
  • On Ubuntu 10.04 hosts, debugging with the Eclipse C/C++ Remote Debugging plug-in might fail with the error message "/usr/bin/xterm: can't execvp /mnt/hgfs/gdbserverDirectory/gdbserver: Protocol error".
  • Live debugging mode does not work on encrypted virtual machines.

Miscellaneous

  • Running a virtual machine on a Linux host with grsecurity patches might cause the host to restart unexpectedly.
  • Running a script event as root to suspend Fedora 13 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta 2 guest operating systems might not suspend the guests.
    Workaround: To suspend the Fedora 13 guest, apply a policy file greater than selinux-policy-3.7.19-57.fc13.
  • Attempting to restore a virtual machine snapshot on a host with Diskeeper 2010 installed might fail.
    Workaround: Upgrade to Diskeeper 2010 version 14.0.898.0 or later.
  • On Ubuntu 10.04 hosts, powering on a virtual machine with ThinPrint enabled might fail with the error message "thnuclnt: relocation error: /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libnss_files.so.2: symbol strcmp, version GLIBC_2.0 not defined in file libc.so.6 with link time reference".
  • Using fast user switching might cause unpredictable behavior in the Windows virtual machine, including problems with the mouse and with CPU usage.
    Workaround: Allow the Windows guest operating system to start and reach an idle state before you log in to the first user account.
  • Printer device might not work on Ubuntu 10.04 hosts.
    Workaround: Manually configure the network or USB printer to print from the virtual machine.
  • Converter does not support virtual disk size that exceeds 950GB.
    Workaround: Change the disk size value to 950GB.
  • Record/replay might not function properly if the virtual machine has a serial port configured to serial<port_number>.fileType = thinprint setting.
  • Full screen switch mode is no longer supported, but it is still documented in the Workstation User's Manual.
    Workaround: Disregard the documentation.

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