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VMware Workstation 8.0.4 Release Notes

VMware Workstation 8.0.4 | 13 JUNE 2012 | Build 744019

Last updated: 13 JUNE 2012

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware Workstation 8.0.4 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. It is a free update for all VMware Workstation 8 users.

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 the following links.

Resolved Issues

The following issues are resolved in this release of VMware Workstation.

General Issues

  • Linux guests running the Linux kernel version 2.6.34 or later could not be pinged from the host via an IPv6 address.
  • On rare occasions, Linux guests would suddenly fail to Autofit or enter Unity.
  • Unity mode would exit if the title bar of an application contained certain non UTF-8 encoded extended ASCII characters.
  • On Windows hosts, the VMware Workstation user interface sometimes became unresponsive when minimized from full-screen mode if the suggestion balloon was being displayed.
  • On Windows hosts, the user interface sometimes became unresponsive if the application was rendered on an extended display that was abruptly disconnected.

Security Issues

  • VMware host Checkpoint file memory corruption
    Input data was not properly validated when loading Checkpoint files. This issue could have allowed an attacker with the ability to load a specially crafted Checkpoint file to execute arbitrary code on the host.
    The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-3288 to this issue.
  • VMware virtual machine remote device denial of service
    A device (such as CD-ROM or keyboard) that is available to a virtual machine while physically connected to a system that does not run the virtual machine is referred to as a remote device. Traffic coming from remote virtual devices was incorrectly handled. This issue could have allowed an attacker who was capable of manipulating the traffic from a remote virtual device to crash the virtual machine.
    The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-3289 to this issue.

VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2012-0011 documents workarounds and mitigation for these resolved issues.

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Known Issues

Known issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation 8 also might apply to VMware Workstation 8.0.4.

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