Software Update: VMware Workstation 6.5.3 build 185404

VMware has released version 6.5.3 build 185404 of its virtualization software Workstation. This package works under Linux and Windows and is able to run various operating systems on the host computer via a virtual machine. For the guest OS you can choose from different BSD variants, various Linux distributions, Solaris and Windows. For more information, we refer you to this page and this manual in pdf format. The list of changes from version 6.5.3 looks like this:

What’s New

Workstation 6.5.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. With this release of VMware Workstation, new support has been added.

Support for New Guest Operating Systems

VMware provides new support for the following guest operating system on Workstation 6.5.3:

  • Ubuntu 9.04 is fully supported.

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 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures ( has assigned the name CVE-2009-0040 to this issue.


  • On Linux hosts, Workstation will not exit normally if the Workspace preference Remember opened virtual machines between sessions is not selected.
  • 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.
  • Workstation 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.
  • 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 an Ubuntu 9.04 host.
  • On an Ubuntu 9.04 host clicking Tab > Home in a guest makes the Workstation user interface disappear, including the current windows and windows for all other open virtual machines.
  • On Windows hosts, videos that are recorded while toggling between full screen mode and standard screen mode fail to play in Windows and VLC media players.
  • Workstation 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 Workstation, because the virtual hardware layer has been modified.
  • Performance is slow when opening a Shared Folder for the first time in a Workstation Windows guest.
  • Drag and drop stops working when color depth is set to 16-bit on a Workstation guest.
  • When moving a virtual machine from a later version of Workstation to a 6.5.x version of Workstation, the taskbar icon indicates that a more current version of VMware Tools is available and that VMware Tools should be updated.
  • On Linux hosts, when you capture a screen shot to the clipboard by clicking VM > Capture Screen, and paste the image into an image editor, the image colors do not display correctly.
  • NAT networking does not work on the latest Windows operating systems.
  • If VMware Workstation is installed using administrative installation on a 64-bit Windows host, you cannot use Map or Disconnect Virtual Disks. If you attempt to use these features, the following message appears: Failed to initialize library for mounting and unmounting virtual disks.
  • Installing an Ubuntu 8.10 guest from a CD using Easy Install causes the Workstation to hang.
  • VMware Tools does not compile correctly on Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.04.
  • After uninstalling VMware Tools from an Ubuntu 8.10 guest, restart the guest to re-establish the netwok connection.
  • When upgrading VMware Tools on Ubuntu 9.04, the upgrade fails and a message appears indicating that the modules are already installed.
  • Default suspend and resume scripts do not activate or deactivate the network interfaces correctly in a 32-bit Ubuntu 9.04 guests.
  • Capturing multiple screen shots on an Ubuntu 9.0.4 host, using either the Capture Screen command or the Ctrl+Alt+Print key combination, causes the user interface to become unresponsive.

Version number 6.5.3 build 185404
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Linux x86, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP x64, Windows Server 2003 x64, Linux AMD64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64
Website VMware
License type Shareware