VMware Fusion

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VMware Fusion
VMWare Fusion 7.0 Icon.png
VMware Fusion running Windows 8.1 on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
VMware Fusion running Windows 8.1 on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Developer(s)VMware, Inc.
Stable release
11.0.1 / November 9, 2018; 5 days ago (2018-11-09)[1]
Written inC, x86 Assembly, C++ (GUI)[2]
Operating systemMac OS X
PlatformApple-Intel architecture
TypeHypervisor
LicenseCommercial proprietary software
Websitewww.vmware.com/products/fusion/

VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor developed by VMware for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their Mac OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.

Overview[edit]

VMware Fusion, made possible by the Apple–Intel transition, marked VMware's first entry into Macintosh-based x86 virtualization. VMware Fusion uses Intel VT present in the Intel Core microarchitecture platform. Much of the underlying technology in VMware Fusion is inherited from other VMware products, such as VMware Workstation, allowing VMware Fusion to offer features such as 64-bit and SMP support from the first beta version onward.

VMware Fusion 1.0 was released on August 6, 2007, exactly one year after being announced.[3]

System requirements[edit]

Version history[edit]

Version Released Notes
1.0 August 6, 2007 First release (following 4 betas).
1.1.0 November 12, 2007 Support for Leopard, Boot Camp, and improvements to DirectX support and Unity.
1.1.1 January 24, 2008 Various bug fixes.
1.1.2 April 23, 2008 Support for Time Machine and various bug fixes.
1.1.3 May 30, 2008 Various bug fixes.
2.0 September 12, 2008 Multiple Snapshots with AutoProtect, Improved Unity, DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 2 3D, and support for Mac OS X Server guests.
2.0.1 November 14, 2008 Various bug fixes.
2.0.2 February 11, 2009 Import from Parallels, supports Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 host, mounts DMG images, supports Ubuntu 8.10 in Unity mode.[5]
2.0.3 April 2, 2009 Various bug fixes. Adds experimental support for Snow Leopard Developer Builds.[6]
2.0.4 April 9, 2009 Fixed Host code execution vulnerability.[7]
2.0.5 June 23, 2009 Support for Nehalem Mac Pro. Experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 as guest. Support for Ubuntu 9.04 as guest. Various bug fixes.[8]
2.0.6 October 1, 2009 Fixed issues when running on Snow Leopard. Fixed issues with NVidia graphics cards on Mac OS X 10.6. Various bug fixes.[9]
2.0.7 April 8, 2010 Fixed security issues, accepts VMware Fusion 3 license keys.[10]
2.0.8 December 2, 2010 Maintenance release fixing Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) issue CVE-2010-4297.[11]
3.0 October 27, 2009 Added support for Windows 7 with Aero. Full 64‑bit compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 host and guest. DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3 3D. WDDM-compatible display driver.
3.0.1 December 10, 2009 Improved 3D & video performance, full support for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala), 64‑bit networking subsystem, improved VMware Importer, improved VM resume times.[12]
3.0.2 February 18, 2010 Fixes a problem so that the latest release of Mac OS X 10.6 Server (Snow Leopard) can run in a virtual machine.[13]
3.1.0 May 25, 2010 Improved 3D & video performance, improved Unity view performance and integration, USB EasyConnect, improved migration assistant, 8‑core SMP support, increased virtual hard disk size, updated operating system support.[14]
3.1.1 August 12, 2010 Various bug fixes. VMware vSphere 4.1 is now supported as a guest operating system.[15]
3.1.2 December 2, 2010 Fixes various bugs and security issues.[16]
3.1.3 May 31, 2011 Fixes various bugs and security issues.[17]
3.1.4 April 13, 2012 Fixes a bug with starting virtual machines on OS X 10.7.4.[18]
4.0 September 14, 2011 Run Lion, Lion Server, Snow Leopard, Snow Leopard Server, and Leopard Server in virtual machines, up to 2.5x faster 3D graphics, add Windows programs to Launchpad, view in full screen, or in Mission Control.[19]
4.0.1 September 14, 2011 Contains an update that ensures that disk buffering is enabled when set to automatic.[20]
4.0.2 September 27, 2011 Addresses an issue starting virtual machines running a forthcoming version of Mac OS X Lion.[21]
4.1.0 November 17, 2011 Added support for Lion's full screen mode, improved performance, and reintroduced the ability to turn on virtual machines automatically when VMware Fusion is opened.[22]
4.1.1 November 23, 2011 Reintroduces the Mac OS X Server check after it was inadvertently omitted from 4.1.0.[23]
4.1.2 April 12, 2012 Adds early host and guest support in preparation for the future release of OS X Mountain Lion.
4.1.3 June 13, 2012 Various bug fixes[24]
4.1.4 November 8, 2012 Various bug fixes[25]
5.0.0 August 23, 2012 VMware Fusion 5 has been revamped to take advantage of new technologies only available in Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs
5.0.1 August 30, 2012 Improved handling of USB devices[26]
5.0.2 November 8, 2012 Various bug fixes[27]
5.0.3 March 14, 2013 Various bug fixes[28]
5.0.4 December 11, 2013 Various bug fixes[29]
5.0.5 July 3, 2014 VMware Fusion 5.0.5 has been updated to the OPENSSL library version openssl- 0.9.8za where necessary to address CVE-2014-0224, CVE-2014-0198, CVE-2010-5298, and CVE-2014-3470.[30]
6.0.0 September 3, 2013
6.0.1 September 19, 2013
6.0.2 November 5, 2013
6.0.3 April 17, 2014 Maintenance release which resolved some known issues[31]
6.0.4 July 1, 2014 VMware Fusion 6.0.4 has been updated to the OPENSSL library version openssl-1.0.1h where necessary to address CVE-2014-0224, CVE-2014-0198, CVE-2010-5298, and CVE-2014-3470.[32]
6.0.5 October 16, 2014 VMware Fusion 6.0.5 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues [33]
6.0.6 April 23, 2015 VMware Fusion 6.0.6 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues [34]
7.0.0 September 3, 2014 OS X Yosemite look and feel, support of Yosemite and Windows 8.1, optimized for Haswell Intel processors with performance improvements of up to 43% vs Fusion 6, allocate up to 2 Gb of video memory per virtual machine, improved support for Retina Macs® connected to non-Retina displays, energy impact reduced by 42%, automate GPU switching for dual GPU Macs, virtual web camera compatible with iSight and external webcams, improved guest OS compatibility, over 50 new features.
7.1.1 February 17, 2015
7.1.2 June 15, 2015 VMware Fusion 7.1.2 has been updated to use OpenSSL library version openssl-1.0.1m which addresses several OpenSSL security issues[35]
7.1.3 November 12, 2015 Maintenance release [36]
8.0 August 24, 2015 OS X El Capitan support for both host and guest OS; Windows 10 support for guest OS. New support for Ubuntu 15.04, Fedora 22, CentOS 7.1, RHEL 7.1, Oracle Linux 7.1, VMware Project Photon. Graphics support updated for DirectX10 and OpenGL 3.3. Improvements for encrypted virtual machines. Improved resolution settings. VMware vCloud Air Integration (Fusion 8 Pro only). Improved remote experience (Fusion 8 Pro only). Support IPv6 NAT network (Fusion 8 Pro only). Support the retina Macs, including iMac 5k and 12" MacBook. Echo cancellation for voice and video calls with Microsoft Lync and Skype. USB 3 support for Windows 7 VM's. Improved Start menu. Improved new VM creator.[37]
8.0.1 October 1, 2015 Maintenance Release. Fixes an issue involving installing El Capitan as a guest OS.[38]
8.0.2 October 29, 2015 Maintenance Release. Fixes issues with virtual machines crashing, and other compatibility fixes.[39]
8.1 December 8, 2015 Maintenance Release. Fixes issues with Windows 10 easy installation and other compatibility improvements.[40]
8.1.1 April 21, 2016 Maintenance Release. Fixes issues with nat and port forwarding and other compatibility improvements.[41]
8.5 September 8, 2016 Maintenance Release. Full support for macOS Sierra, including Tabs and Siri support and Windows 10 Anniversary edition.[42]
8.5.1 October 27, 2016 Maintenance Release. Fixes a hang/crash issue on Linux kernel 4.7 (and above), Intel-based hosts, as well as other issues. [43]
8.5.2 November 13, 2016 Maintenance Release. Addresses an out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability related to the drag-and-drop feature. This may allow a guest to execute code on the operating system that runs VMware Fusion. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the identifier CVE-2016-7461 to this issue. [44]
8.5.3 November 29, 2016 Maintenance Release. Addresses an issue that could cause Fusion on mac OS 10.12 to encounter an error. [45]
8.5.4 March 9, 2017 Maintenance Release. It contains bug fixes, security updates, and performance improvements. [46]
8.5.5 March 14, 2017 Maintenance Release. Addresses an out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability related to the drag-and-drop feature. This vulnerability might allow a guest to execute code on the operating system that runs VMware Fusion. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project assigned the identifier CVE-2017-4901 to this issue. [47]
8.5.6 March 28, 2017 Maintenance Release. It contains bug fixes and security updates. [48]
8.5.7 May 18, 2017 Maintenance Release. Day 0 support of the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) as a guest operating system and contains bug fixes and security updates. [49]
8.5.8 June 22, 2017 Maintenance Release. It contains bug fixes and security updates. [50]
8.5.10 January 9, 2018 Maintenance Release. This update of VMware Fusion exposes hardware support for branch target injection mitigation to VMware guests. This hardware is used by some guest operating systems to mitigate CVE-2018-5715 (also called by the name "Spectre"). [51]
10.0 September 26, 2017 In addition to supporting macOS 10.13 High Sierra as both Host and Guest, Fusion 10 supports Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the latest updates for Server 2016. [52]
10.1.0 December 21, 2017 Improved guest support of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Version 1709) [53]

Includes VMware Tools 10.2.0

11.0 September 25, 2018 In addition to supporting macOS Mojave as both Host and Guest, Fusion 11 supports Windows 10 October 2018 Update and the latest updates for Server 2016. Other notable features include: Enhanced Metal Graphics Rendering Engine with Direct3D 10.1, updated user interface and application menu, improved Fusion REST API, one-click SSH, new vSphere view, VMware Virtual Hardware Platform version 16. [54]
11.0.1 November 9, 2018 Maintenance Release. It contains bug fixes for a compatibility issue with other hypervisor software. [55]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Virtualization Software - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7884548/most-of-the-virtualization-products-developed-by-vmware-citrix-microsoft-etc-are
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  39. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.0.2 Release Notes". VMware. 2015-10-29.
  40. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.1 Release Notes". VMware. 2015-12-08.
  41. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.1.1 Release Notes". VMware. 2016-04-21.
  42. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.5 Release Notes". VMware. 2016-09-13.
  43. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.5.1 Release Notes". VMware. 2016-10-27.
  44. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.5.2 Release Notes". VMware. 2016-11-13.
  45. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.5.3 Release Notes". VMware. 2016-11-29.
  46. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.5.4 Release Notes". VMware. 2017-03-10.
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  54. ^ "VMware Fusion 11.0 Release Notes". VMware. 2017-09-25.
  55. ^ "VMware Fusion 11.0.1 Release Notes". VMware. 2017-11-09.

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