Thursday Jul 11, 2013

VirtualBox 4.2.16 is now available

On July 4, 2013, the VirtualBox development team released version 4.2.16 and it is available for download.

This is a maintenance release for version 4.2 and contains a relatively small number updates, but one important fix for appliance importing. Here is the list from the official Changelog.

  • OVF/OVA: don't crash on import if no manifest is used (4.2.14 regression; bug #11895)
  • GUI: do not restore the current snapshot if we power-off after a Guru Mediation
  • Storage: fixed a crash when hotplugging an empty DVD drive to the VM
  • Storage: fixed a crash when a guest read from a DVD drive attached to the SATA controller under certain circumstances
  • EFI: don't fail with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11456)
  • Autostart: fixed VM startup on OS X
  • Windows hosts: native Windows 8 controls
  • Windows hosts: restore native style on Vista 32
  • Windows hosts / guests: Windows 8.1 adaptions (bug #11899)
  • Mac OS X hosts: after removing VirtualBox with VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool, remove it from the pkgutil --pkgs list as well

    The full changelog can be found here.

    You can download binaries for Solaris, Linux, Windows and MacOS hosts at
    http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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  • Monday Jun 24, 2013

    VirtualBox 4.2.14 is now available

    The VirtualBox development team has just released version 4.2.14, and it is now available for download. This is a maintenance release for version 4.2 and contains quite a few fixes. Here is the list from the official Changelog.

  • VMM: another TLB invalidation fix for non-present pages
  • VMM: fixed a performance regression (4.2.8 regression; bug #11674)
  • GUI: fixed a crash on shutdown
  • GUI: prevent stuck keys under certain conditions on Windows hosts (bugs #2613, #6171)
  • VRDP: fixed a rare crash on the guest screen resize
  • VRDP: allow to change VRDP parameters (including enabling/disabling the server) if the VM is paused
  • USB: fixed passing through devices on Mac OS X host to a VM with 2 or more virtual CPUs (bug #7462)
  • USB: fixed hang during isochronous transfer with certain devices (4.1 regression; Windows hosts only; bug #11839)
  • USB: properly handle orphaned URBs (bug #11207)
  • BIOS: fixed function for returning the PCI interrupt routing table (fixes NetWare 6.x guests)
  • BIOS: don't use the ENTER / LEAVE instructions in the BIOS as these don't work in the real mode as set up by certain guests (e.g. Plan 9 and QNX 4)
  • DMI: allow to configure DmiChassisType (bug #11832)
  • Storage: fixed lost writes if iSCSI is used with snapshots and asynchronous I/O (bug #11479)
  • Storage: fixed accessing certain VHDX images created by Windows 8 (bug #11502)
  • Storage: fixed hang when creating a snapshot using Parallels disk images (bug #9617)
  • 3D: seamless + 3D fixes (bug #11723)
  • 3D: version 4.2.12 was not able to read saved states of older versions under certain conditions (bug #11718)
  • Main/Properties: don't create a guest property for non-running VMs if the property does not exist and is about to be removed (bug #11765)
  • Main/Properties: don't forget to make new guest properties persistent after the VM was terminated (bug #11719)
  • Main/Display: don't lose seamless regions during screen resize
  • Main/OVF: don't crash during import if the client forgot to call Appliance::interpret() (bug #10845)
  • Main/OVF: don't create invalid appliances by stripping the file name if the VM name is very long (bug #11814)
  • Main/OVF: don't fail if the appliance contains multiple file references (bug #10689)
  • Main/Metrics: fixed Solaris file descriptor leak
  • Settings: limit depth of snapshot tree to 250 levels, as more will lead to decreased performance and may trigger crashes
  • VBoxManage: fixed setting the parent UUID on diff images using sethdparentuuid
  • Linux hosts: work around for not crashing as a result of automatic NUMA balancing which was introduced in Linux 3.8 (bug #11610)
  • Windows installer: force the installation of the public certificate in background (i.e. completely prevent user interaction) if the --silent command line option is specified
  • Windows Additions: fixed problems with partial install in the unattended case
  • Windows Additions: fixed display glitch with the Start button in seamless mode for some themes
  • Windows Additions: Seamless mode and auto-resize fixes
  • Windows Additions: fixed trying to to retrieve new auto-logon credentials if current ones were not processed yet
  • Windows Additions installer: added the /with_wddm switch to select the experimental WDDM driver by default
  • Linux Additions: fixed setting own timed out and aborted texts in information label of the lightdm greeter
  • Linux Additions: fixed compilation against Linux 3.2.0 Ubuntu kernels (4.2.12 regression as a side effect of the Debian kernel build fix; bug #11709)
  • X11 Additions: reduced the CPU load of VBoxClient in drag'and'drop mode
  • OS/2 Additions: made the mouse wheel work (bug #6793)
  • Guest Additions: fixed problems copying and pasting between two guests on an X11 host (bug #11792)

    The full changelog can be found here.

    You can download binaries for Solaris, Linux, Windows and MacOS hosts at
    http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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  • Saturday Apr 13, 2013

    VirtualBox 4.2.12 is now available

    The VirtualBox development team has just released version 4.2.12, and it is now available for download. This is a maintenance release for version 4.2 and contains the following fixes.

  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation on putting Linux guest CPU online if nested paging is disabled
  • VMM: invalidate TLB entries even for non-present pages
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: fixed a crash on visual-mode change
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: disabled guest-screens should now remain disabled on visual-mode change
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: handle host/guest screen plugging/unplugging in different visual-modes
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: seamless mode: fixed a bug when empty seamless screens were represented by fullscreen windows
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: each machine window in multi-screen configuration should have correct menu-bar now (Mac OS X hosts)
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: machine window View menu should have correct content in seamless/fullscreen mode now (Mac OS X hosts)
  • GUI: VM manager: vertical scroll-bars should be now updated on content/window resize
  • GUI: VM settings: fixed crash on machine state-change event
  • GUI: don't show warnings about enabled or disabled mouse integration if the VM was restored from a saved state
  • Virtio-net: properly announce that the guest has to handle partial TCP checksums
  • Storage: Fixed incorrect alignment of VDI images causing disk size changes when using snapshots
  • Audio: fixed broken ALSA & PulseAudio on some Linux hosts due to invalid symbol resolution
  • PS/2 keyboard: re-apply keyboard repeat delay and rate after a VM was restored from a saved state
  • BIOS: updated DMI processor information table (type 4): corrected L1 & L2 cache table handles
  • Timekeeping: fix several issues which can lead to incorrect time, Solaris guests sporadically showed time going briefly back to Jan 1 1970
  • Main/Metrics: disk metrics are collected properly when software RAID, symbolic links or rootfs are used on Linux hosts
  • VBoxManage: don't stay paused after a snapshot was created and the VM was running before
  • VBoxManage: introduced controlvm nicpromisc
  • VBoxManage: don't crash on controlvm guestmemoryballoon if the VM isn't running
  • VBoxHeadless: don't filter guest property events as this would affect all clients
  • Guest control: prevent double CR in the output generated by guest commands and do NLS conversion
  • Linux hosts / guests: fixed build errors on Linux 3.5 and newer kernels if the CONFIG_UIDGID_STRICT_TYPE_CHECKS config option is enabled
  • Linux Additions: handle fall-back to VESA driver on RedHat-based guests if vboxvideo cannot be loaded
  • Linux Additions: RHEL/OEL/CentOS 6.4 compile fix
  • Linux Additions: Debian Linux kernel 3.2.0-4 (3.2.39) compile fix
  • Linux Additions: added auto-logon support for Linux guests using LightDM as the display manager
  • Windows Additions: Support for multimonitor. Dynamic enable/disable of secondary virtual monitors. Support for XPDM/WDDM based guests
  • X11 Additions: support X.Org Server 1.14

    The full changelog can be found here.

    You can download binaries for Solaris, Linux, Windows and MacOS hosts at
    http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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  • Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

    VirtualBox 4.1.20 is now available

    VirtualBox 4.1.20 has been released and is now available. This is a maintenance release for version 4.1 and contains the following fixes.

  • VMM: fixed a crash under rare circumstances for VMs running without hardware virtualization
  • VMM: fixed a code analysis bug for certain displacement instructions for VMs running without hardware virtualization
  • VMM: fixed an interpretion bug for TPR read instructions under rare conditions (AMD-V only)
  • Snapshots: fixed a crash when restoring an old snapshot when powering off a VM (bugs #9604, #10491)
  • VBoxSVC: be more tolerant against environment variables with strange encodings (bug #8780)
  • VGA: fixed wrong access check which might cause a crash under certain conditions
  • NAT: final fix for crashes under rare conditions (bug #10513)
  • Virtio-net: fixed the problem with receiving of GSO packets in Windows XP guests causing packet loss in host-to-VM transfers
  • HPET: several fixes (bugs #10170, #10306)
  • Clipboard: disable the clipboard by default for new VMs
  • BIOS: the PCI BIOS was not properly detected with the chipset type set to ICH9 (bugs #9301, #10327)
  • Mac OS X hosts: adaptions to Mountain Lion
  • Linux Installer: fixes for Gentoo Linux (bug #10642)
  • Linux guests: fixed mouse integration on Fedora 17 guests (bug #2306)
  • Linux Additions: compile fixes for RHEL/CentOS 6.3 (bug #10756)
  • Linux Additions: compile fixes for Linux 3.5-rc1 and Linux 3.6-rc1 (bug #10709)
  • Solaris host: fixed a guru meditation while allocating large pages (bug #10600)
  • Solaris host: fixed possible kernel panics while freeing memory
  • Solaris Installer: fixed missing icon for menu and desktop shortcuts

    The full changelog can be found here.

    You can download binaries for Windows, OS X (Intel Mac), Linux and Solaris hosts at
    http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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