Install Virtualbox 4.2.24 in Ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.04/12.10

March 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

virtualbox 4.2.24

The virtualbox 4.2 series gets a new updates. Here’s how to install or upgrade it in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.

Virtualbox 4.2.24 is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • GUI: experimental HID LEDs synchronization for Windows and Mac OS X hosts: fixed keyboard re-synchronization if the feature is disabled (as done by default; bug #12758)
  • GUI: experimental HID LEDs synchronization for Windows hosts, see the manual for more information
  • GUI: make sure that a minimized guest (using mini toolbar in full screen / seamless mode) keeps the minimized state (bug #12199)
  • AHCI: ejecting a CD/DVD medium failed under certain conditions
  • NAT: transparent handling of host sleep/resume and network configuration changes if the dnsproxy is enabled or if the hostresolver is used (bug #12441)
  • NAT: fixed crash and misbehaviour under some circumstances with ICMP packets having TTL=1
  • 3D support: several fixes, multiscreen fixes (e.g. bug #9124)
  • API: fix crashes in Java API clients using the XPCOM binding, happened with output parameters only (bug #11232)
  • API: fixed guest misbehavior under certain conditions if a storage medium was attached or removed at VM runtime
  • VBoxSVC: documented the handling of host power management events (see the manual for more information) and added an extradata item for configuring the handling of the battery-low event (bug #9925)
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a bug which could trigger a crash if a VM snapshot was restored the second time and the VM has associated bandwidth groups (bug#12569)
  • VBoxSVC: fix segmentation fault on Linux hosts if a very long path exists under /dev (bug #12760)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed issue when the application icon was frozen in the dock if the bridging interface was not connected to a network (bug #12241)
  • Linux hosts / guests: don’t warn in kernel log if memory allocation fails (bug #11171)
  • Windows hosts / guests: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables (relevant for Guest Control)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed autostart SMF script (bug #11720)
  • Windows Additions: several bugfixes for the credential provider auto-logon module
  • Linux / Solaris Additions: don’t automount a shared folder which is already mounted
  • Install:

    Method 1: directly download and install the deb package from the official page

    Method 2: You can also install virtualbox from its repository and receive updates by running the commands below one by one:

    Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open a terminal window. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2

    The first command will add the virtualbox repository to your system, and the second will download and import the key. After that, you’re able to install or upgrade to virtualbox-4.2 via your package manager or via the last 2 commands.

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