Virtualbox 5.1.10 Released with Kernel 4.9 Fixes

Last updated: November 23, 2016


A new maintenance release for the 5.1 series, Virtualbox 5.1.10, has been released. For Linux, it brings fixes to Kernel 4.9 and Linux kernel module override rule.

Other changes in Virtualbox 5.1.10:

  • GUI: the USB filter settings dialog should allow to specify the USB revision in hexadecimal format
  • GUI: fixed crash on certain hosts when pressing certain key combinations (Windows hosts only)
  • GUI: fixed issue with updating the available-geometry on host-screen work-area resize
  • GUI: don’t crash / hang on certain environments if accessibility support is enabled
  • GUI: fixed various issues in Unscaled HiDPI Output mode
  • GUI: extend the VM Input menu with Print Screen-related actions
  • GUI: improved handling of inserting the Guest Additions ISO image by trying all available optical drives rather than only the first one and by not asking the user if he wants to force unmounting
  • API: default to RTC using UTC for Solaris 11 guests
  • Settings: be less restrictive when reading a VM configuration containing a host-only adapter without an interface name
  • Storage: fixed resizing VDI images resulting in an unbootable image under certain circumstances
  • NAT: fixed several 5.1.8 regressions on Mac OS X and Windows hosts
  • Audio: fixed a few 5.1.x regressions by using the audio code from 5.0.x until the audio overhaul is completed
  • VBoxManage: fixed documentation of the storagectl command
  • Build system: another fix for building VirtualBox on systems which default to Python 3
  • Windows hosts: hardening fix for Windows 10 build 14971
  • Windows Additions: properly start the VirtualBox guest services even if the guest user name contains special characters
  • Solaris Additions: fixed preemptible mouse notification callback being executed under a spinlock for Solaris guests

How to Install Virtualbox 5.1.10 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu editions, the official .deb binaries are available for download the the link below:

Download Virutalbox for Linux

Then click to open the .deb via Ubuntu Software and install it.

For those who have a previous Virtualbox 5.1.x installed, you may add the VBOX Linux repository to receive updates via Software Updater:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

You may replace xenial in the code with yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10 or trusty for Ubuntu 14.04.

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. And setup the key to trusty the updates from that repository:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

For Ubuntu 14.04, use the old one:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Finally upgrade Virtualbox by launching Software Updater:

upgrade virtualbox

Or just run command in terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install virtualbox-5.1


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