VirtualBox 5.2.8 Released with Linux Kernel 4.15 Support

Last updated on April 18th, 2018

Oracle VirtualBox 5.2.8 was released a day ago. For Linux guests, Kernel 4.15 now is supported and black screen issue when 3D enabled is fixed.

Changes in Virtualbox 5.2.8 include:

  • Added support for FSGSBASE, PCID, INVPCID CPU features for guests
  • fixed EMM386 issue with detecting suitable page frame base
  • Linux: prevent VM window from jumping and auto-resizing to tiny size after resizing it on HiDPI screen
  • Linux: fixed seamless regression caused by wm_class functionality
  • Front end: switched to https downloads
  • Fixed crash while opening New machine wizard
  • Added support for distinguishing recording sources in the PulseAudio mixer on the host when multiple VMs are running
  • Various fixes for the DirectSound backend
  • Added better file seeking support and fixed playback of recorded files with certain players (e.g. Firefox)
  • Various fixes for Windows guest surround setups and HDA emulation
  • Fixed an issue where the serial port parameters in the emulation and host serial port got out of sync
  • Fixed overwriting certain INQUIRY data for the DVD/CD drive attached to a AHCI controller
  • Fixed handling VMDK images created by Amazon EC2 VM export
  • Fixed PXE boot regression in e1000
  • Added a workaround for older guests which do not enable bus mastering for the virtio PCI device
  • 3D: add environment variable to configure presenting 3D content on main thread
  • Windows hosts: fixed indiscriminate binding of NDIS5 bridged driver, that caused PPPOE malfunction
  • Windows guests: fixed incorrect function error when using shared folders in certain applications
  • Linux 4.15 support, fixed black screen when 3D enabled in Linux guests
  • Linux guests: suppress setuid and setgid in shared folders

How to Install Virtualbox 5.2.8 in Ubuntu:

1. If you’re still running with VirtualBox 5.1.x, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from application launcher. Remove old Virtualbox via command:

sudo apt-get remove virtualbox virtualbox-5.1

2. Download & install the latest Virtualbox package from the link below:

[ac-button url=”” target=”_blank”]Download VirtualBox for Linux[/ac-button]

3. If you’ve added the Oracle VBox repository, you can directly install the 5.2 release from Synaptic Package Manager or via apt command, after removing the old version.

To add the repository, do:

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

for Linux Mint 18.x, replace $(lsb_release -sc) with xenial in the code.

Setup the keyring so to trust the updates from the repository:

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

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

Finally install virtualbox 5.2 via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.2

With the repository added, you can simply install the future 5.2 series updates via Software Updater.