Archives For virtualbox 4.2

Oracle virtualbox

Still using the VirtualBox 4.2 series? Oracle has recently released an update, VirtualBox 4.2.28, with various Linux related bug fixes, including Linux Kernel 3.19 fixes, Gnome Session crashes, etc.

Below is the full list of changes:

  • VMM: fixed a potential misbehavior after restoring the A20 state from a saved state
  • VRDP: fixed a rare crash when using remote audio input
  • Floppy: fixed read errors and guest memory corruption when running under control of QEMM
  • Storage: fixed data corruption when resizing VHD images under certain circumstances
  • NAT: fixed handling of the RFC 1533 DHCP PAD option
  • X11 hosts: Made the extra key on Brazilian Thinkpads work (bug #8745)
  • X11 hosts: fixed a problem of input focus cycles and immediately released key presses in full screen mode (bug #13238)
  • Linux guests: fix a crash in gnome-session (bug #13335)
  • Linux Additions: fixed a potential use-after-free when unloading the VBoxGuest module
  • Linux Additions: Linux 3.19 fixes (#13741)
  • X11 Additions: support X.Org Server 1.15 (bug #12623)
  • X11 guests: Add support for X.Org Server 1.16 (bug #13207)
  • X11 guests: fixed a wrong parameter in the video driver which caused problems with full-screen X11 clients (bug #2748)
  • X11 guests: fix a bug handling video driver display properties w

To install Virtualbox 4.2.28, download the installer from the link below (for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux systems):

Download VBox 4.2.28

For Debian/Ubuntu based system, you can also install/upgrade Vbox from its official repository. To do so:

1. Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add vbox repository:

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

2. Then install the keyring:

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

3. Finally update package cache and install or upgrade vbox 4.2.x:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2

Support for Ubuntu 8.04, Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 11.04, …, up to Ubuntu 14.10.

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.