VirtualBox

VirtualBox 7.0.6

VirtualBox 7.0.6 (released January 17 2023)

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

  • VMM: Fixed guru running the FreeBSD loader on older Intel CPUs without unrestricted guest support (bug #21332)
  • GUI: Fixed virtual machines grouping when VM was created or modified in command line (bugs #11500, #20933)
  • GUI: Introduced generic changes in settings dialogs
  • VirtioNet: Fixed broken network after loading saved state (bug #21172)
  • Storage: Added support for increasing the size of the following VMDK image variants: monolithicFlat, monolithicSparse, twoGbMaxExtentSparse, twoGbMaxExtentFlat
  • VBoxManage: Added missing --directory switch for guestcontrol mktemp command
  • Mouse Integration: Guest was provided with extended host mouse state (bug #21139)
  • DnD: Introduced generic improvements
  • Guest Control: Fixed handling creation mode for temporary directories (bug #21394)
  • Linux Host and Guest: Added initial support for building UEK7 kernel on Oracle Linux 8
  • Linux Host and Guest: Added initial support for RHEL 9.1 kernel
  • Windows Host: Fixed support for VM autostart (bug#21349)
  • Linux Guest Additions: Added initial support for kernel 6.2 for vboxvideo
  • Audio: The "--audio" option in VBoxManage is now marked as deprecated; please use "--audio-driver" and "--audio-enabled" instead. This will allow more flexibility when changing the driver and/or controlling the audio functionality
VirtualBox 7.0.4 (released November 18 2022)

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

  • VMM: Added nested paging support for nested virtualization (Intel hosts only)
  • VMM: Fixed rare guru meditations with certain guests on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) (bug #21237)
  • VMM: Fixed possible VM process crash on Windows hosts when Hyper-V is used with certain guests (bug #21174)
  • VMM: Fixed Windows XP guest hang or BSOD on AMD CPUs under certain circumstances (bug #21256)
  • GUI: Various bugfixes for the Guest Control file manager
  • GUI: Added more informative file operations in the Guest Control file manager
  • GUI: Added an option to the global settings (the display page) to resize user interface font
  • GUI: Fixed a regression in new vm wizard. Selected virtual disks are no longer deleted when the wizard is cancelled (bug #21244)
  • GUI: Added a new menu item to the devices menu to optionally upgrade the guest additions.
  • VirtioSCSI: Fixed recognition of the virtio SCSI controller by the EFI firmware (bug #21200)
  • VirtioSCSI: Fixed hang when shutting down the VM if the virtio SCSI controller is used (bug #21144)
  • virtio-net: Workaround a bug in the virtio-net driver included in FreeBSD version up to 12.3 which renders the device non functional (bug #21201)
  • Storage: Fixed I/O errors with the VirtioSCSI controller when the host I/O cache is enabled (bug #19717)
  • VBoxManage: Fixed regression when 'createmedium disk --variant RawDisk' command resulted in invalid .vmdk file (bug #21125)
  • Main: Restored input pointing device behavior in multi-monitor VM configuration (bug #21137)
  • Main: Fixed progress indication during automatic Linux Guest Additions installation
  • Guest Control: Fixed path handling issues (bug #21095)
  • 3D: Fixed VM process crash on macOS with 3D enabled (bug #21232)
  • Linux Host and Guest: General improvements in startup scripts
  • Linux Guest Additions: Introduced initial support for RHEL 8.7 and 9.2 kernels (bug #21272, #21258)
  • Linux Guest Additions: Introduced initial support for SLES 15.4 kernels
  • Linux Guest Additions: Fixed kernel modules rebuild behavior on system shutdown
VirtualBox 7.0.2 (released October 20 2022)

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

  • Known issue: VMs having more than one vCPU configured will not work properly on macOS Catalina due to an unknown memory corruption issue. Either lower the number of vCPUs to 1 or upgrade to BigSur or later where the issue does not occur
  • Main: Fixed issue when VBoxSVC could become unresponsive if Extension Pack was not installed (bug #21167)
  • macOS hosts: Added workaround for a bug in the Hypervisor framework on Catalina causing VERR_NEM_MAP_PAGES_FAILED errors when starting a VM. (bug #21128)
  • macOS hosts: Re-introduced support for internal networking, this is considered a bit experimental still
  • macOS hosts: Fixed VM crash when the guest tries to access a microphone or webcam
  • Windows host: Shared Clipboard: Fixed issue when only 4Kb of host clipboard buffer was accessible to guest (bug #21149)
  • Linux Guest Additions: Introduced initial support for kernel 6.1
  • Linux Guest Additions: Fixed issue when VBoxClient seamless service caused a crash of some X11 applications (bug #21132)
  • Windows hosts: GUI: Fixed missing Qt libraries for vista style and sql driver (bug #21155)
  • GUI: Fixed a glitch in the log viewer which was causing wrong log file to be saved (bug #21156)
VirtualBox 7.0.0 (released October 10 2022)

This is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • Virtual machines can be fully encrypted now, including the VM config logs and saved states (CLI only for now)
  • OCI: Cloud virtual machines can be added to Virtual Machine Manager and controlled as local VMs
  • OCI: Cloud networks can now be configured via Network Manager tool same way as it is done for Host-only and NAT networks
  • GUI: Added a new utility similar to "top" or "resource monitor" which lists peformance statistics (CPU usage, RAM usage, disk I/O rate, etc.) of running guests
  • GUI: Reworked the new vm wizard to integrate the unattended guest OS installation and to have a more streamlined work flow
  • GUI: Added a new help viewer widget which enables the user manual to be navigated and searched
  • GUI: Adding new notification center unifying most of running progresses and error reporting around the GUI
  • GUI: Improved theme support on all platforms. Linux and macOS use native engine while for Windows host it is separately implemented.
  • GUI: Large icon update.
  • Audio recording: Now using Vorbis as the default audio format for WebM containers. Opus is no longer being used.
  • Audio: Added "default" host driver type to make it possible to move VMs (appliances) between different platforms without the need of changing the audio driver explicitly. When the "default" driver is selected, the best audio backend option for a platform will be used. This is the default for newly created VMs.
  • Guest Control: Implemented initial support for automatic updating of Guest Additions for Linux guests
  • Guest Control: Implemented ability to wait for and/or reboot the guest when updating Guest Additions via VBoxManage
  • VBoxManage: Added Guest Control "waitrunlevel" sub-command to make it possible to wait for a guest to reach a certain run level
  • Windows hosts: Added experimental support of running autostarted VMs in session 0, to allow running VMS even when a usser is not being logged in (disabled by default, please consult the manual)
  • macOS host: Dropped all kernel extensions. VirtualBox relies fully on the hypervisor and vmnet frameworks provided by Apple now. At the moment the implementation lacks "Internal Networking" functionality. This will be provided at a later date.
  • macOS host: Providing a Developer Preview package for systems with an Apple silicon CPU. This is unsupported work in progress, and is known to have very modest performance.
  • Linux Guest Additions: Reworked guest screen re-size functionality, added basic integration with some of guest Desktop Environments
  • Devices: Implemented new 3D support based on DirectX 11 (and DXVK on non Windows hosts)
  • Devices: Added virtual IOMMU devices (Intel and AMD variant)
  • Devices: Added virtual TPM 1.2 and 2.0 devices
  • Devices: The EHCI and XHCI USB controller devices are now part of the open source base package
  • EFI: Added support for Secure Boot
  • Debugging: Added experimental support for guest debugging through GDB and highly experimental support for guest debugging through KD/WinDbg
In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:

  • OCI: Cloud networking functionality is enhanced for local VMs, now local VMs could be connected to cloud networking
  • GUI: Improved behavior of the virtual machine list and various VM related tools in case multiple items are selected
  • GUI: On available platforms, added a new option to disable the host's screensaver
  • GUI: Reworked global preferences, machine settings and the wizards to improve stability and usability
  • GUI: Improving mouse handling in multi-monitor case on X11 platform
  • GUI: Medium enumeration engine was reworked to improve permormance
  • GUI: NAT Network stuff was moved from global preferences to global Network Manager tool
  • GUI: Extension Pack Manager was moved from global preferences to global tools
  • GUI: Improved overall accessibility
  • GUI: Migrating to recent Qt versions.
VirtualBox 6.1.38 (released September 02 2022)

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

  • GUI: Improvements in Native Language Support area
  • Main: OVF Export: Added support for exporting VMs containing Virtio-SCSI controllers
  • Recording settings: Fixed a regression which could cause not starting the COM server (VBoxSVC) under certain circumstances (bug #21034)
  • Recording: More deterministic naming for recorded files (will now overwrite old .webm files if present)
  • Linux Host and Guest Additions installer: Improved check for systemd presence in the system (bug #19033)
  • Linux Guest Additions: Introduced initial support for kernel 6.0
  • Linux Guest Additions: Additional fixes for kernel RHEL 9.1 (bug #21065)
  • Windows Guest Additions: Improvements in Drag and Drop area
VirtualBox 6.1.36 (released July 19 2022)

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

  • VMM: Fixed possible Linux guest kernel crash when configuring Speculative Store Bypass for a single vCPU VM
  • GUI: In the storage page of the virtual machine settings dialog, fixed a bug which disrupted mouse interaction with the native file selector on KDE
  • NAT: Prevent issue when host resolver incorrectly returned NXDOMAIN for unsupported queries (bug #20977)
  • Audio: General improvements in saved state area
  • Recording: Various fixes for settings handling
  • VGA: Performance improvements for screen updates when VBE banking is used
  • USB: Fixed rare crashes when detaching a USB device
  • ATA: Fixed NT4 guests taking a minute to eject CDs
  • vboximg-mount: Fixed broken write support (bug #20896)
  • SDK: Fixed Python bindings incorrectly trying to convert arbitrary byte data into unicode objects with Python 3, causing exceptions (bug #19740)
  • API: Fixed an issue when virtual USB mass storage devices or virtual USB DVD drives are added while the VM is not running are by default not marked as hot-pluggable
  • API: Initial support for Python 3.10
  • API: Solaris OS types cleanup
  • Windows host: Fixed regression in 6.1.32 leading to guest hangs when Hyper-V is used (bug #20787)
  • Windows host: Fixed possible issues with saving and restoring VM state when using Hyper-V/NEM mode
  • Linux and Solaris hosts: Allow to mount shared folder if it is represented as a symlink on a host side (bug #17491)
  • Linux Host and Guest drivers: Introduced initial support for kernels 5.18, 5.19 and RHEL 9.1 (bugs #20914, #20941)
  • Linux Host and Guest drivers: Better support for kernels built with clang compiler (bugs #20425 and #20998)
  • Solaris Guest Additions: General improvements in installer area
  • Solaris Guest Additions: Fixed guest screen resize in VMSVGA graphics configuration
  • Linux and Solaris Guest Additions: Fixed multi-screen handling in VBoxVGA and VBoxSVGA graphics configuration
  • Linux and Solaris Guest Additions: Added support for setting primary screen via VBoxManage
  • Linux and Solaris Guest Additions: Fixed X11 resources leak when resizing guest screens
  • Linux and Solaris Guest Additions: Fixed file descriptor leak when starting a process using guest control (bug #20902)
  • Linux and Solaris Guest Additions: Fixed guest control executing processes as root
  • Linux Guest Additions: Improved guests booting time by preventing kernel modules from being rebuilt when it is not necessary (bug #20502)
  • Windows Guest Additions: Fixed VBoxTray crash on startup in NT4 guests on rare circumstances
VirtualBox 6.1.34 (released March 22 2022)

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

  • VMM: Fix instruction emulation for "cmpxchg16b"
  • GUI: Improved GUI behavior on macOS Big Sur and later when kernel extensions are not loaded
  • EHCI: Addressed an issue with handling short packets (bug #20726)
  • Storage: Fixed a potential hang during disk I/O when the host I/O cache is disabled (bug #20875)
  • NVMe: Fixed loading saved state when nothing is attached to it (bug #20791)
  • DevPcBios: Addressed an issue which resulted in rejecting the detected LCHS geometry when the head count was above 16
  • virtio-scsi: Improvements
  • E1000: Improve descriptor handling
  • VBoxManage: Fixed handling of command line arguments with incomplete quotes (bug #20740)
  • VBoxManage: Improved 'natnetwork list' output
  • VBoxManage: NATNetwork: Provide an option (--ipv6-prefix) to set IPv6 prefix
  • VBoxManage: NATNetwork: Provide an option (--ipv6-default) to advertise default IPv6 route (bug #20714)
  • VBoxManage: Fix documentation of "usbdevsource add" (bug #20849)
  • Networking: General improvements in IPv4 and IPv6 area (bug #20714)
  • OVF Import: Allow users to specify a different storage controller and/or controller port for hard disks when importing a VM
  • Unattended install: Improvements
  • Shared Clipboard: Improved HTML clipboard handling for Windows host
  • MacOS host: Fix handling of non-ASCII characters in the guest control functionality (bug #20792)
  • Linux host and guest: Introduced initial support for kernel 5.17
  • Solaris package: Fixes for API access from Python
  • Solaris IPS package: Suppress dependency on libpython2.7.so.*
  • Linux host and guest: Fixes for Linux kernel 5.14
  • Linux Guest Additions: Fixed guest screen resize for older guests which are running libXrandr older than version 1.4
  • Linux Guest Additions: Introduced initial support for RHEL 8.6 kernels (bug #20877)
  • Windows guest: Make driver install smarter
  • Solaris guest: Addressed an issue which prevented VBox GAs 6.1.30 or 6.1.32 from being removed in Solaris 10 guests (bug #20780)
  • EFI: Fixed booting from FreeBSD ISO images (bug #19910)
VirtualBox 6.1.32 (released January 18 2022)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:
  • VMM: Changed the guest RAM management when using Hyper-V to be more compatible with HVCI (bug #20627 and #20694)
  • VMM: Workaround for OS/2 guest unstability on newer AMD CPUs due to a missing TLB flush in OS/2 (bug #20625)
  • GUI: Fixed keyboard focus loss in rare circumstances when using the mini toolbar in fullscreen mode
  • Audio: Fixed accidental creation of empty debug log file when the OSS audio backend was configured
  • E1000: Fix link status reporting for certain Linux kernels (some Oracle Linux ones, probably more)
  • Unattended installation: Fixed regression introduced in 6.1.28, causing partitioning failure for Windows XP to 10 (bug #20769)
  • Solaris host: Fixed regression in installer, failed on Solaris 10
  • Solaris host: Fix packaging regression, make vboxshell.py executable
  • Linux host: Fix access to some USB devices, device class was not correctly handled (bug #20721)
  • Guest: Fixed wrong mouse position if guest is in text mode
  • Guest Control: Fixed folders copying from host to guest and from guest to host
  • Guest Control: Fixes for UNICODE handling
  • Shared Clipboard: Improved HTML content exchange between X11 and Windows guests and hosts
  • OS/2 Additions: Fixed some issues with extended attributes in the shared folders (bug #19453)
VirtualBox 6.1.30 (released November 22 2021)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:
  • VMM: Fixed 6.1.28 regression preventing VMs starting when using Hyper-V mode on Windows 10
  • GUI: Fixed inability to complete First Run wizard after browsing for an external image
  • GUI: Fixed crash on macOS Big Sur while browsing for an external image from First Run wizard
  • GUI: Fixed bug on Windows with inability to save taken screenshot under a folder with native name (bug #15561)
  • GUI: Fixed bug on X11 with drag and drop initiated on single mouse click in VM storage settings
  • GUI: Fixed settings check on machines not supporting hardware virtualization
  • GUI: Non critical media related errors should not cause modal pop-up error messages
  • Host-only networking: Fixed crash parsing /etc/vbox/networks.conf
  • DVD: Fixed drive lock handling across VM reset
  • VBoxHeadless: Fixed crash when running on macOS Monterey (bug #20636)
  • VBoxManage: Fixed incorrect help text for "hostonlyif"
  • vboximg-mount: Error message if no image is specified
  • macOS host: fix multiple bugs specific to macOS Monterey in installer and startup of kernel extensions
  • macOS host: show message indicating the unsupported CPU on M1 based Macs and abort installation
  • Linux host: For all distribution specific packages (deb/rpm format) fix the packaging so that the feature for unattended installation of guest OSes works
  • Linux host and guest: Introduced initial support for kernel 5.16
  • Shared Clipboard: Improved communication between guest and host when guest has no clipboard data to report
  • Linux Guest Additions: Allow running only one VBoxDRMClient instance (bug #19373)
Für Windows 11 ist nun Passthrough von TPM 2.0 an die VM möglich.

VirtualBox 6.1.28 (released October 19 2021)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:
  • VMM: Fixed guru meditation while booting nested-guests accessing debug registers under certain conditions
  • UI: Bug fixes for touchpad-based scrolling
  • VMSVGA: Fixed VM black screen issue on first resize after restoring from saved state (bug #20067)
  • VMSVGA: Fixed display corruption on Linux Mint (bug #20513)
  • Storage: Fixed a possible write error under certain circumstances when using VHD images (bug #20512)
  • Network: Multiple updates in virtio-net device support
  • Network: Disconnecting cable in saved VM state now is handled properly by virtio-net
  • Network: More administrative control over network ranges, see user manual
  • NAT: Fixed not rejecting TFTP requests with absolute pathnames (bug #20589)
  • Audio: Fixed VM session aborting after PC hibernation (bug #20516)
  • Audio: Fixed setting the line-in volume of the HDA emulation on modern Linux guests
  • Audio: Fixed resuming playback of the AC'97 emulation while a snapshot has been taken
  • API: Added bindings support for Python 3.9 (bug #20252)
  • API: Fixed rare hang of VM when changing settings at runtime
  • Linux host: Improved kernel modules installation detection which prevents unnecessary modules rebuild
  • Windows Host: Sped up large page allocations on Windows 8 and later
  • Windows Host: Fixed VBoxHeadless process sticking around after VM is closed (bug #20574)
  • Host Services: Shared Clipboard: Prevent guest clipboard reset when clipboard sharing is disabled (bug #20487)
  • Host Services: Shared Clipboard over VRDP: Fixed to continue working when guest service reconnects to host (bug #20366)
  • Host Services: Shared Clipboard over VRDP: Fixed preventing remote RDP client to hang when guest has no clipboard data to report
  • Linux Host and Guest: Introduced initial support for kernels 5.14 and 5.15
  • Linux Host and Guest: Introduced initial support for RHEL 8.5 kernel
  • Windows Guest: Introduced Windows 11 guest support, including unattended installation
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