Virtualbox 5.0.2 Comes With A Huge List Of Bug-Fixes

As you may know, Virtualbox is the most popular, free, cross-platform virtualization software.

The latest version available is Virtualbox 5.0.2  which brings the below changes:

  • VMM: added support for guest crash report MSRs with Hyper-V paravirtualization
  • VMM: fixed an issue causing artifically high load averages on Linux hosts
  • VMM: fixed a kernel panic with thread-context hooks caused by incompatible changes made to Linux 4.2 kernels
  • VMM: fixed a saved state issue with VT-x/AMD-V disabled
  • VMM: fixed VERR_SUPDRV_TSC_DELTA_MEASUREMENT_FAILED Guru Meditations on certain AMD CPUs
  • VMM: fixed a crash while creating a guest core dumps via the VM debug facility (5.0 regression)
  • VMM: This release has AVX2 passthrough disabled on every host and AVX passthrough disabled for 64-bit VMs on 32-bit hosts. This will be properly fixed in a future 5.0.x maintenance release
  • GUI: fixed rare hang and crash on VM shutdown/poweroff
  • GUI: X11: fixed few crashes caused by the Qt alien widgets feature
  • GUI: X11: fixed various mini-toolbar geometry quirks like positioning, z-order, transiency issues on certain window managers
  • GUI: X11: fixed mini-toolbar minimize button issue under certain window managers
  • GUI: VM menu actions availability should now be properly updated on full-screen/seamless/scaled mode switches
  • GUI: disk encryption password validation should be performed when user confirmed the password, not after each entered symbol
  • GUI: do not change the VM/group selection in the VM Manager to the newly created VM if it was created by another client (e.g. VBoxManage)
  • GUI: Mac OS X: do not treat ‘almost maximized’ VM windows as ‘maximized’, watch for the strict window geometry instead
  • GUI: improve the quality in scaled mode under some circumstances.
  • VBoxManage: do not deny changing the network adapter type at VM runtime .
  • VRDP: allow Windows 10 RDP clients
  • Audio: fix a possible crash on VM process termination (5.0 regression)
  • Storage: improved raw disk access on OS X by unmounting any accessed volume before first use and prevent any mount attempt by the host
  • 3D: basic support for saving/restoring display lists
  • Drag and drop: fixed guest to host transfers on OS X hosts
  • Drag and drop: fixed memory leak on Windows guests
  • Shared Folders: fixed a problem with accessing CIFS shares
  • Shared Folders: improved path conversion between hosts and guests with different path separators
  • API: skip resetting of immutable media when the VM in saved state is started
  • API: fixed method for setting medium IDs which used zero (invalid) UUIDs instead random (valid) UUIDs if no UUIDs were passed
  • API: for Windows host fix detection of API client crashes which have a session open
  • OVF: properly export all VBox features including the setting for paravirtualization
  • Linux hosts: more fixes for activated SMAP on Linux 3.19 and newer
  • Linux hosts: check then name space before attaching to a host network interface
  • Linux Additions: Linux 4.2 fixes
  • Linux Additions: improved the performance of stat() to speed up certain file operations on shared folders
  • Solaris Additions: added support for X.Org Server 1.1
  • X11 Additions: various seamless mode fixes, including invisible windows under LXDE.

Installation instructions:

If you don’t want to download the deb packages from the project’s website and install them via command-line, you can use the Oracle repository, in order to successfully install virtualbox on your Ubuntu or Debian system.

Just follow the instructions matching your system and architecture exactly, and everything should run smoothly.

How to install Virtualbox on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and derivative systems like Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint 6, Peppermint 5, LXLE 14.04 and Linux Lite 2:

Instructions for both 32 bit and 64 bit systems:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian vivid contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
$ wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.0

How to install Virtualbox on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin and derivative systems like Linux Mint 13 Maya and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna:

Instructions for both 32 bit and 64 bit systems:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian precise contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
$ wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.0

How to install Virtualbox on Debian 8.0 Jessie:

Instructions for both 32 bit and 64 bit systems:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian jessie contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
$ wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.0

How to install Virtualbox on Debian 7.0 Wheezy:

Instructions for both 32 bit and 64 bit systems:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian wheezy contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
$ wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.0

Optional, to remove Virtualbox from Ubuntu, Debian or a derivative system, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove virtualbox

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