Opened 8 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

#15904 closed defect (fixed)

Regression: auto logon fails after update from 5.0

Reported by: ucrasher Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 5.1.4
Keywords: auto_logon Cc:
Guest type: Windows Host type: Linux


Hi, auto logon is a nice feature and I used it for many VMs. Now after I upgraded from 5.0.26 to 5.1.4 it does not work anymore. The login screen shows the passed credentials in different fields. Example from user manual:

VBoxManage controlvm "Windows XP" setcredentials "John Doe" "secretpassword" "DOMTEST"

The login screen of Win10-1607 shows two users "John Doe" and "secretpassword" in the left lower corner. The password box contains some text (just dots) and below the box is the text "DOMTEST".

On Win7 it is generally the same, two users. "DOMTEST" does not show up.

It almost looks like the command line is not parsed correctly.

My host is Ubuntu 1604. All the years I used this start script:

VBoxManage startvm "Windows XP" &&  VBoxManage controlvm "Windows XP" setcredentials "John Doe" "secretpassword" "DOMTEST" && exit 0

When I run the parts of the script (startvm and controlvm) separate and with enough time between, it still does not work. It behaves slightly different though. Left lower corner shows two users "John Doe" and and "username". Later (after writing this and going back to the VM) it shows garbage (Chinese chars) instead "username" and below the password box. That proofs something is fishy. In the VB log I saw noting related to auto logon.

I reinstalled GA with /auto_logon, no change.

Attachments (3)

VBox.log (111.7 KB ) - added by ucrasher 8 years ago.
Logs_StillFails.7z (32.4 KB ) - added by ucrasher2 7 years ago.
2 logs (working/non-working)
VBox_autologin_failed_even_on64bit.log.7z (23.2 KB ) - added by ucrasher2 7 years ago.
This time it failed even on 64bit VM

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Change History (21)

by ucrasher, 8 years ago

Attachment: VBox.log added

comment:1 by bardo, 8 years ago

me2, used autologin for several years, now (after upgrade from 5.0.xx to 5.1.6) no longer working:

VBoxManage controlvm "9eb701e9-7e1e-4931-af97-53cbb54ab628" setcredentials "USERxxx" "PWDyyy" "DOMTEST"

comment:2 by josiasmat, 8 years ago

Affects me too. Autologon worked in Vbox 5.0.xx but no longer working on 5.1.x, tested on 5.1.4 and 5.1.6. I had to downgrade VBox to version 5.0.26.

Using Linux 64-bits host (CentOS kernel 2.6.32), Windows 7 32-bits guest.

comment:3 by Socratis, 7 years ago

Works fine with Windows XP:

  • Booted XP in safe mode and updated the GAs with "D:\VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe /with_autologon" switch.
  • To the OP (ucrasher), please note that it's not "/auto_logon", it's "/with_autologon".
  • Rebooted XP, issued the 'VBoxManage controlvm "Windows XP" setcredentials "username" "password" "DOMAIN"' from the host, and I logged in normally.

But it doesn't work with Win7/Win10 (or I couldn't get it to work):

  • Booted Win7/10 and updated the GAs with "D:\VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe /with_autologon" switch.
  • Rebooted Win7/10, issued the 'VBoxManage controlvm "Windows X" setcredentials "username" "password" "DOMAIN"' from the host. It "created" a 2nd user that had its username/password already filled in, but couldn't login.
  • Variations tried were: "DOMAIN", "DOMAIN\Computer", "Computer", "DOMAIN\User", "Computer\User", "DOMAIN\Computer\User", and all the variations in between, including an empty domain ("").
  • In all cases the login screen changed to/added a "Switch user" (there's only one user), and in the user list two identical names appeared. If I selected the 2nd one, it came pre-filled with the correct amount of characters for the password, but couldn't login.
  • Clicking on the 2nd username a 2nd time changed to the list of users screen, with the 2nd user now being "" (as in empty). Clicking a 3rd time on the 2nd username, completely removed it from the list of usernames and switched back to the single-user login screen.

Host: OSX 10.9.5
VirtualBox: 5.1.11 (112052)

comment:4 by Bard0, 7 years ago

Now, another update came in (5.0.34) that contained a reminder message to upgrade to the 5.1 branch. Carefully, i checked the autologin feature and at first glance, it appeared to work, although no new messages were added to the 6 months old bug report. To be more exact: using autologin worked with a VM configured with guest additions from 5.0, but the software being upgraded to 5.1. So i decided to go for it, upgraded the main OS, still autologin worked...

...but as soon as i followed the advice to upgrade the guest additions to 5.1.16 (of course, using the commandline switch) ... there it was again (among other confusing minor issues), forcing me to go back to a prior backup once again.

Maybe the bug only lives inside the guest additions of the 5.1.x branch?

Host: jessie (debian 7.x) Virtualbox: 5.0.34, 5.1.16

comment:5 by Frank Mehnert, 7 years ago

What do you mean by "upgrade the Guest Addititions to 5.1.16 using the command line switch"?

comment:6 by Socratis, 7 years ago

Not being Bard0, I assume he means running "D:\VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe /with_autologon", as described in Ch. 9.2.1 Automated Windows guest logons, of the User Manual. I know I had to do this to achieve automated logon.

comment:7 by pentagonik, 7 years ago

The issue should be fixed with the next upcoming maintenance version.

comment:8 by Frank Mehnert, 7 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Fixed in VBox 5.1.18.

comment:9 by Socratis, 7 years ago

Verified with WinXP, Win7-32, Win7-64, Win10-32, Win10-64. "Weird" behavior that I noticed while doing some really non-scientific tests:

  • If you're on a workgroup, the domain can be anything. Except empty, i.e. "" doesn't work with Win7 (and if I remember correctly WinXP).
  • If you logout and you're in the login screen issuing the "setcredentials" again can lead to weird behavior (again Win7). From the command not accepted/ignored, to a crash in the LoginUI.exe. That last one I saw it with a Win7-64 guest.
  • As I don't really (or actually, not at all) use this feature, I'm not going to worry about it that much. I was simply verifying the failure and the fix.

comment:10 by Bard0, 7 years ago

fix serves the purpose! Thank you, upgraded with success now

comment:11 by ucrasher2, 7 years ago

Hi, fixed in one VM (Win10-64), but another VM with Win10-32 the "VBoxManage controlvm VPN10 setcredentials x y z" seems to be ignored. (I have installed the GA with /with_autologon)

comment:12 by Frank Mehnert, 7 years ago

To debug this issue, please create a DWORD registry key in the guest:


and set it to 0xFF. And create another DWORD registry key in the guest:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Oracle\VirtualBox Guest Additions\AutoLogon

and set it to 4.

Then reboot your guest. Now the VBox.log file of that VM should contain additional logging of the guest logon module.

comment:13 by ucrasher2, 7 years ago

Hi Frank, I added them in two VM. One works and one doesn't. Both log files will be attached in a minute. In the non-working case I tried it several times(VBoxManage controlvm ....). Normally I have it all in one line: VBoxManage startvm NAME && VBoxManage controlvm NAME setcredentials user pw domain && exit 0

The non-working VM did autologon in old times before the bug showed up.

by ucrasher2, 7 years ago

Attachment: Logs_StillFails.7z added

2 logs (working/non-working)

by ucrasher2, 7 years ago

This time it failed even on 64bit VM

comment:14 by ucrasher2, 7 years ago

Hi Frank, the previously working 64bit VM ignored the setcredentials this time. Debug regkeys are still in place, so I added the log as well. So it is not likely a 32/64bit issue.

comment:15 by pentagonik, 7 years ago

Could you please give the latest 5.1.x Guest Additions (r114195) from the Testbuilds page a try whether this fixes the remaining problems for you?

After installing the Guest Additions, a VM reboot is needed. Thanks!

comment:16 by pentagonik, 7 years ago

A newer build (r114236) is available on the Testbuilds page.

comment:17 by ucrasher2, 7 years ago

Hi, r114236 looks good in first tests. Both VMs do autologon now. (and a third new one as well). If there should something show up in the next days, I will post here.

Thanks milion! This is what I call good support!

comment:18 by ucrasher2, 7 years ago

Hi, autologon works so far (from feeling it is slower than before?). BUT there is a security hole: If you click into the login screen, you can read the password in clear text (in lower left corner there are text boxes for name and password).

Perhaps this was even with older versions, today it was pure coincidence that I saw that.

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