Ticket #16155 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 17 months ago

Last modified 15 months ago

VirtualBox kernel module broken with Linux 4.9 (RC3) and VirtualBox 5.1.8 / 5.1.9 (nightly)

Reported by: aplocher Owned by:
Priority: major Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 5.1.8 Keywords: get_user_pages_remote, kernel, linux-4.9
Cc: Guest type: all
Host type: Linux


Attached is the vbox-install.log

When installing VirtualBox 5.1.8 or 5.1.9 on Linux Kernel 4.9 (RC3 - I think RC2, too), it comes back with an error:

Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing VirtualBox for Linux installation.............
VirtualBox Version 5.1.9 r111724 (2016-11-03T17:15:53Z) installer
Installing VirtualBox to /opt/VirtualBox
Python found: python, installing bindings... failed: Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong.

There were problems setting up VirtualBox.  To re-start the set-up process, run
as root.

VirtualBox has been installed successfully.

You will find useful information about using VirtualBox in the user manual
and in the user FAQ

We hope that you enjoy using VirtualBox.

The installation appears to work, but when attempting to boot a VM, I receive the following:

Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing


as root.

where: suplibOsInit what: 3 VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_INSTALLED (-1908) - The support driver is not installed. On linux, open returned ENOENT.

This seems to be related to the following update to the Linux Kernel in 4.9, which caused the argument signature to change for "get_user_pages_remote":


vbox-install.log Download (87.1 KB) - added by aplocher 17 months ago.

Change History

Changed 17 months ago by aplocher

comment:1 Changed 17 months ago by socratis

Duplicate of #16116.

comment:2 Changed 16 months ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

Fixed in 5.1.10.

comment:3 Changed 15 months ago by Vamp898IIIPD

Running Linux Kernel 4.9.0, trying to compile VirtualBox 5.1.10 im still able to reproduce this bug.

I found others using Kernel 4.9.0 and VirtualBox 5.1.10 who are also able to reproduce this bug (especially Gentoo users).

comment:4 Changed 15 months ago by Vamp898IIIPD

Tested again with 5.1.12, neither works there.

Tested again with this pacht

now it seems to work.

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