Ticket #9478 (closed enhancement: wontfix)
VBox guest additions should have precompiled modules for Linux
|Reported by:||Rainmaker||Owned by:|
Installing the guest utils on Linux currently requires a lot of dependencies, such as kernel-devel, kernel-headers, gcc and perl.
Though there are some distributions including this software as standard, when building servers, you typically refrain from installing things like GCC and Perl on the server. This makes it easier for an attacker to exploit.
Therefor, I would suggest adding a couple of precompiled binary modules on the guest additions CD. This doesn't have to be for all 2.4 / 2.6 kernels, but just the ones most commonly used (such as 2.6.9 for RHEL4, 2.6.18 for RHEL5 and 2.6.32 for RHEL6 would be a good start).
The installer should also try to load the module and see if it will load on the running kernel, instead of immediately trying to build a new one once the version mismatches.
- Status changed from closed to reopened
- Resolution wontfix deleted