VirtualBox

Changelog for VirtualBox 3.1

This page lists all changes of the VirtualBox 3.1 releases.
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VirtualBox 3.1.8 (released 2010-05-10)

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

  • VMM: fixed crash with the OpenSUSE 11.3 milestone kernel during early boot (software virtualization only; bug #5457)
  • VMM: fixed invalid state during teleportation
  • VMM: fixed OS/2 guest crash with nested paging enabled
  • VMM: fixed massive display performance loss (AMD-V with nested paging only)
  • GUI: fixed off-by-one bug when passing absolute mouse coordinates to the guest (3.1.6 regression)
  • GUI: show the real version of the Guest Additions, not the interface version
  • GUI: when adding a DVD or floppy slot in the VM mass storage settings dialog, don't attach a random medium but just leave the slot empty
  • GUI: added --seamless and --fullscreen command line switches (bug #4220)
  • GUI: fixed a SEGFAULT under rare circumstances
  • 2D Video acceleration: fixed display issues when working with non 32-bit modes (bugs #6094 & #6208)
  • LsiLogic: Fixed detection of hard disks attached to port 0 when using the drivers from LSI
  • ATA: Fixed sporadic crash with Linux guests when having a hard disk and DVD drive on the same channel (bug #6079)
  • Network: allow to start a VM even if not all network adapters are attached
  • Network: promiscuous mode support for e1000 and simparavirtualized adapters (bug #6519)
  • NAT: fixed ICMP latency (non-Windows hosts only; bug #6427)
  • SCSI: fixed guest crashes under certain circumstances when booting from SCSI devices
  • VBoxManage: fixed modifyvm --natnet default
  • Solaris Hosts: fixed a kernel panic when bridged networking might fail to initialize
  • Solaris Hosts: fixed priority tagged VLAN packets in bridged networking
  • Shared folders: fixed issue with copying read-only files (Linux guests only; bug #4890)
  • Shared folders: renamed the guest kernel module from vboxvfs to vboxsf to make it load on demand by the Linux kernel. Fixes mounting from /etc/fstab in Ubuntu 10.04
  • Shared folders: fixed setuid file permissions (Solaris guests only).
  • Shared folders: fixed deleting directories recursively (Solaris guests only; bug #6513)
  • Guest Additions: support seamless and dynamic resizing on certain older X11 guests (bug #5840)
  • Solaris Additions: fixed OpenGL library dependencies (bug #6435)
  • Keyboard/Mouse emulation: fixed handling of simultaneous mouse/keyboard events under certain circumstances (bug #5375)
  • Mouse emulation: never switch straight back from Explorer to IntelliMouse mode as it confuses the FreeBSD mouse driver (bug #6488)
  • SDK: fixed memory leak in IDisplay::takeScreenShotSlow() (bug #6549)
  • 3D support: fixed Final frame of Compiz animation not updated to the screen (Mac OS X only) (bug #4653)
  • VRDP: allow to bind to localhost only on Mac OS X (bug #5227)
  • Linux hosts: add host USB support for Ubuntu 10.04 and other hosts without the hal daemon or usbfs (bug #6343)
  • webservice: more structs and array fixes in PHP bindings (bug #5657)
  • Windows hosts: make the bridged networking driver notify dll be correctly unregistred on uninstall (bug #5780)

VirtualBox 3.1.6 (released 2010-03-25)

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

  • Linux hosts: fixed timing issue on hosts with Linux kernels 2.6.31 or later with certain CPUs (asynchronous timer mode; bug #6250)
  • Linux hosts: properly handle host suspend/resume events on Linux kernels 2.6.30 or later (bug #5562)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed VBoxSVC crash while enumerating the host network interfaces under certain circumstances
  • Snapshots: fixed image corruption after snapshot merge under certain circumstances (bug #6023)
  • Snapshots: fixed crash with VBoxHeadless / OSE
  • VMM: fixed reference counting guru meditation (bug #4940)
  • VMM: improved guest SMP stability
  • VMM: fixed VT-x hardware debug issues (bugs #477 & #5792)
  • VMM: fixed PGMDynMapHCPage guru meditation (Mac OS X; VT-x only; bug #6095)
  • VMM: fixed pgmPoolTrackFlushGCPhysPTInt guru meditations (Mac OS X; VT-x only; bugs #6095 & #6125)
  • VMM: Fixed host crash when running PAE guests in VT-X mode (Mac OS X only; bug #5771).
  • GUI: fix displaying of error message (bug #4345)
  • GUI: fix inability to enter seamless mode (bugs #6185, #6188)
  • 3D support: fixed assertion and flickering when guest application uses several windows with a single OpenGL context (bug #4598)
  • 3D support: fixed host crashes when using GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array and array element calls (bug #6165)
  • 3D support: fixed runtime linker errors with OpenGL guest libs (bug #5297)
  • 3D support: fixed OpenGL extension viewer crash on startup (bug #4962)
  • NAT: fixed a 3.1.4 regression on Windows hosts where graceful connection termination was broken (bug #6237)
  • NAT: alternative network setting was not stored persistent (bug #6176)
  • NAT: fixed memory corruption during ICMP traffic under certain circumstances
  • Network: allow to switch the host interface or the internal network while a VM is running (bug #5781)
  • VHD: fix for images with a block size different than 2MB
  • USB: fixed filtered device attach regression (bug #6251)
  • USB: fixed crash in OHCI under rare circumstances (bug #3571)
  • VRDP: fixed hang under rare circumstances when attaching USB devices
  • ACPI: prevent guest freezes when accessing /proc/acpi for determining the state of the host battery and the AC adapter (Linux hosts only; bug #2836)
  • PulseAudio: fixed guest freezes under certain conditions (3.1.4 regression; bug #6224)
  • BIOS: increased space for DMI strings
  • BIOS: fixed interrupt routing problem for certain configurations (I/O-APIC enabled, ACPI not used; bug #6098)
  • iSCSI: be more robust when handling the INQUIRY response
  • iSCSI: be more robust when handling sense data
  • BusLogic: fixed FreeBSD guests
  • webservice: vboxwebsrv is now multithreaded
  • Solaris Installer: fixed netmask to stay persistent across reboots for Host-only interface (bug #4590)
  • Linux installer: removed external dependency to libpng12.so (bug #6243)
  • Solaris Additions: fixed superfluous kernel logging (bug #6181)
  • Linux Additions: fixed hang when starting the X server in Fedora12 guests and in guests with Linux 2.6.33 or later (bug #6198)
  • Linux Additions: support Mandriva speedboot runlevel (bug #5484)
  • Linux Additions: fixed SELinux security context of mount.vboxsf (bug #6362)
  • Linux Additions: support Ubuntu 10.04 (bug #5737)
  • Web service: update PHP bindings to fix problems with enums and collections

VirtualBox 3.1.4 (released 2010-02-12)

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

  • VMM: SMP stability fixes
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation in certain rare cases (bug #5968)
  • VMM: activate NXE for PAE enabled guests (VT-x and AMD-V on 32 bits hosts only; bug #3578)
  • VMM: added workaround for broken BIOSes that make VirtualBox think AMD-V is in use (for details see bug #5639)
  • VMM: fixed rare host reboot when restoring a saved state (bug #3945)
  • VMM: fixed incompatibility with 2.6.32 Linux kernels (software virtualization only; bug #6100)
  • VMM: turn on nested paging by default for new VMs (if available; VT-x and AMD-V only)
  • VMM: turn on VPID by default for new VMs (if available; VT-x only)
  • VMM: perform strict CPUID compatibility checks when teleporting; to get the old behavior set "VBoxInternal/CPUM/StrictCpuIdChecks" to 0
  • VMM: fixed VM crash with certain 16 bits Windows applications (software virtualization only; bug #5399)
  • Snapshots: fixed a 3.1 regression that broke deletion of snapshots when a machine had immutable or writethrough storage attached (bug #5727)
  • Saved state: fixed VERR_SSM_LOADED_TOO_MUCH error when loading DisplayScreenshot(bug #6162)
  • VBoxManage: add restorecurrent operation to snapshots command
  • VBoxManage: fixed broken snapshot lookup by name (bug #6070
  • GUI: fixed the broken "Reload" button that reloads the machine XML when a machine is inaccessible
  • GUI: fixed guest fullscreen mode after reboot (bug #5372)
  • GUI: handle Ctrl+Break properly on X11 hosts (bug #6122)
  • GUI: fixed status LEDs for storage devices
  • GUI: workaround for disabling the seamless mode on KDE hosts (KWin bug)
  • 3D support: fixed SELinux warning saying VBoxOGL.so requires text relocation (bug #5690)
  • 3D support: fixed Corrupted surface rendering (bug #5695)
  • 3D support: free textures on guest application termination (bug #5206)
  • 3D support: fixed ubigraph_server crashes (#4674)
  • 3D support: fixes for 64-bit Solaris guests
  • Seamless: disable seamless mode when guest changes screen resolution (bug #5655)
  • NAT: fixed high CPU load under certain circumstances (Windows hosts only; bug #5787)
  • NAT: fixed handling of the broadcast flag in DHCP requests
  • NAT: fixed rare crash due to an assertion in the ICMP code (bug #3217)
  • Virtio-net: don't crash when ports accessed beyond the valid range (bug #5923)
  • LsiLogic: fix for Windows 7 guests
  • ATA: fix for guru meditation when installing Solaris 8 guests (bug #5972)
  • VHD: fixed an incompatibility with Virtual PC (bug #5990)
  • VHD: update the footer backup after setting a new UUID (bug #5004)
  • Host DVD: really fixed loading "passthrough" setting from config file (bug #5681)
  • Shared folders: fixed resolving of symlink target on Linux (3.1.2 regression)
  • VRDP: fixed VERR_NET_ADDRESS_IN_USE error when restarting a VM (3.1 regression; bug #5902)
  • VRDP: fixed crash on Mac OS X when 3D is enabled (3.1 regression)
  • PulseAudio: fixed recording (bug #4302)
  • USB: fixed a shutdown blue screen (Windows hosts only; bug #5885)
  • BIOS: fixed attribute during text scroll (bug #3407)
  • OVF: fix strange error messages on disk import errors
  • OVF: do not require write access the the .ovf file during import (3.1 regression; bug #5762)
  • iSCSI: fix taking snapshots of a running VM (#5849)
  • Solaris hosts: several USB fixes (including support for Apple iPod; bug #5873)
  • Solaris installer: fixed USB module removal and Solaris 10 "id" binary incompatibility
  • Guest Additions: fixed wrong guest time adjustment if the guest clock is ahead (3.1 regression; non-Windows guests only)
  • Linux Additions: fixed shared folders for Linux 2.6.32 guests (bug #5891)
  • Linux Additions: make the mouse driver work on Debian 5.0.3 guests again (3.1.2 regression, bug #5832)
  • Windows Additions: fixed malfunctioning !VBoxService that broke time-sync (bug #5872)
  • Windows Additions: fixed uninstallation issues on 64-bit guests
  • Windows Additions: fixed some sysprep execution issues
  • X.Org Additions: never reject the saved video mode as invalid (bug #5731)
  • XFree86 Additions: accept video mode hints for the initial mode again

VirtualBox 3.1.2 (released 2009-12-17)

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

  • VMM: fixed SMP stability regression
  • USB: fixed USB related host crashes on 64 bits Windows hosts (#5237)
  • Main: wrong default HWVirtExExclusive value for new VMs (bug #5664)
  • Main: DVD passthrough setting was lost (bug #5681)
  • VBoxManage: iSCSI disks do not support adding a comment (bug #4460)
  • VBoxManage: added missing --cpus and --memory options to OVF --import
  • GUI: fixed VBox URL in update dialog for German and Dutch languages
  • GUI: NLS updates
  • OVF: fixed export of non standard storage controller names (bug #5643)
  • Solaris hosts: several USB fixes (including support for Apple iPhone)
  • Mac OS X hosts: several fixes for the 3D support
  • Mac OS X hosts: re-enabled CMD+Key combinations, even if the Host-Key isn't CMD (bug #5684)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed to fast scrolling if the mouse wheel is used inside the guest (bug #5672)
  • Mac OS X hosts: dock & menubar don't disappear in fullscreen when the VM is not running on the primary display (bug #1762)
  • Mac OS X hosts: added an option for enabling "Auto show Dock & Menubar in fullscreen" (bug #5636)
  • Windows host installer: fixed starting VBox with wrong privileges right after installation (bug #4162)
  • Host interface and host-only networking: prevent driver from unloading while a VM is still active (Windows host only)
  • Host-only networking: fixed host-only interface creation (Windows host only) (bug #5708)
  • Virtio-net: don't crash without an attached network
  • Virtio-net: fixed the issue with intermittent network in VM with several virtual CPU cores.
  • NAT: fixed port-forwarding regressions (bug #5666)
  • NAT: fixed crash under certain conditions (bug #5427)
  • NAT: fixed resolving of names containing a slash or underscore when using the host resolver DNS proxy (bug #5698)
  • ATA: fixed sporadic crash when resuming after a VM was forcefully paused (e.g. due to iSCSI target being unavailable)
  • SATA: fixed raw vmdk disks (bug #5724)
  • Linux guests: increased the default memory for Redhat and Fedora guests
  • Linux Guest Additions: fixed installation on RHEL 3.9 guests and on some 64bit guests
  • Linux Guest Additions: prevent SELinux warnings concerning text relocations in VBoxOGL.so (bug #5690)
  • X11 guests: fixed mouse support for some Xorg 1.4 guests (openSUSE 11.0)
  • X11 guests: fixed xorg.conf modification for some older Xorg releases (openSUSE 11.1)
  • Windows guests: fixed some VBoxService shutdown issues
  • Windows guests: fixed VBoxVideo spinlock issues on NT4
  • Windows Guest Additions: fixed uninstallation issues of NT4
  • Shared folders: fixed resolving of symlink target (bug #5631)
  • 2D Video acceleration: delay loading of OpenGL dlls for Windows hosts to avoid GUI crashes on misconfigured systems
  • 2D Video acceleration: fixed issues with video picture not displayed on playback

VirtualBox 3.1.0 (released 2009-11-30)

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

  • Teleportation (aka live migration); migrate a live VM session from one host to another (see the manual for more information)
  • VM states can now be restored from arbitrary snapshots instead of only the last one, and new snapshots can be taken from other snapshots as well ("branched snapshots"; see the manual for more information)
  • 2D video acceleration for Windows guests; use the host video hardware for overlay stretching and color conversion (see the manual for more information)
  • More flexible storage attachments: CD/DVD drives can be attached to an arbitrary IDE controller, and there can be more than one such drive (the manual for more information)
  • The network attachment type can be changed while a VM is running
  • Complete rewrite of experimental USB support for OpenSolaris hosts making use of the latest USB enhancements in Solaris Nevada 124 and higher
  • Significant performance improvements for PAE and AMD64 guests (VT-x and AMD-V only; normal (non-nested) paging)
  • Experimental support for EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface; see the manual for more information)
  • Support for paravirtualized network adapters (virtio-net; see the manual for more information)

In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: guest SMP fixes for certain rare cases
  • GUI: snapshots include a screenshot
  • GUI: locked storage media can be unmounted by force
  • GUI: the a log window grabbed all key events from other GUI windows (bug #5291)
  • GUI: allow to disable USB filters (bug #5426)
  • GUI: improved memory slider in the VM settings
  • GUI: the VirtualBox website couldn't be opened from the help menu (bug #4559)
  • 3D support: major performance improvement in VBO processing
  • 3D support: added GL_EXT_framebuffer_object, GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array support
  • 3D support: fixed crashes in FarCry, SecondLife, Call of Duty, Unreal Tournament, Eve Online (bugs #2801, #2791)
  • 3D support: fixed graphics corruption in World of Warcraft (#2816)
  • 3D support: fixed Final frame of Compiz animation not updated to the screen (#4653)
  • 3D support: fixed incorrect rendering of non ARGB textures under compiz
  • iSCSI: support iSCSI targets with more than 2TiB capacity
  • VRDP: fixed occasional VRDP server crash (bug #5424)
  • Network: fixed the E1000 emulation for QNX (and probably other) guests (bug #3206)
  • NAT: added host resolver DNS proxy (see the manual for more information)
  • VMDK: fixed incorrectly rejected big images split into 2G pieces (bug #5523, #2787)
  • VMDK: fixed compatibility issue with fixed or raw disk VMDK files (bug #2723)
  • VHD: fixed incompatibility with Hyper-V
  • Support for Parallels version 2 disk image (HDD) files; see the manual for more information
  • OVF: create manifest files on export and verify the content of an optional manifest file on import
  • OVF: fixed memory setting during import (bug #4188)
  • Mouse device: now five buttons are passed to the guest (bug #3773)
  • VBoxHeadless: fixed loss of saved state when VM fails to start
  • VBoxSDL: fixed crash during shutdown (Windows hosts only)
  • X11 based hosts: allow the user to specify their own scan code layout (bug #2302)
  • Mac OS X hosts: don't auto show the menu and dock in fullscreen (bug #4866)
  • Mac OS X hosts (64 bit): don't interpret mouse wheel events as left click (bug #5049)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed a VM abort during shutdown under certain conditions
  • Solaris hosts: combined the kernel interface package into the VirtualBox main package
  • Solaris hosts: support for OpenSolaris Boomer architecture (with OSS audio backend).
  • Shared folders: VBOXSVR is visible in Network folder (Windows guests, bug #4842)
  • Shared folders: performance improvements (Windows guests, bug #1728)
  • Windows, Linux and Solaris Additions: added balloon tip notifier if VirtualBox host version was updated and Additions are out of date
  • Solaris guests: fixed keyboard emulation (bug #1589)
  • Solaris Additions: fixed as_pagelock() failed errors affecting guest properties (bug #5337)
  • Windows Additions: added automatic logon support for Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Windows Additions: improved file version lookup for guest OS information
  • Windows Additions: fixed runtime OS detection on Windows 7 for session information
  • Windows Additions: fixed crash in seamless mode (contributed by Huihong Luo)
  • Linux Additions: added support for uninstalling the Linux Guest Additions (bug #4039)
  • Linux guest shared folders: allow mounting a shared folder if a file of the same name as the folder exists in the current directory (bug #928)
  • SDK: added object-oriented web service bindings for PHP5

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