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Changelog for VirtualBox 4.2

This page lists all changes of the VirtualBox 4.2 releases.
All branches: 4.3 · 4.2 · 4.1 · 4.0 · 3.2? · 3.1? · 3.0? · 2.2? · 2.1? · 2.0? · 1.6?

VirtualBox 4.2.18 (released 2013-09-06)

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

  • VMM: properly handle NMIs on Linux hosts with X2APIC enabled
  • VMM: fixed potential crashes with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11979)
  • GUI / seamless: properly handle mouse wheel scroll events
  • GUI, VBoxManage: when unregistering a VM, also unregister the hard disk images which are used exclusively (bug #10311)
  • GUI: prevent crashes under certain conditions on X11 hosts
  • 3D: multiscreen fixes (incorrect mouse position, flickers)
  • 3D Support: several fixes for the Windows WDDM video driver (multiscreen, seamless)
  • Snapshots: made live snapshots work again (bug #9255)
  • Teleportation: made it work again (bug #9455)
  • VBoxManage: on snapshot take, --pause is default and --live is for doing live snapshots
  • VBoxSVC: don't crash on systems with many VLAN interfaces (Solaris hosts only)
  • Network: after the host resumes from suspend, disconnect and reconnect the virtual network cables to force renewing the DHCP leases for the guests. So far only Mac OS X hosts and Windows hosts (bug #10063).
  • NAT: on name server changes force a reconnect of the virtual network cable to notify the guest (Mac OS X hosts only)
  • Mac OS X installer: keep previously installed Extension Packs on VirtualBox upgrade
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.11 fixes (bug #12001)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed a potential kernel panic caused due to unexpected preemption due to logging.
  • Windows hosts: fixed an issue with USB2 devices being inaccessible when plugged into USB3 ports.
  • Linux Additions: added PCI device identifier to vboxvideo.ko fixing DRI initialization under certain conditions (bug #11957)
  • Linux Additions: fixed udev detection in the init script with Linux 3.x kernels

VirtualBox 4.2.16 (released 2013-07-04)

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

  • OVF/OVA: don't crash on import if no manifest is used (4.2.14 regression; bug #11895)
  • GUI: do not restore the current snapshot if we power-off after a Guru Mediation
  • Storage: fixed a crash when hotplugging an empty DVD drive to the VM
  • Storage: fixed a crash when a guest read from a DVD drive attached to the SATA controller under certain circumstances
  • EFI: don't fail with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11456)
  • Autostart: fixed VM startup on OS X
  • Windows hosts: native Windows 8 controls
  • Windows hosts: restore native style on Vista 32
  • Windows hosts / guests: Windows 8.1 adaptions (bug #11899)
  • Mac OS X hosts: after removing VirtualBox with VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool, remove it from the pkgutil --pkgs list as well

VirtualBox 4.2.14 (released 2013-06-21)

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

  • VMM: another TLB invalidation fix for non-present pages
  • VMM: fixed a performance regression (4.2.8 regression; bug #11674)
  • GUI: fixed a crash on shutdown
  • GUI: prevent stuck keys under certain conditions on Windows hosts (bugs #2613, #6171)
  • VRDP: fixed a rare crash on the guest screen resize
  • VRDP: allow to change VRDP parameters (including enabling/disabling the server) if the VM is paused
  • USB: fixed passing through devices on Mac OS X host to a VM with 2 or more virtual CPUs (bug #7462)
  • USB: fixed hang during isochronous transfer with certain devices (4.1 regression; Windows hosts only; bug #11839)
  • USB: properly handle orphaned URBs (bug #11207)
  • BIOS: fixed function for returning the PCI interrupt routing table (fixes NetWare 6.x guests)
  • BIOS: don't use the ENTER / LEAVE instructions in the BIOS as these don't work in the real mode as set up by certain guests (e.g. Plan 9 and QNX 4)
  • DMI: allow to configure DmiChassisType (bug #11832)
  • Storage: fixed lost writes if iSCSI is used with snapshots and asynchronous I/O (bug #11479)
  • Storage: fixed accessing certain VHDX images created by Windows 8 (bug #11502)
  • Storage: fixed hang when creating a snapshot using Parallels disk images (bug #9617)
  • 3D: seamless + 3D fixes (bug #11723)
  • 3D: version 4.2.12 was not able to read saved states of older versions under certain conditions (bug #11718)
  • Main/Properties: don't create a guest property for non-running VMs if the property does not exist and is about to be removed (bug #11765)
  • Main/Properties: don't forget to make new guest properties persistent after the VM was terminated (bug #11719)
  • Main/Display: don't lose seamless regions during screen resize
  • Main/OVF: don't crash during import if the client forgot to call Appliance::interpret() (bug #10845)
  • Main/OVF: don't create invalid appliances by stripping the file name if the VM name is very long (bug #11814)
  • Main/OVF: don't fail if the appliance contains multiple file references (bug #10689)
  • Main/Metrics: fixed Solaris file descriptor leak
  • Settings: limit depth of snapshot tree to 250 levels, as more will lead to decreased performance and may trigger crashes
  • VBoxManage: fixed setting the parent UUID on diff images using sethdparentuuid
  • Linux hosts: work around for not crashing as a result of automatic NUMA balancing which was introduced in Linux 3.8 (bug #11610)
  • Windows installer: force the installation of the public certificate in background (i.e. completely prevent user interaction) if the --silent command line option is specified
  • Windows Additions: fixed problems with partial install in the unattended case
  • Windows Additions: fixed display glitch with the Start button in seamless mode for some themes
  • Windows Additions: Seamless mode and auto-resize fixes
  • Windows Additions: fixed trying to to retrieve new auto-logon credentials if current ones were not processed yet
  • Windows Additions installer: added the /with_wddm switch to select the experimental WDDM driver by default
  • Linux Additions: fixed setting own timed out and aborted texts in information label of the lightdm greeter
  • Linux Additions: fixed compilation against Linux 3.2.0 Ubuntu kernels (4.2.12 regression as a side effect of the Debian kernel build fix; bug #11709)
  • X11 Additions: reduced the CPU load of VBoxClient in drag'and'drop mode
  • OS/2 Additions: made the mouse wheel work (bug #6793)
  • Guest Additions: fixed problems copying and pasting between two guests on an X11 host (bug #11792)

VirtualBox 4.2.12 (released 2013-04-12)

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

  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation on putting Linux guest CPU online if nested paging is disabled
  • VMM: invalidate TLB entries even for non-present pages
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: fixed a crash on visual-mode change
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: disabled guest-screens should now remain disabled on visual-mode change
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: handle host/guest screen plugging/unplugging in different visual-modes
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: seamless mode: fixed a bug when empty seamless screens were represented by fullscreen windows
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: each machine window in multi-screen configuration should have correct menu-bar now (Mac OS X hosts)
  • GUI: Multi-screen support: machine window View menu should have correct content in seamless/fullscreen mode now (Mac OS X hosts)
  • GUI: VM manager: vertical scroll-bars should be now updated on content/window resize
  • GUI: VM settings: fixed crash on machine state-change event
  • GUI: don't show warnings about enabled or disabled mouse integration if the VM was restored from a saved state
  • Virtio-net: properly announce that the guest has to handle partial TCP checksums (bug #9380)
  • Storage: Fixed incorrect alignment of VDI images causing disk size changes when using snapshots (bug #11597)
  • Audio: fixed broken ALSA & PulseAudio on some Linux hosts due to invalid symbol resolution (bug #11615)
  • PS/2 keyboard: re-apply keyboard repeat delay and rate after a VM was restored from a saved state (bug #10933)
  • BIOS: updated DMI processor information table (type 4): corrected L1 & L2 cache table handles
  • Timekeeping: fix several issues which can lead to incorrect time, Solaris guests sporadically showed time going briefly back to Jan 1 1970
  • Main/Metrics: disk metrics are collected properly when software RAID, symbolic links or rootfs are used on Linux hosts
  • VBoxManage: don't stay paused after a snapshot was created and the VM was running before
  • VBoxManage: introduced controlvm nicpromisc (bug #11423)
  • VBoxManage: don't crash on controlvm guestmemoryballoon if the VM isn't running (bug #11639)
  • VBoxHeadless: don't filter guest property events as this would affect all clients (bug #11644)
  • Guest control: prevent double CR in the output generated by guest commands and do NLS conversion
  • Linux hosts / guests: fixed build errors on Linux 3.5 and newer kernels if the CONFIG_UIDGID_STRICT_TYPE_CHECKS config option is enabled (bug #11664)
  • Linux Additions: handle fall-back to VESA driver on RedHat-based guests if vboxvideo cannot be loaded
  • Linux Additions: RHEL/OEL/CentOS 6.4 compile fix (bug #11586)
  • Linux Additions: Debian Linux kernel 3.2.0-4 (3.2.39) compile fix (bug #11634)
  • Linux Additions: added auto-logon support for Linux guests using LightDM as the display manager
  • Windows Additions: Support for multimonitor. Dynamic enable/disable of secondary virtual monitors. Support for XPDM/WDDM based guests
  • X11 Additions: support X.Org Server 1.14 (bug #11609)

VirtualBox 4.2.10 (released 2013-03-15)

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

  • GUI: fixed keyboard with XQuartz X server (bug #10664)
  • Main/Display: fixed a crash with multi-monitors under certain conditions (Mac OS X hosts only)
  • Main/Properties: fixed a crash under certain conditions, for example after wakeup from host hibernate (bug #11444)
  • Settings: don't lose the internal network settings if they are not currently active
  • Storage: another incompatibility fix for VHD differencing images with Hyper-V (bug #5990)
  • VBoxManage: don't read beyond the end of the file specified with export --eulafile (bug #11528)
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.9-rc0 compile fixes (bug #11529)
  • Linux Additions: fixed two warnings in the shared folders guest kernel module (bug #11390)
  • Linux Additions: don't crash VBoxService if libdbus is not available (bug #8638)
  • Windows Additions: fixed upgrading MultiMedia Redirection (MMR) support

VirtualBox 4.2.8 (released 2013-02-27)

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

  • VMM: fixed guest crash with huge amount of guest RAM on VT-x hosts (bug #11306)
  • GUI: fixed a layout bug in the Mac OS X clone VM dialog (bug #10982)
  • GUI: not all the translation tags were taken into account during the language switch (bug #11342)
  • GUI: take guest screenshot dialog sometimes had no keyboard input available on Windows host
  • Main/Machine: fix generation of spurious event for inaccessible VMs which triggered an endless event generation loop in cooperation with the GUI which became unresponsive (4.2.6 regression, bug #11323)
  • Main/Display: fix for an access violation under certain conditions in multi-monitor configurations (bug #10539)
  • Main/Metrics: network metrics are now collected for active (up) interfaces only, the state of an interface being evaluated when the associated metric is enabled via setupMetrics
  • Snapshots: reduce the time for merging snapshots under certain conditions
  • Storage: fixed data corruption after resizing a VDI image under certain circumstances (bug #11344)
  • Storage: fixed non working online merging of snapshots (4.2.6 regression, bug #11359)
  • Storage: fixed crash when connecting to certain QNAP iSCSI targets
  • Storage: fixed incompatibility of VHD differencing images with Hyper-V (bug #5990)
  • Bridged Networking: fixed TCP pseudo header checksum computation for IPv6 (bug #9380)
  • 3D support: fix Battlefield 1942 game crashes (bug #11369)
  • Settings: really sanitize the name of VM folders and settings file, the code was disabled before (bug #10549)
  • Settings: allow to change VRDE settings for saved VMs
  • VBoxManage: don't crash during screenshotpng if there is no display (bug #11363)
  • Linux hosts: work around gcc bug 55940 which might lead to wrong kernel module code if gcc 4.7 is used to compile the 32-bit Linux host kernel (bug #11035)
  • Linux hosts: fixed inconsistent lock state and deadlock warnings on module load and VM startup when CONFIG_PROVE_LOCKING is enabled (bug #11318)
  • Linux hosts: made "]" key work again on Japanese keyboards
  • Mac OS X hosts: don't crash the kernel during dtrace if the VBox kernel extensions are loaded (10.6 hosts only; bug #11273)
  • Solaris / Mac OS X hosts: machine CPU load metrics now report 100% when all cores are fully utilized (used to be a single core)
  • Solaris 11 host installer: wait for any services left over from a previous installation to be terminated to avoid confusing SMF.
  • Guest Additions: don't block signals for processes executed via guest control
  • Guest Additions: fixed a small memory leak in VBoxService (bug #10970)
  • Windows Additions: fixed shared folder issue with large reads/writes on 64 bit Windows guests (bug #11115)
  • Linux Additions: Linux 3.8 compile fixes (bug #11036)
  • X11 Additions: fixed blocked SIGALRM in 3D desktop sessions (bug #10987)
  • X11 Additions: fixed an unresolved reference in vboxvideo_drv for X.org 6.8 guests and before (e.g. RHEL4; 4.2.0 regression)
  • X11 Additions: fixed screen automatic resizing for guests with X.org 1.3 or older (4.2.0 regression)

VirtualBox 4.2.6 (released 2012-12-19)

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

  • VMM: don't inject stale VT-x events to prevent crashes after VM reset (bug #11256)
  • VMM: workaround for buggy BIOSes which enable MONITOR only for certain CPUs (bugs #9460, #10686)
  • GUI: fixed trimming of anti-aliased text in details-view element headers (4.2.0 regression)
  • GUI: fixed create-settings-file-alias functionality on Mac hosts (4.2.0 regression)
  • GUI: fixed take-guest-screenshot functionality on Windows hosts (bug #11095)
  • GUI: several minor fixes, including palette fixes (bug #11191)
  • GUI: fixed Windows 2012 OS type (bug #11206)
  • GUI: allow to terminate the VM even if VBoxSVC crashed
  • API: fixed cancelling of snapshots, previously this could lead to inconsistent VM configs (bug #6877)
  • API: fixed identifying disk images by UUID (bug #11209)
  • 3D Support: several fixes
  • VRDP: fixed occasional crash with external authentication (bug #11156)
  • VGA: fix for double scan text modes
  • USB: fixed invalid pending request count at the time of service of DEVICE POWER requests (Windows hosts only; bugs #10021, #11056)
  • USB keyboard: Korean keyboard workaround (bug #11150)
  • Storage: fixed hang with QCOW images and asynchronous I/O enabled
  • Storage: fixed hang with newer VHD images (bug #11279)
  • Storage: actually write the non-rotational flag to the VM settings (4.2.0 regression)
  • Virtio-net: fixed the problem with network statistics counters in Session Information dialog (GUI)
  • Metrics: introduced network rate and disk usage metrics
  • Metrics: fixed a crash under certain conditions on Solaris hosts
  • BIOS: fix for El Torito
  • Shared Folders: if the host folder of a shared folder mapping does not exist, keep it active but mark it as invalid to prevent inconsitent saved states (bug #11147)
  • VBoxManage: fixed converting disks from raw images
  • VBoxManage: show snapshot description in the VM or snapshot information
  • VBoxManage: make implicit opening of media consistent in all places dealing with media
  • VBoxManage: the iSCSI initiator name was not stored in the settings file when doing storageattach (bug #11212)
  • VBoxManage: metrics collect now properly handles 'CPU/MHz' and 'Net/*/LinkSpeed' metrics
  • VBoxManage: changing the image UUID or parent UUID as part of storageattach works now in all safe cases
  • VBoxManage: introduced storageattach --medium additions as a shortcut to mount the additions image (bug #11165)
  • OVF: fixed importing OVF files cerated by recent VMware products (bug #10905)
  • Linux hosts / Bridged Networking: fixed the problem with leaking connections in conntrack (bug #11178)
  • Linux Additions: added support for ConsoleKit sessions in the vminfo service of VBoxService
  • Linux Additions: don't crash during remount under certain conditions (bug #11291)
  • Linux/Solaris Additions: fixed guest memory metrics collection
  • Solaris hosts: added a dependency to ensure that the user directories are reachable when starting VBox services
  • Windows host installer: integrated user-contributed translations, thanks to all contributors!
  • Windows Additions: fixed auto-logon installation for Windows 8
  • Windows Additions: don't fail if the shared folders host service is not available
  • Windows Additions: fixed Guest Additions startup on Windows 2000 guests (bug #11253)
  • Windows Additions: auto-resize fixes for Windows 8 guests

VirtualBox 4.2.4 (released 2012-10-26)

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

  • GUI: fixed validation warning on global settings / proxy page (4.2.2 regression, bug #11089)
  • GUI: fixed crash with multiple guest screens on certain conditions (OS X hosts only)
  • VBoxBalloonCtrl: fixed command line argument handling of ballooning module
  • VRDP: fixed occasional crash during a video playback in the guest (bug #11082)
  • BIOS: fixed broken DMI information (4.2 regression)
  • BIOS: workaround for booting from Windows 2000 floppy disks
  • EFI: fixed video mode selection loss on VM reboot (#10983)
  • Parallel: fixed parallel port printing failure/ paper queue empty error (Windows hosts only)
  • NAT: fixed crash on alias-less DNS responses when host-resolver is used
  • Storage: fixed hang under rare circumstances

VirtualBox 4.2.2 (released 2012-10-18)

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

  • VMM: adapted to changes in Mac OS X 10.8.2 (bug #10965)
  • GUI: restored VM item tool-tip functionality (4.2 regression)
  • GUI: added group item tool-tip functionality
  • GUI: fixed handling of the .ova/.ovf file name association (4.2 regression)
  • GUI: it was not possible to change any setting before the first VM was created (bug #10928)
  • GUI: disable grouping action if all the selected items are full children list of the same group already
  • GUI: added menu for runtime drag-and-drop option change
  • GUI: cleanup shared-clipboard menu on visual-mode change
  • GUI: make sure VM receives keyboard focus on entering fullscreen-mode on Win host (bug #11051)
  • GUI: disable proxy authentication for security reasons
  • 3D Support: DrawIndexedPrimitiveUP implementation fixes for the Windows WDDM video driver (bug #10929)
  • Storage: fixed a release assertion in the AHCI emulation when requests where canceled with asynchronous I/O disabled
  • Storage: fixed a hang during VM reset under certain circumstances (bug #10898)
  • NAT: fixed a crash under rare circumstances (Windows hosts only; bug #10128)
  • NAT: automatically use the host resolver if the host name server is set to some unusual loopback value (bug #10864)
  • E1000: fixed a VirtualBox crash during intensive network transfers (4.2 regression; bugs #10936, #10969, #10980)
  • ICH9: fixed PCI bridge initialization
  • USB mouse: ensure that the last mouse event doesn't get lost if no URBs are available
  • BIOS: certain legacy guests (e.g. Windows 95) didn't find the boot device after a warm reboot
  • BIOS: don't trash the palette in text modes when setting the border color
  • EFI: fixed OS X guest autoboot (4.2 regression)
  • VBoxManage: fixed output of showvminfo --machinereadable (bug #10973)
  • VBoxManage: fixed parsing of storageattach --discard (bug #11023)
  • VBoxManage: fixed wrong output of the HPET setting in showvminfo (bug #11065)
  • VBoxManage: fixed closing the guest session after executing a guest process via guest control
  • VBoxShell: adaptions to interface name changes
  • Guest Additions device: fixed a Guest Additions hang when a machine was reset after a crash
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.7-rc1 fixes
  • Linux Additions: support X.Org Server 1.13
  • Linux Additions: fixed a hang when the X server was restarted with old guest kernels
  • Linux Additions: fixed a VBoxService crash during CPU hot remove (bug #10964)
  • Windows Additions: fixed automatic screen resize issue for NT4 guests
  • OS/2 Additions: fixed shutdown hang
  • OS/2 Additions: fixed mouse driver panic
  • Solaris hosts: fixed autostart service going into maintenance mode after all VMs started
  • Solaris hosts: fixed linking the host driver with the dtrace module

VirtualBox 4.2.0 (released 2012-09-13)

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

  • Improved Windows 8 support, in particular many 3D-related fixes
  • GUI: VM groups (bug #288)
  • GUI: expert mode for wizards
  • GUI: allow to alter some settings during runtime
  • Support for up to 36 network cards, in combination with an ICH9 chipset configuration (bug #8805)
  • Resource control: added support for limiting network IO bandwidth; see the manual for more information (bug #3653)
  • Added possibility to start VMs during system boot on Linux, OS X and Solaris; see the manual for more information (bug #950)
  • Added experimental support for Drag'n'drop from the host to Linux guests. Support for more guests and for guest-to-host is planned. (bug #81)
  • Added support for parallel port passthrough on Windows hosts
  • Enhanced API for controlling the guest; please see the SDK reference and API documentation for more information

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

  • Mac OS X hosts: sign application and installer to avoid warnings on Mountain Lion
  • VMM: fixed a potential host crash triggered by shutting down a VM when another VM was running (only affected 32-bit hosts and 64-bit OS X hosts, 4.1 regression, bug #9897)
  • VMM: fixed a potential host crash under a high guest memory pressure (seen with Windows 8 guests)
  • VMM: improved VM context switch performance for Intel CPUs using nested paging
  • VMM: added support for FlushByASID features of AMD CPUs (Bulldozer and newer)
  • VMM: fixed unreal mode handling on older CPUs with VT-x (gPXE, Solaris 7/8/9; bug #9941)
  • VMM: fixed MP tables fixes for I/O APIC interrupt routing relevant for ancient SMP guests (e.g. old OS/2 releases)
  • VMM: support recent VIA CPUs (bug #10005)
  • VMM: fixed handling of task gates if VT-x/AMD-V is disabled
  • VMM: page fusion fixes
  • GUI: network operations manager
  • GUI: allow taking screenshots of the current VM window content (bug #5561)
  • GUI: allow automatically sorting of the VM list
  • GUI: allow starting of headless VMs from the GUI
  • GUI: allow reset, shutdown and power off from the Manager window
  • GUI: allow to globally limit the maximum screen resolution for guests
  • GUI: show the full medium part on hovering the list of recently used ISO images
  • GUI: do not create additional folders when a new machine has a separator character in its name (bug #6541)
  • GUI: don't crash on terminate if the settings dialog is still open (bug #9973)
  • GUI: consider scaled DPI values when display fonts on Windows hosts (bug #9864)
  • GUI: if a bridged network interface cannot be found, don't refuse to start the VM but allow the user to change the setting immediately
  • Snapshots: fixed a crash when restoring an old snapshot when powering off a VM (bugs #9364, #9604, #10491)
  • Clipboard: disable the clipboard by default for new VMs (see the manual for more information). It can be enabled at any time using the VM menu.
  • Settings: sanitize the name of VM folders and settings file (bug #10549)
  • Settings: allow to store the iSCSI initiator secret encrypted
  • NAT: improvements for the built-in TFTP server (bugs #7385, #10286)
  • NAT: fixed memory leak when disabling the NAT engine (bug #10801)
  • E1000: 802.1q VLAN support (bug #10429)
  • Storage: implemented burning of audio CDs in passthrough mode
  • Storage: fixed audio CD passthrough for certain media players
  • Storage: implemented support for discarding unused image blocks through TRIM for SATA and IDE and UNMAP for SCSI when using VDI images
  • Storage: added support for QED images
  • Storage: added support for QCOW (full support for v1 and readonly support for v2 images)
  • Storage: added readonly support for VHDX images
  • USB: don't crash if a USB device is plugged or unplugged when saving or loading the VM state (SMP guests only)
  • Solaris additions: added support for X.org Server 1.11 and 1.12
  • Solaris additions: switched to using an in-kernel mouse driver
  • Windows hosts: no need to recreate host-only adapters after a VirtualBox update
  • Windows hosts: updated toolchain; make the source code compatible to VC 2010 and enable some security-related compiler options
  • Windows Additions: fixed memory leak in VBoxTray (bug #10808)

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