Update VirtualBox 5.2

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Changelog for VirtualBox 5.2

VirtualBox 5.2 (released 2017-10-18)

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

  • VM export to Oracle Cloud (OPC)
  • Unattended guest installation (bug #5810; see the manual for more information)
  • Overhauled VM selector GUI (improved tools VM / global tools handling, new icons)
  • Added experimental audio support for video recording
In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: fixed reason for recent Linux kernels on also recent CPU models warning about "XSAVE consistency problem"
  • GUI: Virtual Media Manager rework allowing to manage media attributes, like size, location, type and description
  • GUI: Host-only Network Manager implemented to simplify managing corresponding networks and their attributes
  • GUI: Snapshot Pane rework allowing to manage snapshot attributes, like name and description; reworked snapshot details which looks more clear, corresponds to VM Details pane and reflects current VM state difference according to last snapshot taken
  • GUI: Audio settings extended with possibility to enable/disable audio input/output; corresponding changed were done to Audio and Video Capture settings pages; VM Devices menu and status-bar extended with corresponding actions and indicator as well
  • GUI: improvements with accessibility support
  • GUI: Fixed double mouse cursor when using mouse integration without Guest Additions, actually a Qt 5.6 bug fixed with QT 5.6.3 (Mac OS X hosts only; bug fixed in 5.1.30 (closed: fixed)" style="text-decoration-line: line-through; color: rgb(0, 0, 192); border-bottom: none;">#15610)
  • Audio: implemented (optional) device enumeration support for audio backends
  • Audio: implemented support for host device callbacks (e.g. when adding or removing an audio device)
  • Audio: HDA emulation now uses asynchronous data processing in separate threads
  • Audio: implemented ability to enable or disable audio input / output on-the-fly
  • Storage: implemented support for CUE/BIN images as CD/DVD media including multiple tracks
  • Storage: implemented support for the controller memory buffer feature for NVMe
  • Storage: first milestone of the I/O stack redesign landed
  • E1000: Fix for Windows XP freeze when booting with unplugged cable
  • NAT network: do not skip some port forwarding setup when multiple VMs are active (Windows hosts only; bug #17041)
  • Serial: fixed extremely rare misbehavior on VM poweroff
  • EFI: better video mode handling, supporting custom video modes and easier configuration (bug fixed in 5.2 (closed: fixed)" style="text-decoration-line: line-through; color: rgb(0, 0, 192); border-bottom: none;">#6783)
  • BIOS: properly report floppy logical sectors per track for unusual formats
  • BIOS: update ATA disk parameter table vectors only if there is actually a corresponding ATA disk attached
  • PXE: speed up booting by better handling pending packets when the link is not up yet
  • VBoxManage: handle CPUID sub-leaf overrides better
  • Windows Additions: fix several 3D related crashes
  • Solaris hosts: allow increasing MTU size for host-only adapter to 9706 bytes to support jumbo frames
  • Linux Additions: on systems using systemd, make sure that only the Guest Additions timesync service is active
  • many unlisted fixes and improvements
 

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