Software Update: VirtualBox 2.2.4

Sun Microsystems released version 2.2.4 of VirtualBox on Friday. This program can be used to install another operating system in a virtual environment. This makes it possible, for example, to test applications in multiple environments, without having to purchase specific hardware. VirtualBox is available for Windows 2000 and above, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris, and can handle a variety of guest operating systems.

The software is available in two versions. The full version has more functionality, such as support for USB ports and the remote display protocol, but is only free for private use and evaluation purposes. This extra functionality is closed source and is missing in the other version, the open source version. Version 2.2.4 is a so-called maintenance release and mainly contains changes that have a favorable influence on both stability and performance:

The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • Windows Installer: fixed a potential hang during installation
  • Windows Installer: fixed several problems (bug #3892)
  • Solaris hosts: make it work with Solaris build 114 or later (bug #3981)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed a bug serial port character handling found during loopback (bug #3120)
  • Linux hosts: adapted to the latest changes in VBoxManage list runningvms (bug #4034)
  • Windows hosts: fixed a crash caused by host-only/bridged networking
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed access to host DVD with passthrough disabled (bug #4077)
  • Guest Additions: fixed problems with KDE 4 not recognizing mouse clicks
  • Windows Additions: fixed incorrect 8-bit guest color depth in Windows 7 guests
  • GUI: warn if VT-x/AMD-V could not be enabled for guests that require this setting (bug #4055)
  • VMM: fixed occasional crash due to insufficiency memory
  • VMM: fixed hanging 64 bit Solaris guests
  • VMM: restore from a saved state occassionally failed (bugs #3984 and #2742)
  • Clipboard: fixed a deadlock while shutting down the shared clipboard on X11 hosts (bug #4020)
  • OVF: fixed potential hang during import
  • OVF: fixed potential crashes during import/export on Win64 hosts
  • VBoxManage modifyhd –compact: fixed bug which could lead to crashes and image corruption (bug #3864)
  • VBoxManage metrics collect: now flushes the output stream.
  • VHD: made VBoxManage internalcommands sethduuid work for .vhd files (bug #3443)
  • VHD: some .vhd files could not be cloned (bug #4080)
  • VMDK: fixed creating snapshots
  • NAT: improvement of TCP connection establishment (bug #2987)
  • NAT: fixed order of DNS servers in DHCP lease (bug #4091)
  • NAT: fixed DHCP lease for multiple name servers (bug #3692)
  • NAT: fixed a potential segfault if the host lost its connectivity (bug #3964)
  • Shared Folders: deny access to parent directories on Windows hosts (bug #4090)
  • Shared Folders: make rm/rmdir work with Solaris guests on Windows hosts
  • Networking: fixed the problem with blocked receiving thread when a broadcast packet arrives too early to be handled by uninitialized e1000 adapter.
  • Networking: fixed the problem that caused host freezes/crashes when using bridged mode with host’s interface having RX checksum of loading on (bug #3926 and related). Fixes problems with TX offlloading as well (bug #3870)
  • PXE boot: Added support for PRO/1000 MT Server adapter.
  • Python bindings: fixed keyword conflict
  • SCSI: fixed occasional crashes on Win64
  • Serial: allow to redirect the serial port to a raw file (bug #1023)
  • VRDP: fixed a rare incorrect screen update

Version number 2.2.4
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, macOS, Solaris, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista
Website Sun Microsystems
File size 62.90MB
License type GPL