VirtualBox 5.1.6 released, Linux 4.8 fix for the kernel display driver

VirtualBox 5.1.6 was recently released as a 5.1 maintenance release which improves stability and fixes regressions. Some addressed issues includes fixed issue with opening ‘.vbox’ files and it’s aliases, keyboard grabbing fixes and many others.

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VirtualBox 5.1.6 changelog


  • GUI: fixed issue with opening ‘.vbox’ files and it’s aliases
  • GUI: keyboard grabbing fixes
  • GUI: fix for passing through Ctrl + mouse-click
  • GUI: fixed automatic deletion of extension pack files
  • USB: fixed showing unknown device instead of the manufacturer or product description under certain circumstances
  • XHCI: another fix for a hanging guest under certain conditions as result of the fix for bug #15747, this time for Windows 7 guests
  • Serial: fixed high CPU usage with certain USB to serial converters on Linux hosts
  • Storage: fixed attaching stream optimized VMDK images
  • Storage: reject image variants which are unsupported by the backend
  • Storage: fixed loading saved states created with VirtualBox 5.0.10 and older when using a SCSI controller
  • Storage: fixed broken NVMe emulation if the host I/O cache setting is enabled
  • Storage: fixed using multiple NVMe controllers if ICH9 is used
  • NVMe: fixed a crash during reset which could happen under certain circumstances
  • Audio: fixed microphone input
  • Audio: fixed crashes under certain conditions
  • Audio: fixed recording with the ALSA backend (5.1 regression)
  • Audio: fixed stream access mode with OSS backend
  • E1000: do also return masked bits when reading the ICR register, this fixes booting from iPXE
  • BIOS: fixed 4bpp scanline calculation
  • API: relax the check for the version attribute in OVF/OVA appliances
  • Windows hosts: fixed crashes when terminating the VM selector or other VBox COM clients
  • Linux Installer: fixed path to the documentation in .rpm packages (5.1.0 regression)
  • Linux Installer: fixed the script to prevent an SELinux complaint
  • Linux hosts: don’t use 32-bit legacy capabilities
  • Linux Additions: Linux 4.8 fix for the kernel display driver
  • Linux Additions: don’t load the kernel modules provided by the Linux distribution but load the kernel modules from the official Guest Additions package instead
  • Linux Additions: fix dynamic resizing problems in recent Linux guests
  • User Manual: fixed error in the VBoxManage chapter for the getextradata enumerate example


Install VirtualBox 5.1.6 on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

sh -c "echo 'deb xenial contrib non-free' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list"

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1
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