Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1.6 as a maintenance release for the month of September. This new update brings an initial support for upcoming Linux kernel 4.8 to offer users the latest compatibility.
VirtualBox 5.1.6 includes a fix for the kernel display driver within Linux 4.8. Also, there is a support to load kernel modules from the Guest Additions package instead of the modules through the Linux distribution.
To deliver a secure experience, the VirtualBox release has patched the vboxdrv.sh script. SELinux was previously preventing vboxdrv.sh from write access on the directory /etc/udev/rules.d. Oracle has also fixed path to the documentation available in .rpm packages.
In addition to the tweaks for Linux devices, the new VirtualBox version has some fixes for Windows and Mac OS platforms. There are also some XHCI and NVMe improvements to offer better connectivity. Besides, the update comes along with some GUI, storage and BIOS changes to make the experience fast enough for developers and IT managers.
VirtualBox 5.1.6 is available for download on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It consumes lesser space than its preceding versions due to the separation of the extension pack files.