Created the Monday 11 March 2019. Updated 3 years, 6 months ago.

Checking the CPU ID found within the registry can provide information to what kind of system you are running.

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/* Check hypervisor presence bit */
static inline int cpuid_hv_bit(){
    int ecx;
    __asm__ volatile("cpuid" \
        : "=c"(ecx) \
        : "a"(0x01));
    return (ecx>>31) & 0x1;
/* Get hypervisor name */
static inline void cpuid_hv_vendor_00(char * vendor){
    int ebx = 0, ecx = 0, edx = 0;
    __asm__ volatile("cpuid" \
        : "=b"(ebx), \
        : "=c"(ecx), \
        : "=d"(edx) \
        : "a"(0x40000000));
    sprintf(vendor, "%c%c%c%c", ebx, (ebx>>8), (ebx>>16), (ebx>>24));
    sprintf(vendor+4, "%c%c%c%c", ebx, (ebx>>8), (ebx>>16), (ebx>>24));
    sprintf(vendor+8, "%c%c%c%c", ebx, (ebx>>8), (ebx>>16), (ebx>>24));
    vendor[12] = 0x00;
void cpu_write_hv_vendor(char * vendor){
int cpu_known_vm_vendors(){
    const int count = 6;
    int i;
    char cpu_hv_vendor[13];
    strings strs[count];
    strs[0] = "KVMKVMKVM\0\0\0"; /* KVM */
    strs[1] = "Microsoft Hv"; /* Microsoft Hyper-V or Windows Virtual PC */
    strs[2] = "VMwareVMware"; /* VMware */
    strs[3] = "XenVMMXenVMM"; /* Xen */
    strs[4] = "prl hyperv"; */ Parallels */
    strs[5] = "VBoxVBoxVBox"; /* VirtualBox */
    for (i=0; i < count; i++){
        if (!memcmp(cpu_hv_vendor,strs[i], 12)) return TRUE;
    return FALSE;

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