Detecting Mac Address

Virtualbox and VMware use specific virtual Mac address that can be detected by Malware.

  • The usual mac address used by Virtualbox starts with the following number: 08:00:27.
  • The usual mac address used by VMware starts with the following numbers: 00:0C:29, 00:1C:14, 00:50:56, 00:05:69.

Malware can use this simple trick to detect if it is running in a virtual environment and decide to not run properly.


Code Snippets

package main

import (

func getMacAddr() ([]string, error) {
    ifas, err := net.Interfaces()
    if err != nil {
        return nil, err
    var as []string
    for _, ifa := range ifas {
        a := ifa.HardwareAddr.String()
        if a != "" {
            as = append(as, a)
    return as, nil

func main() {
    // Blacklist VM mac address
    var macvm = []string{"08:00:27", "00:0C:29", "00:1C:14", "00:50:56", "00:05:69"}

    as, err := getMacAddr()
    if err != nil {

    for i, s:= range macvm {
        for _, a := range as {
            str := strings.ToUpper(a)
            if str[0:8] == s[0:8] {
                fmt.Println("VM detected!")
		fmt.Println(i, s)

Detection Rules

rule UNPROTECT_VM_Evasion_MACAddrComb {
        author = "ditekSHen"
        description = "Detects executables referencing virtualization MAC addresses"
        $s1 = "00:03:FF" ascii wide nocase
        $s2 = "00:05:69" ascii wide nocase
        $s3 = "00:0C:29" ascii wide nocase
        $s4 = "00:16:3E" ascii wide nocase
        $s5 = "00:1C:14" ascii wide nocase
        $s6 = "00:1C:42" ascii wide nocase
        $s7 = "00:50:56" ascii wide nocase
        $s8 = "08:00:27" ascii wide nocase
         uint16(0) == 0x5a4d and 3 of them

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