Detecting Virtual Environment Artefacts

Created the Monday 11 March 2019. Updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago.

Qemu registers some artifacts into the registry. A malware can detect the Qemu installation with a look at the registry key HARDWARE\\DEVICEMAP\\Scsi\\Scsi Port 0\\Scsi Bus 0\\Target Id 0\\Logical Unit Id 0 with the value of Identifier and the data of QEMU or HARDWARE\\Description\\System with a value of SystemBiosVersion and data of QEMU.

The VirtualBox Guest addition leaves many artifacts in the registry. A search for VBOX in the registry might find some keys.

The VMware installation directory C:\\Program Files\\VMware\\VMware Tools may also contain artifacts, as can the registry. A search for VMware in the registry might find some keys that include information about the virtual hard drive, adapters, and virtual mouse.

VMware leaves many artefacts in memory. Some are critical processor structures, which, because they are either moved or changed on a virtual machine, leave recognisable footprints. Malware can search through physical memory for the strings VMware, commonly used to detect memory artifacts.

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