ID #1057

How to hide being inside a VM ?

It is not possible to hide the existence of a VM from a skilled user.

It is only possible to hide the fact that a virtual machine is used from simple "Am I running inside a VM ?" tests.
Those tests are used by several programs - the idea is to prevent an unexperienced user from using this program inside a VM.
Some programs only allow more expensive Pro-versions to be used inside a VM.
VMware itself for example prevents installing Workstation inside a VM.

Very simple detection mechanisms can be cheated by closing the backdoor that is used by the VMware-Tools.
For those simple apps this parameter may be enough

monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = "TRUE"

For more sophisticated programs this may help:

monitor_control.virtual_rdtsc = "false"
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = "true" = "true" = "true" = "true" = "true"
monitor_control.disable_directexec = "true"

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