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VMLAUNCH "hangs" when using windows 10

50u1w4y
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Hi all,

I have implemented a hypervisor with EPT yet, it works well in Windows 7 pro x86, after I run the same hypervisor in Windows 10 pro x86, there is a strange mistake.

First, both the windows 7 machine and the windows 10 1903 machine are 4GB memory, single-core and disable pae and DEP. The machine is running in VMware 16.1 and I use windbg to debug the kernel with pipe. And according to the Microsoft document I have disabled Hyper-V using group policy. From the windows's control panel, my processor is "Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7500U CPU @ 2.70GHz  2.90 GHz". And I experience the same error on another computer with "Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz  2.90 GHz".

Here is the story.

 

_ExecuteVmLaunch Proc
	vmlaunch
	INT 3
	ret
_ExecuteVmLaunch Endp

_GuestEntryPoint Proc	StdCall _GuestEsp
	INT 3
	pop	ebp
	popad
	ret
_GuestEntryPoint Endp

 

When the vmlaunch execute successfully, the eip will turn to the _GuestEntryPoint, I have tested this in Windows 7 pro x86 machine and it works. When the vmlaunch execute failed, it should turn to the instruction after vmlauch. Both situation will make a INT 3 interrupt.

Now, in the windows 10 machine, strange mistake happened. After the vmlaunch instruction runs, there is not interruption, the windbg only shows "debuggee is running", I can't control the windows 10 machine and there is no BSOD. Even I click break in the windbg, nothing happens. I don't know where is the eip now and what really happens.

Actually, I doubt that maybe it's because of my code error. Just like the link "VMLAUNCH "hangs" when enabling EPT ". However, it works in windows 7 pro x86. So, I doubt that maybe there is something need to change in windows 10 pro x86 but the vmlaunch won't ret to let me check the error code. I read some code of hypervisor online, all of them related to windows 10 realize in windows 10 x64.

Thanks you all. 

 

50u1w4y

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50u1w4y
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Hi all,

It's my fault. In windows 7 I disable pae and nx by using "bcdedit /set pae forcedisable(nx alwaysoff)". I know pae is not support in windows 10 but I still disable pae and nx by using "bcdedit /set pae forcedisable(nx alwaysoff)". I take it for granted that it works. However, when I check the cr4.pae and cr4.pse in windows 10, I found that cr4.pae=1 !!

After I disable EPT in windows 10, the vmlaunch goes to _GuestEntryPoint so It seems work now.

So, another question, if I want to enable EPT in windows 10 x86, how can I set cr4.pae to zero? Bcdedit doesn't work and set it directly in windbg causes bug. Google seems no method for this.

When using windows 10 x64, we don't need to consider pae.

 

50u1w4y

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