IntroVirt, short for introspective virtualization, is a customized Xen Hypervisor and library that provides a robust virtual machine (VM) introspection application programming interface (API). VM introspection is the process of looking at the memory contents of a virtual machine during runtime. By applying knowledge of the guest operating system, introspection can be used for a variety of applications, including reverse engineering, debugging software, and securing guest VMs by limiting access to files or limiting an executing application’s functionality.

IntroVirt consists of two components: a patched version of the Xen Hypervisor, and the IntroVirt userland library. The Windows® IntroVirt library, WintroVirt, can be used as a userland library that sits above IntroVirt to interact with Windows®-based guests. As IntroVirt and WintroVirt are both libraries, they use the widely accepted library nomenclature, referred to as libintrovirt and libwintrovirt, respectively.

Proven Application Areas:

Cyber asset protection
Malware analysis
Reverse engineering
Dynamic application analysis
Dynamic forensic analysis
Training & simulation
Experimentation & instrumentation
Cloud security

Advantage: IntroVirt

Collect and analyze non-invasively, without guest cooperation
Enable and disable event interception—context-based, with low overhead
Enforce policy, manipulate the environment, and terminate a process
Examine core Windows® data structures
Trace Windows® system calls, system call returns, and arguments

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