Unicorn Engine VS qemu-t8030

Compare Unicorn Engine vs qemu-t8030 and see what are their differences.

Unicorn Engine

Unicorn CPU emulator framework (ARM, AArch64, M68K, Mips, Sparc, PowerPC, RiscV, S390x, TriCore, X86) (by unicorn-engine)

qemu-t8030

iPhone 11 emulated on QEMU (by TrungNguyen1909)
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Unicorn Engine qemu-t8030
13 16
6,647 1,756
2.2% -
6.8 9.8
27 days ago 11 months ago
C C
GNU General Public License v3.0 only GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Unicorn Engine

Posts with mentions or reviews of Unicorn Engine. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-08-10.
  • Show HN: Tetris, but the blocks are ARM instructions that execute in the browser
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 10 Aug 2023
    OFRAK Tetris is a project I started at work about two weeks ago. It's a web-based game that works on desktop and mobile. I made it for my company to bring to events like DEF CON, and to promote our binary analysis and patching framework called OFRAK.

    In the game, 32-bit, little-endian ARM assembly instructions fall, and you can modify the operands before executing them on a CPU emulator. There are two segments mapped – one for instructions, and one for data (though both have read, write, and execute permissions). Your score is a four byte signed integer stored at the virtual address pointed to by the R12 register, and the goal is to use the instructions that fall to make the score value in memory as high as possible. When it's game over, you can download your game as an ELF to relive the glory in GDB on your favorite ARM device.

    The CPU emulator is a version of Unicorn (https://www.unicorn-engine.org/) that has been cross-compiled to WebAssembly (https://alexaltea.github.io/unicorn.js/), so everything on the page runs in the browser without the need for any complicated infrastructure on the back end.

    Since I've only been working on this for a short period of time leading up to its debut at DEF CON, there are still many more features I'd eventually like to implement. These include adding support for other ISAs besides ARM, adding an instruction reference manual, and lots of little cleanups, bug fixes, and adjustments.

    My highest score is 509,644,979, but my average is about 131,378.

    I look forward to feedback, bug reports, feature requests, and strategy discussions!

  • It Takes 6 Days to Change 1 Line of Code
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Jul 2023
    Entails hundreds of hours of single-stepping through that opcode in Linux kernel using an indirect operand pointing toward its own opcode (self-modifying code).

    Even the extraordinaire Fabrice Bellard (author of QEMU) admitted that it is broke and did a total rewrite, which fixed tons of other issues.

    https://github.com/unicorn-engine/unicorn/issues/364

  • QEMU Version 7.0.0 Released
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 20 Apr 2022
    This is how I found out a snippet of assembly code that can actually distinguished between a KVM hypervisor and most of today’s emulator.

    https://github.com/unicorn-engine/unicorn/issues/364

  • Can you make a MacOS Server on the Raspberry Pi for iMessage bridging server?
    4 projects | /r/helpdesk | 3 Jun 2021
    Actually, that gives me an idea. Unicorn Engine (https://github.com/unicorn-engine/unicorn) is FOSS and claims to be able to emulate many CPU architectures like x86. Do you think it could be possible to just run a regular Hackintosh setup through Unicorn Engine‘s x86 emulator? Definitely it would be very slow, and there is chance that it will just not work, but that would make the process fairly easy as Hackintosh setup is pretty well documented. Though I have to admit that I only just found Unicorn Engine and I can find almost no documentation for it other than on their github. I would be a bit skeptical of unicorn engine, but do you think that this could be possible?
  • TIL That Flatpak apps can emulate non-native apps like Apple Rosetta. (TL;DR on bottom)
    5 projects | /r/linux | 7 May 2021
    https://www.unicorn-engine.org/ for example.

qemu-t8030

Posts with mentions or reviews of qemu-t8030. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-19.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Unicorn Engine and qemu-t8030 you can also consider the following projects:

QEMU - Official QEMU mirror. Please see https://www.qemu.org/contribute/ for how to submit changes to QEMU. Pull Requests are ignored. Please only use release tarballs from the QEMU website.

MicroPython - MicroPython - a lean and efficient Python implementation for microcontrollers and constrained systems

capstone - Capstone disassembly/disassembler framework: Core (Arm, Arm64, BPF, EVM, M68K, M680X, MOS65xx, Mips, PPC, RISCV, Sparc, SystemZ, TMS320C64x, Web Assembly, X86, X86_64, XCore) + bindings. [Moved to: https://github.com/capstone-engine/capstone]

Reverse-Engineering-Tutorial - A FREE comprehensive reverse engineering tutorial covering x86, x64, 32-bit ARM & 64-bit ARM architectures.

box86 - Box86 - Linux Userspace x86 Emulator with a twist, targeted at ARM Linux devices

TinyVM - TinyVM is a small, fast, lightweight virtual machine written in pure ANSI C.

FEMU - FEMU: Accurate, Scalable and Extensible NVMe SSD Emulator (FAST'18). Please checkout https://github.com/vtess/FEMU for latest developments.

CarpVM - "interesting" VM in C. Let's see how this goes.

PlayCover - PlayCover is a project that allows you to sideload iOS apps on macOS (currently arm, Intel support will be tested)

box64 - Box64 - Linux Userspace x86_64 Emulator with a twist, targeted at ARM64 Linux devices

oscam-patched - Open Source Cam Emulator

Docker-OSX - Run macOS VM in a Docker! Run near native OSX-KVM in Docker! X11 Forwarding! CI/CD for OS X Security Research! Docker mac Containers.