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# NVIDIA vBIOS VFIO Patcher is a script that creates a patched/spliced copy of a NVIDIA vBIOS that allows VFIO passthrough when using libvirt. This copy of the vBIOS can then be passed to libvirt, allowing the NVIDIA GPU to be used in the guest VM. This can be done by adding the following line to the VM domain XML file.
<rom file='/path/to/your/patched/gpu/bios.bin'/>
This script may be useful if you are using one of the Pascal (1xxx series) series of NVIDIA GPUs and you are having passing the GPU to the guest VM. In this case, the vBIOS of the system's primary GPU is tainted when booting the host OS, making GPU passthrough impossible unless a clean copy of the vBIOS is used.
**Use this script at your own discretion. This script has NOT been tested extensively, and has only been tested with a few GPUs belonging to he Pascal series of NVIDIA GPUs.**
**The script makes only a few rudimentary sanity checks, but no guarantees are made of the validity of the patched ROM!**
# Usage
The script should work with both Python 2 and 3.
To create a patched version of the BIOS, run the script with the following parameters.
A patched version of <ORIGINAL_ROM> will be written to <PATCHED_ROM>.


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from __future__ import print_function
import sys
import binascii
import argparse
import re
# raw_input doesn't exist in Python 3
except NameError:
raw_input = input
"I agree to be careful"
If you want to save the created vBIOS file, type the following phrase
EXACTLY as it is written below:
class VBIOSROM(object):
def __init__(self, f):
Load a VBIOS and convert it into a hex-ascii format
for easier editing
content =
self.offsets = {
"header": None,
"footer": None
self.content = binascii.hexlify(content)
def detect_offsets(self):
Search the ROM for known sections of data and raise an AssertionError
if any of the checks fails
content = self.content
# Search for the header that starts the file
# Examples of this header:
# U.y.K7400.L.w.VIDEO
# U.x.K7400.L.w.VIDEO
result = re.compile(HEADER_REGEX).search(self.content)
assert len(result.groups()) == 6, "Couldn't find the ROM header!"
self.offsets["header"] = result.start(0)
# Search for the footer, which are shortly followed by
# 'NPDS' and 'NPDE' strings. 'NPDS' and 'NPDE' markers are separated by
# 28 ASCII characters
result = re.compile(FOOTER_REGEX).search(self.content)
assert len(result.groups()) == 6, "Couldn't find the ROM footer!"
self.offsets["footer"] = result.start(0)
def run_sanity_tests(self, ignore_check=False):
Run a few sanity tests on the ROM to be a little more sure we are
working with a valid ROM
# There should be one 'NPDS' marker and three 'NPDE' markers
# before the footer we've already found
# The 'NPDS' marker should be followed by two 'NPDE' markers
npds_count = self.content.count(
b"4e504453", self.offsets["header"], self.offsets["footer"])
assert npds_count == 1, \
str("Expected only one 'NPDS' marker between header and "
"footer, found %d" % npds_count)
npde_count = self.content.count(
b"4e504445", self.offsets["header"], self.offsets["footer"])
assert npde_count == 3, \
str("Expected only three 'NPDE' markers between header and "
"footer, found %d" % npde_count)
npde_after_npds_count = self.content.count(
b"4e504445", self.content.find(b"4e504453"),
assert npde_after_npds_count == 2, \
"Expected two 'NPDE' markers after the 'NPDS' marker"
except AssertionError as e:
if ignore_check:
print("Encountered error during sanity check: %s" % str(e))
print("No problems found.")
def get_spliced_rom(self):
Convert the internal hex-ascii representation of the ROM
into binary data for saving
start = self.offsets["header"]
end = self.offsets["footer"]
spliced = self.content[start:end]
return binascii.unhexlify(spliced)
def main():
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(
"Convert a full NVIDIA Pascal vBIOS ROM into a form compatible "
"for PCI passthrough."
"-i", type=str, required=True,
help="The full ROM to read")
"-o", type=str, required=True,
help="Path for saving the newly generated ROM")
"--ignore-sanity-check", default=False, action="store_true",
help="Don't halt the script if any of the sanity checks fails"
default=False, action="store_true",
"Skip the very important warning and save the ROM without asking "
"for any input."
args = parser.parse_args()
print("Opening the ROM file...")
with open(args.i, "rb") as f:
rom = VBIOSROM(f)
print("Scanning for ROM offsets...")
print("Offsets found!")
print("Running sanity checks...")
spliced_rom = rom.get_spliced_rom()
if not args.skip_the_very_important_warning:
print("Type here: ", end="")
answer = raw_input()
if answer != PROMPT_TEXT:
print("Wrong answer, halting...")
print("Writing the edited ROM...")
with open(args.o, "wb") as f:
if __name__ == "__main__":