objection Runtime Mobile Exploration
introduction – objection Runtime Mobile Exploration
objection is a runtime mobile exploration toolkit, powered by Frida. It was built with the aim of helping assess mobile applications and their security posture without the need for a jailbroken or rooted mobile device.
The project’s name quite literally explains the approach as well, whereby runtime specific objects are injected into a running process and executed using Frida.
Note This is not some form of jailbreak/root bypass. By using objection, you are still limited by all of the restrictions imposed by the applicable sandbox you are facing.
features – objection Runtime Mobile Exploration
Supporting both iOS and Android and having new features and improvements added regularly as the tool is used in real-world scenarios, the following is a short list of only a few key features:
For all supported platforms, objection allows you to:
- Patch iOS and Android applications, embedding a Frida gadget that can be used with
objectionor just Frida itself.
- Interact with the filesystem, listing entries as well as upload & download files where permitted.
- Perform various memory-related tasks, such as listing loaded modules and their respective exports.
- Attempt to bypass and simulate jailbroken or rooted environments.
- Discover loaded classes and list their respective methods.
- Perform common SSL pinning bypasses.
- Dynamically dump arguments from methods called as you use the target application.
- Interact with SQLite databases inline without the need to download the targeted database and use an external tool.
- Execute custom Frida scripts.
iOS-specific features in objection include the ability to:
- Dump the iOS keychain, and export it to a file.
- Dump data from common storage such as NSUserDefaults and the shared NSHTTPCookieStorage.
- Dump various formats of information in human-readable forms.
- Bypass certain forms of TouchID restrictions.
- Watch for method executions by targeting all methods in a class, or just a single method.
- Monitor the iOS pasteboard.
- Dump encoded .plist files in a human-readable format without relying on external parsers.
Android specific features in objection include the ability to:
- List the applications Activities, Services, and Broadcast Receivers.
- Start arbitrary Activities available in the target application.
- Watch a class method, reporting execution as it happens.
- Change the iOS patcher shorthand flag used when specifying a provisioning profile to an upper case P. Lower case was conflicting with the –pause / -p flag.
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