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What is angr, and how do I use it?

angr is a multi-architecture binary analysis toolkit, with the capability to perform dynamic symbolic execution (like Mayhem, KLEE, etc.) and various static analyses on binaries. If you'd like to learn how to use it, you're in the right place!

We've tried to make using angr as pain-free as possible - our goal is to create a user-friendly binary analysis suite, allowing a user to simply start up iPython and easily perform intensive binary analyses with a couple of commands. That being said, binary analysis is complex, which makes angr complex. This documentation is an attempt to help out with that, providing narrative explanation and exploration of angr and its design.

Several challenges must be overcome to programmatically analyze a binary. They are, roughly:

  • Loading a binary into the analysis program.
  • Translating a binary into an intermediate representation (IR).
  • Performing the actual analysis. This could be:
    • A partial or full-program static analysis (i.e., dependency analysis, program slicing).
    • A symbolic exploration of the program's state space (i.e., "Can we execute it until we find an overflow?").
    • Some combination of the above (i.e., "Let's execute only program slices that lead to a memory write, to find an overflow.")

angr has components that meet all of these challenges. This book will explain how each one works, and how they can all be used to accomplish your evil goals.

Get Started

Installation instructions can be found here.

To dive right into angr's capabilities, start with the top level methods and read forward from there.

A searchable HTML version of this documentation is hosted at docs.angr.io, and an HTML API reference can be found at angr.io/api-doc.

Citing angr

If you use angr in an academic work, please cite the papers for which it was developed:

@article{shoshitaishvili2016state,
  title={SoK: (State of) The Art of War: Offensive Techniques in Binary Analysis},
  author={Shoshitaishvili, Yan and Wang, Ruoyu and Salls, Christopher and Stephens, Nick and Polino, Mario and Dutcher, Andrew and Grosen, John and Feng, Siji and Hauser, Christophe and Kruegel, Christopher and Vigna, Giovanni},
  booktitle={IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy},
  year={2016}
}

@article{stephens2016driller,
  title={Driller: Augmenting Fuzzing Through Selective Symbolic Execution},
  author={Stephens, Nick and Grosen, John and Salls, Christopher and Dutcher, Andrew and Wang, Ruoyu and Corbetta, Jacopo and Shoshitaishvili, Yan and Kruegel, Christopher and Vigna, Giovanni},
  booktitle={NDSS},
  year={2016}
}

@article{shoshitaishvili2015firmalice,
  title={Firmalice - Automatic Detection of Authentication Bypass Vulnerabilities in Binary Firmware},
  author={Shoshitaishvili, Yan and Wang, Ruoyu and Hauser, Christophe and Kruegel, Christopher and Vigna, Giovanni},
  booktitle={NDSS},
  year={2015}
}

Support

To get help with angr, you can ask via:

Going further:

You can read this paper, explaining some of the internals, algorithms,
and used techniques to get a better understanding on what's going on under the
hood.