Extensions to Soot

Karim Ali edited this page Aug 29, 2018 · 12 revisions

This page lists a number of extensions to Soot and/or tools that are designed to be used with Soot, and which can be helpful in different circumstances.


Heros supports the template-driven inter-procedural data-flow analysis of applications using the IFDS and IDE frameworks. Using Heros, you can quickly prototype context and flow-sensitive data-flow analyses by simply defining a set of flow functions.


FlowDroid supports the analysis of Android apps. It comprises an entry-point generator that allows you to simulate the events of the Android lifecycle. Moreover, it supports the automated tracking of both explicit and implicit information flows.


TamiFlex allows you to collect information about reflective calls and incorporate them into your static analysis. Also, it can be used to incorporate offline-transformed classes into an application's class-loading process.


Soot-Scala is a Scala thin wrapper around many parts of the Soot API to make it follow Scala conventions. It includes many implicit classes that follow the Pimp-my-library pattern and a few extractors to use in Scala match statements.

JavaEE Entry Point Generator

The JavaEE Entry Point Generator creates entry points for Jax-WS web services and Servlets. Servlet information can be loaded from web.xml or from the code. Jax-WS information is always loaded from the code. Servlets' access control restrictions and filters are integrated in the entry points we generate.


Averroes is a standalone tool that generates a placeholder library over-approximating the possible behaviour of the original library. The placeholder library can be constructed quickly without analyzing the whole program, and is typically in the order of 80 kB of classes (comparatively, the Java standard library is 25 MB). Any existing whole-program call graph construction framework, including Soot, can use the placeholder library as a replacement for the actual libraries to efficiently construct a sound and precise application call graph. The current version of Averroes is both context-insensitive and flow-insensitive.


JTDec adds a tree-decomposition framework to Soot. It can be used to obtain small-width tree decompositions of Soot Methods and balance them so that they can be utilized for other analyses.


The Just-in-Time analysis concepts aims at making static analysis more usable to the end user, often the code developer. It allows analysis writers to encode prioritization properties into the analysis. At runtime, certain paths are analyzed before others, allowing important results to be returned first. Cheetah is an implementation of the Just-in-Time analysis concept for taint analysis for Android applications. It is integrated in the Eclipse IDE as a plugin.


VisuFlow is a debugging environment designed to support static analysis writers understand and debug an analysis. It is written as an Eclipse plugin, and supports static data-flow analyses written on top of the Soot analysis framework.


Boomerang is a demand-driven pointer analysis for Java built on top of Soot and Heros. Boomerang is context-,field, and flow-sensitive and efficiently answers pointer queries on demand. For a given variable at a statement, Boomerang computes (1) all potential objects a variable refers to a runtime (in form of their allocation statements) and (2) all other local variables pointing to the same objects.


IDE/AL builts on top of Boomerang and Heros and enables an alias-aware data-flow analysis, for instance, an alias-aware typestate analysis. IDE/AL automatically computes and constructs data-flow between aliases with a minimal overhead: Alias information is only compute where necessary.

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