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82fcc0b Nov 14, 2011
Romain Goyet Markdown, not RedCloth
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Here are the tools we wrote to reverse-engineer Siri.

The code is extremely dirty as it was written, erased, written again, and is a pure product of a trial-and-error process. Anyway, here's a simple how-to if you want to have fun with it :

How to get the necessary bits

  • Generate a certificate authority
  • Add it to your iPhone
  • Sign a certificate for "" using that authority. This should produce the ".crt" and ".key" files your server will need.
  • Setup a fake DNS server that resolves "" to your own machine, and configure your iPhone to use it.
  • Start the "siriServer.rb" server. You will need some ruby gem installed. I have tested it only on Mac OS X 10.7.2 with Ruby 1.9.2.
  • Make Siri dictation request, for example from the application. On the server, this will dump all the "interesting" bits (X-Ace-Host identifier, sessionData and such).
  • Use them to replace instances of "COMMENTED_OUT" in the code

How to do speech-to-text using a non-iPhone4S machine

  • Record your voice into whatever format you like
  • Use ffmpeg to convert the sound to raw sound samples (see the text file for the exact command line). Name it "tentative.raw"
  • Install the speex library and its header. On Mac OS X, "brew install speex" once you've setup Homebrew
  • Compile the speexEnc.m file (gcc speexEnc.m -lspeex -framework Foundation -o speexEnc)
  • Run ./speexEnc. It will produce a input.sif file with speex packets the Ruby script will be able to read
  • Run the "Siri.old.inline.rb" script. Et voilà !