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  • Why JARVIS?

    • JARVIS means "Just Another ReVersIng Suite" or whatever other bullshit you can think of :)
  • What is it?

    • It is a small bughunting suite comprising three elements, namely:
    • A fuzzer (to be released)
    • A tracer based on INTEL PIN
    • A plugin for IDA Pro thought to assist you with the most common reversing tasks. It integrates with the tracer.
  • Isn't there already something similar?

    • Yes, "curious minds often converge on the same idea" :) and by the way, there is nothing new under the sun. Now seriously, Alex and Daniel got it right with the code organization of their IDAScope plugin, so I used it as a skeleton for mine. Kudos to them!
  • Why does the code suck so much?

    • Don't let physicists do computer science.


JARVIS is written entirely in Python and it is thought to be completely standalone. That means, although it runs within IDA, you can just copy its whole directory to anywhere you want. However, it is recommended (as a matter of convenience) to copy the contents of the IDAPlugin directory to IDA's plugins/

The auxiliary plugin registers a shortcut (Alt-J) which launches the actual plugin.


  • Python 2.7.x (grab it here)
    • Recommended Python 2.7.9+ (includes pip)
  • NetworkX (pip install networkx)
  • IDA Pro :)

Graphical User Interface

JARVIS is written in PySide (Qt). It consists of a dockable Widget with several tabs, one for each different category.

There are three different kinds of widgets, namely:

  • Table view (for example calls within current function)
  • Tree view (for example dword compares)
  • Text view (the logging at the bottom)


Binary Analysis

Functionality related to binary analysis (dough!) without any special emphasis in vulnerability finding.

At least I tried, sometimes the line between both is too thin...

Binary Analysis Toolbar

The options available in this tab are:

  • Show most referenced functions
  • Show dword compares
    • Checks whether global variables are being compared to immediate values (binary-wide). These usually hold things like error codes or alike. Identifying and renaming them allow a better understanding of new code when found again.
  • Mark immediate compares within the current function
    • It is helpful when analyzing something like a parser, for example.
  • Show calls within the current function
    • When reversing large functions it is nice to have all information at once. For example, if at once all calls are UI related, we can probably just rename this function and move on.
  • Show comments within the current function
  • Show referenced strings within the current function
  • Show input (file and network) connecting to the current function
    • Functions accepting any kind of input, for which there is a path connecting them and the current function.
  • Show a list of all functions in the binary
    • This is no longer necessary, will probably disappear in next versions.
  • Display connection graph (functions)
  • Get all connections between functions accepting input and functions calling dangerous APIs
    • This is very CPU intensive, use with caution.
  • Paint path(s) connecting two basic blocks
  • XOR selected bytes
    • useful with malware / simple encryption schemes

Bug Hunting

Functionality specifically designed around bug hunting goes here.

There is not much at the moment...

Bug Hunting toolbar

  • Detection of banned APIs (MS)
  • Integer issues
    • Right now this is too x86 specific
    • Buggy and it gets confused sometimes by loops or alike. However, false positives are quickly detected and discarded by a human agent.
    • There will be false positives and negatives but as a rule of thumb you will need 10 minutes (tops) to go through them. On the bright side you will have found a handful of potentially exploitable code spots (stack, heap based buffer overflows).
    • Now you need to determine whether you can influence the parameters with your input.

Import & Export

This is for interacting with external tools.

Import / Export toolbar

  • Import a call trace from a PinTool
  • Export the trace to file in GraphML format
    • Import it to an external graph editor / viewer like Yed
  • Import dynamic call resolution from a PinTool
  • Export current function as hex
    • This is needed by some tools
  • Export patched bytes to file
    • Creates a copy of the original file replacing the bytes patched in the IDA database.
    • Requested by m1k3 :)


This is the killer feature :) You can even save your notes to a file!

Yes, I know IDA Pro already has this feature and saves the data to the IDB file but it looked convenient to have everything in one place.


Runtime options controlling things like the amount of information being displayed, etc.

Options tab

  • Show unique strings
  • Show unique comments
  • Show unique calls
  • Calculate entropy (for strings)
  • Connect BB cutoff
    • The cutoff parameter for the algorithm calculating paths between basic blocks
  • Connect functions cutoff
    • Analogous to the previous but for paths between functions

Other GUI augmentation

NOTE: a large amount of people still using an older version of IDA, for unknown reasons (cough, chinese guy, cough, australian company). Since the GUI features described below are based on changes introduced in version 6.7 of IDA, JARVIS was unable to start.

A quick workaround has been introduced to allow JARVIS to run in older versions of IDA, with limited functionality. However, the "connect functions" graph can still be used by selecting the origin and destination functions clicking the "show all functions" button and using the context menu (see screenshot below)

Connect functions workaround

And now for the IDA 6.7+ users

The main goal of JARVIS is to get out of the way while adding some nice features which allow you to work faster. With this goal in mind, some GUI augmentation has been added for your clicking pleasure.

Calculating paths between basic blocks

A new context menu has been added to the disassembly view (the graph thingy). Of course it is labeled JARVIS.

Connect basic blocks context menu

Simply right click the basic block on the graph view and select the appropiate menu entry. You will see some logging on IDA's output window

Once you got both start and end basic blocks selected, click the connect basic blocks button to get a list of all possible paths connecting them.

Connect basic blocks toolbar button

Double clicking the Path ID you will be presented with a color chooser widget where you can select a custom color to paint the choosen path on the graph view.

A penetrating yellow, for example, always does the trick :)

All paths between selected basic blocks

Voila! There you have your very visual path between basic blocks.

Path connecting basic blocks

Calculating paths between functions

Similarly to the method explained above, JARVIS adds a new menu item to the popup for the functions window

Connect functions context menu

Connect functions button

The graph showing the paths between functions

The graph is of course clickable and will take you to the corresponding function in IDA's disassembly view by double clicking on a node.


The complementary tracing tool is Intel PIN based with a PySide GUI.

Since IDA Pro has a version of PySide itself, it is advised to install PySide in a virtual environment (read this)

PinTracer UI (Mac OS X)

To install it:

  • Move the PinTracer folder to some location of your choice.
  • Run the install.bat file. It will create a JARVISVE directory within PinTracer, create a virtual environment and install PySide
  • That should be it :)

The batch script run.bat takes care of transparently preparing the virtual environment and running the PinTracer program.

About the PinTool itself. A version compiled for Windows 32 bits against Pin 71313 (vc12) is included. If you have another version of Pin, you will need to compile the PinTool against it. The source code is included (PinTracer/src_pintool/PinTracer.cpp) and the simplest way to compile it is to use the MyPinTool trick, well described here


"Just Another ReVersIng Suite" or whatever other bullshit you can think of




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