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FireEye Labs Obfuscated String Solver


You can install FLOSS in a few different ways. First, if you simply want to use FLOSS to extract strings, just download the standalone binaries. However, if you want to use FLOSS as a Python library, you can install the package directly from Github using pip. Finally, if you'd like to contribute patches or features to FLOSS, you'll need to work with a local copy of the source code.

Method 1: Using FLOSS standalone

If you simply want to use FLOSS to extract strings, use the standalone binaries we host on Github: These binary executable files contain all the source code, Python interpreter, and associated resources needed to make FLOSS run. This means you can run it without any installation! Just invoke the file using your terminal shell to see the help documentation.

We used PyInstaller to create these packages.

Method 2: Using FLOSS as a Python library

If you'd like to use FLOSS as part of an automated analysis system, you might want to invoke it as a Python library. This will be less messy than using system() to shell-out to FLOSS and parse STDOUT. We designed FLOSS to be as easy to use from a client program as from the command line.

To install FLOSS as a Python library, you'll need to install a few dependencies, and then use pip to fetch the FLOSS module.

Step 1: Install requirements

First, install a few required dependencies. Heres the easiest way:

Step 2: Install FLOSS module

Second, use pip to install the FLOSS module to your local Python environment. This fetches the library code to your computer, but does not keep editable source files around for you to hack on. If you'd like to edit the source files, see Method 3.

  • Install FLOSS:

    $ pip install

Step 3: Use FLOSS from a Python script

You can now import the floss module from a Python script:

import floss

Method 3: Inspecting the FLOSS source code

If you'd like to review and modify the FLOSS source code, you'll need to check it out from Github and install it locally. By following these instructions, you'll maintain a local directory of source code that you can modify and run easily.

Step 1: Install requirements

First, install a few required dependencies. Heres the easiest way:

Step 2: Check out source code

  • Clone the FLOSS git repository:

    $ git clone /local/path/to/src

Step 3: Install the local source code

Next, use pip to install the source code in "editable" mode. This means that Python will load the FLOSS module from this local directory rather than copying it to site-packages or dist-packages. This is good, because it is easy for us to modify files and see the effects reflected immediately. But be careful not to remove this directory unless uninstalling FLOSS!

  • Install FLOSS:

    $ pip install -e ./local/path/to/src

you'll find that the FLOSS.exe (Windows) or floss (Linux) executables in your path now invoke the FLOSS binary from this directory.

Step 4: Building standalone executables

Once youre happy with your contribution to FLOSS, you can package and distribute a standalone exectuable for your friends using PyInstaller. This combines the source code, Python interpreter, and required resources into a single file that can be run without installation.

  • Install pyinstaller:

    $ pip install pyinstaller

  • Build standalone executable:

    $ pyinstaller floss.spec

  • Distribute standalone executable:

    $ cp ./dist/floss.exe /the/internet