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Android Audit Toolbox

The Android Audit Toolbox is a collection of analyzers for auditing Android applications.


  1. Download and extract Eclipse Luna IDE for Java Developers for your Operating System.

  2. Install Atlas Standard or Professional (not Lite). When installing Atlas make sure to include the Atlas experimental features. See

  3. Install dependencies.

  1. Clone the Toobox repository.

git clone

  1. Import the toolbox.audit.analysis and projects into your Eclipse workspace.

Using the Toolbox

Shell Project

To use the analysis toolbox interactively make sure you have both the toolbox.audit.analysis and projects imported into the Eclipse workspace. Then navigate to Window->Show View->Other->Atlas->Atlas Shell. Select the project from the shell project list and press OK.

From the Atlas Shell you can run any Java analysis code in the toolbox.audit.analysis project. To automatically import packages or classes on the Shell edit the atlasInit.scala file.

To open an interactive Smart View right click on the project and navigate to Atlas->Open Atlas Smart View. Drag the Smart View window to your preferred location in the Eclipse IDE. In the Smart View window click on the down arror and navigate to Script and then select the Smart View you'd like to display.

Headless Mode

The toolbox.audit.analysis project is also an Eclipse plugin that can be installed and run in a headless mode. To install the Eclipse plugin from the workspace right click on the project and navigate to Export->Plug-in Development->Deployable plug-ins and fragments. Select Next and make sure only the toolbox.audit.analysis project is selected. Then select the Install into host. radio and click Finish. You will need to restart Eclipse.

To run the analysis toolbox project in a headless mode invoke Eclipse from the command line with arguments similiar to the following:

./eclipse -application toolbox.audit.analysis.Headless 
          -data <workspace path>/headless-workspace/ 
          -import <project path>/{MyProject | MyApp.apk}
          -output <output path>/output.xml
          -vmargs -Dsdtcore.headless=true

Eclipse Arguments Explained

Argument Explanation
-application edu.iastate.binary.toolbox.analysis.Headless The identifier of the Eclipse application to run. This specifies the headless toolbox entry point.
-nosplash Disables the Eclipse splash screen
-consoleLog Redirects any log output sent to Java's System.out (typically back to the command shell if any)
-data <workspace path> Set the Eclipse workspace to use
-vmargs -Dsdtcore.headless=true Sets a VM argument to run the Scala plugin in a headless mode. Without this argument the toolbox will crash.

Headless Toolbox Arguments Explained

Argument Explanation
-import <project path>/{MyProject or MyApp.apk} Imports a Eclipse project or Android binary into the workspace
-output <output file path> Sets the output file path
-close-imported-projects-after-analysis Closes the imported project after the analysis is complete
-remove-imported-projects-after-analysis Closes and removes the imported project after the analysis is complete

For additional Eclipse runtime arguments see

Extending the Toolbox

Adding an analysis script

To add an analysis script extend toolbox.analysis.Script and implement the evaluateEnvelope method. Alternatively create your own Java classes for analysis and invoke them directly from the Headless entry point or on the Atlas Shell.

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