Exposing the Core (part 2)

The release date of the upcoming 0.9.3 version is drawing nearer. Several format classes have already been exposed to Python and in this post I’m going to show you some code snippets. Since it’s impossible to demonstrate all format classes (12 have already been exposed) and all their methods (a single class may contain dozens of methods), the purpose of the snippets below is only to give the reader an idea of what can be achieved.

The SDK organization has changed a bit: because of its increasing size it made sense to subdivide it into modules. Thus, there’s now the Pro.Core module, the Pro.UI one and one module for each format (e.g. Pro.PE).


This is how we can output to text the raw stream of a PDF:


Streams in PDFs are usually compressed. Here’s how we can decode the same stream:


We might also want to iterate through the key/value pairs of a PDF dictionary. Thus, iterators have been implemented everywhere they could be applied. While they don’t yet support the standard Python syntax they are very easy to use:


Iterating through the objects of a PDF amounts to the same logic:


Iterating through the directories of a CFBF can be as simple as:


Retrieving a stream is equally easy:



Here’s how to output the disasm of an ActionScript2 Flash file:

The same can be done for ActionScript3 using the ABCFileObject class.


This is how to disassemble a Java Class file:


This is how to disassemble an Android DEX file class:

In the upcoming post(s) I’m going to put it all together and do some very interesting things.
So stay tuned as the best has yet to come!

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