Portable Executable: coming soon

In the upcoming 0.8.1 release of the Profiler initial support for PE files has been introduced. 🙂

Optional Header

Most of the work went into optimizing the UI and allowing for complex custom views to be built easily, while maintaining great speed. Even the grid control you can see here displayed is a custom control.

In the following screenshot you can see a complex view displaying the section headers.

Section Headers

And here’s a more basic view for the import directory.

Import Directory

Another eye candy screenshot of the section headers with entropy computation for one section.

Section Entropy

What will be present in this first PE edition is mainly about the file format itself. What is going to be missing is a viewer for the resources and one for the .NET directory, because we need first to implement an efficient and customizable tree control. Also ranges won’t be supported as long as the whole file format isn’t supported. This is due to the fact that the PE is one of the most studied and documented file formats around, hence the necessity to be very precise when calculating data ranges.

Also, soon we’ll release a demo of the Profiler. Stay tuned!

Python 3 SDK: actions & custom scripts

The new version 0.7.3 of Cerbero Suite features a powerful Python 3 SDK, which enables to run custom scripts and actions. Let’s first take a look at a simple script. Just press Ctrl+R (or “Execute action…” in the context menu of a view) and go to “Custom”:

Simple script

As it is easy to guess, this basic script shows a message box. Message boxes can be used to notify things to the user or to ask him a question. Most of the time they won’t be necessary and the standard output can be used instead. All the output produced by Python will be visible in the output console. In fact, the console will become visible when something is printed to it (this behavior can be changed from the options).

Output console

The SDK can be used to retrieve data from views, set their data, create new views and so on. But before looking at a more advanced script, let’s talk about a new feature of Cerbero Suite: actions. For the purpose of demonstration let’s take a malware with obfuscated JavaScript.

Obfuscated JS

And now let’s again press Ctrl+R in the context of the obfuscated JavaScript.


By activating the “Beautify JavaScript” action we will get a beautified version (jsbeautifier.org) of the previously obfuscated JavaScript.

Beautified JS

Python actions are defined in the config/actions.cfg file.

category = JavaScript
label = Beautify JavaScript
file = javascript.py
context = text

The section name (JSBeautify) specifies the id of the action and is also the name of the function to be called in file. The file field supports absolute paths as well, otherwise the script will be loaded from plugins/python. The category and label specify in which category inside the execute action dialog the action should be grouped and its description. When the category field is omitted, it will default to “Other”.

The context field is very important as it specifies when the action should be available for use. In this specific case, the action can be used in any text view. An action can also be available in more than one context.

; available both in text and hex views
context = text|hex

; available in text and hex views only when text or data is selected
context = text|hex|sel

; always available even when not in a view
context = any

Now let’s see how to create an action which decodes some selected text from base64 and shows the decoded bytes in a new hex view. First it is necessary to define the action.

category = Samples
label = Base64 decoder
file = samples.py
context = text|sel

And here’s the Python code.

from Pro.UI import *

def Base64Decode():
    context = proContext()
    view = context.getCurrentView()
    if view.isValid() and view.hasSelection():
        text = view.getSelectedText()
        decview = context.createView(ProView.Type_Hex, "Base64 decoded data")
        import base64
    return 0

Let’s see it in action with a PGP public key.

PGP Public Key

And the decoded data.

PGP decoded key

Although the SDK is brand new, you will see very soon some new useful actions implemented. 🙂