First Steps

If there's nothing after the peekaboo (://) you will get introduced into the visual uri maker which let's you select the target device, communication channel, and application/process to attach or spawn to start tracing from it.

$ r2 frida://

You can invoke the help menu via the following command:

$ r2 'frida://?'
r2 frida://[action]/[link]/[device]/[target]
* action = list | apps | attach | spawn | launch
* link   = local | usb | remote host:port
* device = '' | host:port | device-id
* target = pid | appname | process-name | program-in-path | abspath
* frida://                         # visual mode to select action+device+program
* frida://?                        # show this help
* frida://0                        # attach to frida-helper (no spawn needed)
* frida:///usr/local/bin/rax2      # abspath to spawn
* frida://rax2                     # same as above, considering local/bin is in PATH
* frida://spawn/$(program)         # spawn a new process in the current system
* frida://attach/(target)          # attach to target PID in current host
* frida://list/usb//               # list processes in the first usb device
* frida://apps/usb//               # list apps in the first usb device
* frida://attach/usb//12345        # attach to given pid in the first usb device
* frida://spawn/usb//appname       # spawn an app in the first resolved usb device
* frida://launch/usb//appname      # spawn+resume an app in the first usb device
* frida://attach/remote/ # attach to pid 558 on tcp remote frida-server
Environment: (Use the `%` command to change the environment at runtime)
  R2FRIDA_SAFE_IO=0|1              # Workaround a Frida bug on Android/thumb
  R2FRIDA_DEBUG=0|1                # Used to trace internal r2frida C and JS calls
  R2FRIDA_RUNTIME=qjs|v8           # Select the javascript engine to use in the agent side (v8 is default)
  R2FRIDA_DEBUG_URI=0|1            # Trace uri parsing code and exit before doing any action
  R2FRIDA_COMPILER_DISABLE=0|1     # Disable the new frida typescript compiler (`:. foo.ts`)
  R2FRIDA_AGENT_SCRIPT=[file]      # path to file of the r2frida agent

ERROR: Cannot open 'frida://?'

Process Info

Basic information about the app and environemnt

The :i commands are useful to check some basic information about the runtime:

[0x100610000]> :i
arch                arm
bits                64
os                  darwin
pid                 19347
uid                 0
objc                false
runtime             QJS
swift               false
java                false
mainLoop            false
pageSize            16384
pointerSize         8
modulename          arm_hello_ios
modulebase          0x10060c000
codeSigningPolicy   optional
isDebuggerAttached  false
cwd                 /private/var/root

Enumerating symbols

Here we can use :is to enumerate the symbols present in the process.

[0x100610000]> :is
0x10060c000 s _mh_execute_header
0x100610000 s main
0x0 u printf
0x0 u sleep

We can also enumerate imports using :ii:

[0x55d13c11061c]> :ii
0x7fa7d2170a4b f r_sys_getenv /home/hex/Tools/radare2/libr/util/
0x7fa7d1fd61e0 f read /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
0x7fa7d204c230 f strncmp /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

The same goes for exports using :ie:

[0x100610000]> :iE
0x10060c000 v _mh_execute_header
0x100610000 f main

Enumerating loaded libraries

To view the libraries in memory, we can use :il, and we'll see some basic information such as their base address:

[0x100610000]> :il
0x000000010060c000 0x0000000100614000 arm_hello_ios
0x0000000101154000 0x00000001013fc000 substitute-loader.dylib
0x00000001be229000 0x00000001be22b000 libSystem.B.dylib
0x00000001db8c3000 0x00000001db8c9000 libcache.dylib

Enumerating memory ranges

We can get virtual memory maps using :dm:

[0x1021d8058]> :dm
0x00000001021d4000 - 0x00000001021d8000 r-x /private/var/root/arm_hello_ios
0x00000001021d8000 - 0x00000001021dc000 r-x /private/var/root/arm_hello_ios
0x00000001021dc000 - 0x00000001021e0000 r-- /private/var/root/arm_hello_ios
0x00000001021e0000 - 0x00000001021e4000 r-- /private/var/root/arm_hello_ios
0x00000001021e4000 - 0x0000000102208000 r-- /usr/lib/libsubstrate.dylib
0x00000001022e4000 - 0x00000001022ec000 rw- /usr/lib/libsubstrate.dylib
0x00000001022ec000 - 0x00000001022f0000 r-- /usr/lib/libsubstrate.dylib

And we can get the full ranges using :dmm:

[0x1021d8058]> :dmm
0x00000001021d4000 - 0x00000001021e4000 r-x /private/var/root/arm_hello_ios
0x00000001021e4000 - 0x0000000102328000 rwx /usr/lib/libsubstrate.dylib
0x0000000102328000 - 0x0000000102360000 rwx /usr/lib/libsubstitute.dylib
0x0000000102360000 - 0x00000001024c0000 rwx /usr/lib/dyld
0x0000000102520000 - 0x0000000102ed0000 rwx /usr/lib/substitute-loader.dylib
0x0000000107d00000 - 0x000000018ae40000 rwx /System/Library/Caches/


iOS and macOS apps are usually made or containing some objc metadata that is important for us to locate the methods of interest


We can list the ObjC classes in memory using the :icl command:

[0x00000000]> :icl