This section is based on the http://radare.today article "binary diffing"
Without any parameters,
radiff2 by default shows what bytes are changed and their corresponding offsets:
$ radiff2 genuine cracked 0x000081e0 85c00f94c0 => 9090909090 0x000081e0 0x0007c805 85c00f84c0 => 9090909090 0x0007c805 $ rasm2 -d 85c00f94c0 test eax, eax sete al
Notice how the two jumps are nop'ed.
For bulk processing, you may want to have a higher-level overview of differences. This is why radare2 is able to compute the distance and the percentage of similarity between two files with the
$ radiff2 -s /bin/true /bin/false similarity: 0.97 distance: 743
If you want more concrete data, it's also possible to count the differences, with the
$ radiff2 -c genuine cracked 2
If you are unsure whether you are dealing with similar binaries, with
-C flag you can check there are matching functions. It this mode, it will give you three columns for all functions: "First file offset", "Percentage of matching" and "Second file offset".
$ radiff2 -C /bin/false /bin/true entry0 0x4013e8 | MATCH (0.904762) | 0x4013e2 entry0 sym.imp.__libc_start_main 0x401190 | MATCH (1.000000) | 0x401190 sym.imp.__libc_start_main fcn.00401196 0x401196 | MATCH (1.000000) | 0x401196 fcn.00401196 fcn.0040103c 0x40103c | MATCH (1.000000) | 0x40103c fcn.0040103c fcn.00401046 0x401046 | MATCH (1.000000) | 0x401046 fcn.00401046 fcn.000045e0 24 0x45e0 | UNMATCH (0.916667) | 0x45f0 24 fcn.000045f0 ...
Moreover, we can ask radiff2 to perform analysis first - adding
-A option will run
aaa on the binaries.
And we can specify binaries architecture for this analysis too using
$ radiff2 -AC -a x86 /bin/true /bin/false | grep UNMATCH [x] Analyze all flags starting with sym. and entry0 (aa) [x] Analyze len bytes of instructions for references (aar) [x] Analyze function calls (aac) [ ] [*] Use -AA or aaaa to perform additional experimental analysis. [x] Constructing a function name for fcn.* and sym.func.* functions (aan)) [x] Analyze all flags starting with sym. and entry0 (aa) [x] Analyze len bytes of instructions for references (aar) [x] Analyze function calls (aac) [ ] [*] Use -AA or aaaa to perform additional experimental analysis. [x] Constructing a function name for fcn.* and sym.func.* functions (aan)) sub.fileno_500 86 0x4500 | UNMATCH (0.965116) | 0x4510 86 sub.fileno_510 sub.__freading_4c0 59 0x44c0 | UNMATCH (0.949153) | 0x44d0 59 sub.__freading_4d0 sub.fileno_440 120 0x4440 | UNMATCH (0.200000) | 0x4450 120 sub.fileno_450 sub.setlocale_fa0 64 0x3fa0 | UNMATCH (0.104651) | 0x3fb0 64 sub.setlocale_fb0 fcn.00003a50 120 0x3a50 | UNMATCH (0.125000) | 0x3a60 120 fcn.00003a60
And now a cool feature : radare2 supports graph-diffing, à la DarunGrim, with the
-g option. You can either give it a symbol name, of specify two offsets, if the function you want to diff is named differently in compared files. For example,
radiff2 -md -g main /bin/true /bin/false | xdot - will show differences in
main() function of Unix
false programs. You can compare it to
radiff2 -md -g main /bin/false /bin/true | xdot - (Notice the order of the arguments) to get the two versions.
This is the result:
Parts in yellow indicate that some offsets do not match. The grey piece means a perfect match. The red one highlights a strong difference. If you look closely, you will see that the left part of the picture has
mov edi, 0x1; call sym.imp.exit, while the right one has
xor edi, edi; call sym.imp.exit.
Binary diffing is an important feature for reverse engineering. It can be used to analyze security updates, infected binaries, firmware changes and more...
We have only shown the code analysis diffing functionality, but radare2 supports additional types of diffing between two binaries: at byte level, deltified similarities, and more to come.
We have plans to implement more kinds of bindiffing algorithms into r2, and why not, add support for ASCII art graph diffing and better integration with the rest of the toolkit.