Needle -iOS Security Testing Framework

Assessing the security of an iOS application typically requires a plethora of tools, each developed for a specific need and all with different modes of operation and syntax. The Android ecosystem has tools like “drozer” that have solved this problem and aim to be a ‘one stop shop’ for the majority of use cases, however iOS does not have an equivalent.

Needle is an open source modular framework which aims to streamline the entire process of conducting security assessments of iOS applications, and acts as a central point from which to do so. Given its modular approach, Needle is easily extensible and new modules can be added in the form of python scripts. Needle is intended to be useful not only for security professionals, but also for developers looking to secure their code. A few examples of testing areas covered by Needle include: data storage, inter-process communication, network communications, static code analysis, hooking and binary protections. The only requirement in order to run Needle effectively is a jailbroken device.


Needle -iOS Security Testing Framework

Some of the tool features are:

  • Shell access to the device
  • Command execution on the iOS
  • Loading files on the device
  • Binary Analysis
  • Data Storage Analysis with test to see if the application is violating the security requirement
  • Dynamic Analysis with several verification such as check that the app cannot be run on a jailbroken device, Dump memory regions of the app and look for strings,
  • Monitor the app data folder and keep track of modified files
  • Monitor the OS Pasteboard and dump its content
  • Monitor the syslog in background and dump its content
  • Watch the syslog in realtime
  • Hooking application calls
  • Static analysis of the apps source code

You can download the latest release of this tool on the following link:

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