API Reference

This API is under active development, and should be considered unstable.

Helpers

manticore.issymbolic(value)

Helper to determine whether an object is symbolic (e.g checking if data read from memory is symbolic)

Parameters:value (object) – object to check
Returns:whether value is symbolic
Return type:bool
manticore.variadic(func)

A decorator used to mark a function model as variadic. This function should take two parameters: a State object, and a generator object for the arguments.

Parameters:func (callable) – Function model

Manticore

class manticore.Manticore(path_or_state, argv=None, workspace_url=None, policy='random', **kwargs)

The central analysis object.

This should generally not be invoked directly; the various class method constructors should be preferred: linux(), decree(), evm().

Parameters:
  • path_or_state (str or State) – Path to a binary to analyze (deprecated) or State object
  • argv (list[str]) – Arguments to provide to binary (deprecated)
Variables:

context (dict) – Global context for arbitrary data storage

add_hook(pc, callback)

Add a callback to be invoked on executing a program counter. Pass None for pc to invoke callback on every instruction. callback should be a callable that takes one State argument.

Parameters:
  • pc (int or None) – Address of instruction to hook
  • callback (callable) – Hook function
classmethod decree(path, concrete_start='', **kwargs)

Constructor for Decree binary analysis.

Parameters:
  • path (str) – Path to binary to analyze
  • concrete_start (str) – Concrete stdin to use before symbolic input
  • kwargs – Forwarded to the Manticore constructor
Returns:

Manticore instance, initialized with a Decree State

Return type:

Manticore

classmethod evm(**kwargs)

Constructor for Ethereum virtual machine bytecode analysis.

Parameters:kwargs – Forwarded to the Manticore constructor
Returns:Manticore instance, initialized with a EVM State
Return type:Manticore
hook(pc)

A decorator used to register a hook function for a given instruction address. Equivalent to calling add_hook().

Parameters:pc (int or None) – Address of instruction to hook
init(f)

A decorator used to register a hook function to run before analysis begins. Hook function takes one State argument.

classmethod linux(path, argv=None, envp=None, entry_symbol=None, symbolic_files=None, concrete_start='', **kwargs)

Constructor for Linux binary analysis.

Parameters:
  • path (str) – Path to binary to analyze
  • argv (list[str]) – Arguments to provide to the binary
  • envp (str) – Environment to provide to the binary
  • entry_symbol – Entry symbol to resolve to start execution
  • symbolic_files (list[str]) – Filenames to mark as having symbolic input
  • concrete_start (str) – Concrete stdin to use before symbolic input
  • kwargs – Forwarded to the Manticore constructor
Returns:

Manticore instance, initialized with a Linux State

Return type:

Manticore

locked_context(key=None, value_type=<class 'list'>)

A context manager that provides safe parallel access to the global Manticore context. This should be used to access the global Manticore context when parallel analysis is activated. Code within the with block is executed atomically, so access of shared variables should occur within.

Example use:

with m.locked_context() as context:
    visited = context['visited']
    visited.append(state.cpu.PC)
    context['visited'] = visited

Optionally, parameters can specify a key and type for the object paired to this key.:

with m.locked_context('feature_list', list) as feature_list:
    feature_list.append(1)
Parameters:
  • key (object) – Storage key
  • value_type (list or dict or set) – type of value associated with key
run(procs=1, timeout=0, should_profile=False)

Runs analysis.

Parameters:
  • procs (int) – Number of parallel worker processes
  • timeout – Analysis timeout, in seconds
terminate()

Gracefully terminate the currently-executing run. Typically called from within a hook().

static verbosity(level)

Convenience interface for setting logging verbosity to one of several predefined logging presets. Valid values: 0-5.

State

class manticore.core.state.State(constraints, platform, **kwargs)

Representation of a unique program state/path.

Parameters:
  • constraints (ConstraintSet) – Initial constraints
  • platform (Platform) – Initial operating system state
Variables:

context (dict) – Local context for arbitrary data storage

abandon()

Abandon the currently-active state.

Note: This must be called from the Executor loop, or a hook().

constrain(constraint)

Constrain state.

Parameters:constraint (manticore.core.smtlib.Bool) – Constraint to add
generate_testcase(name, message='State generated testcase')

Generate a testcase for this state and place in the analysis workspace.

Parameters:
  • name (str) – Short string identifying this testcase used to prefix workspace entries.
  • message (str) – Longer description
invoke_model(model)

Invoke a model. A model is a callable whose first argument is a State. If the model models a normal (non-variadic) function, the following arguments correspond to the arguments of the C function being modeled. If the model models a variadic function, the following argument is a generator object, which can be used to access function arguments dynamically. The model callable should simply return the value that should be returned by the native function being modeled.

Parameters:model (callable) – Model to invoke
new_symbolic_buffer(nbytes, **options)

Create and return a symbolic buffer of length nbytes. The buffer is not written into State’s memory; write it to the state’s memory to introduce it into the program state.

Parameters:
  • nbytes (int) – Length of the new buffer
  • label (str) – (keyword arg only) The label to assign to the buffer
  • cstring (bool) – (keyword arg only) Whether or not to enforce that the buffer is a cstring (i.e. no NULL bytes, except for the last byte). (bool)
  • taint (tuple or frozenset) – Taint identifier of the new buffer
Returns:

Expression representing the buffer.

new_symbolic_value(nbits, label=None, taint=frozenset())

Create and return a symbolic value that is nbits bits wide. Assign the value to a register or write it into the address space to introduce it into the program state.

Parameters:
  • nbits (int) – The bitwidth of the value returned
  • label (str) – The label to assign to the value
  • taint (tuple or frozenset) – Taint identifier of this value
Returns:

Expression representing the value

solve_buffer(addr, nbytes)

Reads nbytes of symbolic data from a buffer in memory at addr and attempts to concretize it

Parameters:
  • address (int) – Address of buffer to concretize
  • nbytes (int) – Size of buffer to concretize
Returns:

Concrete contents of buffer

Return type:

list[int]

solve_n(expr, nsolves)

Concretize a symbolic Expression into nsolves solutions.

Parameters:expr (manticore.core.smtlib.Expression) – Symbolic value to concretize
Returns:Concrete value
Return type:list[int]
solve_one(expr)

Concretize a symbolic Expression into one solution.

Parameters:expr (manticore.core.smtlib.Expression) – Symbolic value to concretize
Returns:Concrete value
Return type:int
symbolicate_buffer(data, label='INPUT', wildcard='+', string=False, taint=frozenset())

Mark parts of a buffer as symbolic (demarked by the wildcard byte)

Parameters:
  • data (str) – The string to symbolicate. If no wildcard bytes are provided, this is the identity function on the first argument.
  • label (str) – The label to assign to the value
  • wildcard (str) – The byte that is considered a wildcard
  • string (bool) – Ensure bytes returned can not be NULL
  • taint (tuple or frozenset) – Taint identifier of the symbolicated data
Returns:

If data does not contain any wildcard bytes, data itself. Otherwise, a list of values derived from data. Non-wildcard bytes are kept as is, wildcard bytes are replaced by Expression objects.

SLinux

Symbolic Linux

class manticore.platforms.linux.SLinux(programs, argv=None, envp=None, symbolic_files=None, disasm='capstone')

Builds a symbolic extension of a Linux OS

Parameters:
  • programs (str) – path to ELF binary
  • disasm (str) – disassembler to be used
  • argv (list) – argv not including binary
  • envp (list) – environment variables
  • symbolic_files (tuple[str]) – files to consider symbolic
add_symbolic_file(symbolic_file)

Add a symbolic file. Each ‘+’ in the file will be considered as symbolic; other chars are concretized. Symbolic files must have been defined before the call to run().

Parameters:symbolic_file (str) – the name of the symbolic file

Cpu

class manticore.core.cpu.abstractcpu.Cpu(regfile, memory, **kwargs)

Base class for all Cpu architectures. Functionality common to all architectures (and expected from users of a Cpu) should be here. Commonly used by platforms and py:class:manticore.core.Executor

The following attributes need to be defined in any derived class

  • arch
  • mode
  • max_instr_width
  • address_bit_size
  • pc_alias
  • stack_alias
all_registers

Returns all register names for this CPU. Any register returned can be accessed via a cpu.REG convenience interface (e.g. cpu.EAX) for both reading and writing.

Returns:valid register names
Return type:tuple[str]
read_bytes(where, size, force=False)

Read from memory.

Parameters:
  • where (int) – address to read data from
  • size (int) – number of bytes
  • force – whether to ignore memory permissions
Returns:

data

Return type:

list[int or Expression]

read_int(where, size=None, force=False)

Reads int from memory

Parameters:
  • where (int) – address to read from
  • size – number of bits to read
  • force – whether to ignore memory permissions
Returns:

the value read

Return type:

int or BitVec

read_register(register)

Dynamic interface for reading cpu registers

Parameters:register (str) – register name (as listed in self.all_registers)
Returns:register value
Return type:int or long or Expression
write_bytes(where, data, force=False)

Write a concrete or symbolic (or mixed) buffer to memory

Parameters:
  • where (int) – address to write to
  • data (str or list) – data to write
  • force – whether to ignore memory permissions
write_int(where, expression, size=None, force=False)

Writes int to memory

Parameters:
  • where (int) – address to write to
  • expr (int or BitVec) – value to write
  • size – bit size of expr
  • force – whether to ignore memory permissions
write_register(register, value)

Dynamic interface for writing cpu registers

Parameters:
  • register (str) – register name (as listed in self.all_registers)
  • value (int or long or Expression) – register value

Models

Models here are intended to be passed to invoke_model(), not invoked directly.

manticore.models.strlen()
manticore.models.strcmp()

EVM

Symbolic EVM implementation based on the yellow paper: http://gavwood.com/paper.pdf

class manticore.ethereum.ABI

This class contains methods to handle the ABI. The Application Binary Interface is the standard way to interact with contracts in the Ethereum ecosystem, both from outside the blockchain and for contract-to-contract interaction.

static function_call(type_spec, *args)

Build transaction data from function signature and arguments

static function_selector(method_name_and_signature)

Makes a function hash id from a method signature

static serialize(ty, *value, **kwargs)

Serialize value using type specification in ty. ABI.serialize(‘int256’, 1000) ABI.serialize(‘(int, int256)’, 1000, 2000)

class manticore.ethereum.ManticoreEVM(procs=10, **kwargs)

Manticore EVM manager

Usage Ex:

from manticore.ethereum import ManticoreEVM, ABI
m = ManticoreEVM()
#And now make the contract account to analyze
source_code = '''
    pragma solidity ^0.4.15;
    contract AnInt {
        uint private i=0;
        function set(uint value){
            i=value
        }
    }
'''
#Initialize user and contracts
user_account = m.create_account(balance=1000)
contract_account = m.solidity_create_contract(source_code, owner=user_account, balance=0)
contract_account.set(12345, value=100)

m.finalize()
all_states

Iterates over the all states (terminated and alive)

static compile(source_code, contract_name=None, libraries=None, runtime=False, solc_bin=None, solc_remaps=[])

Get initialization bytecode from a Solidity source code

count_running_states()

Running states count

count_states()

Total states count

count_terminated_states()

Terminated states count

create_account(balance=0, address=None, code=None, name=None)

Low level creates an account. This won’t generate a transaction.

Parameters:
  • balance (int or SValue) – balance to be set on creation (optional)
  • address (int) – the address for the new account (optional)
  • code – the runtime code for the new account (None means normal account) (optional)
  • name – a global account name eg. for use as reference in the reports (optional)
Returns:

an EVMAccount

create_contract(owner, balance=0, address=None, init=None, name=None, gas=21000)

Creates a contract

Parameters:
  • owner (int or EVMAccount) – owner account (will be default caller in any transactions)
  • balance (int or SValue) – balance to be transferred on creation
  • address (int) – the address for the new contract (optional)
  • init (str) – initializing evm bytecode and arguments
  • name (str) – a unique name for reference
  • gas – gas budget for the creation/initialization of the contract
Return type:

EVMAccount

finalize()

Terminate and generate testcases for all currently alive states (contract states that cleanly executed to a STOP or RETURN in the last symbolic transaction).

get_balance(address, state_id=None)

Balance for account address on state state_id

get_code(address, state_id=None)

Storage data for offset on account address on state state_id

get_metadata(address)

Gets the solidity metadata for address. This is available only if address is a contract created from solidity

get_storage_data(address, offset, state_id=None)

Storage data for offset on account address on state state_id

get_world(state_id=None)

Returns the evm world of state_id state.

global_coverage(account)

Returns code coverage for the contract on account_address. This sums up all the visited code lines from any of the explored states.

last_return(state_id=None)

Last returned buffer for state state_id

load(state_id=None)

Load one of the running or final states.

Parameters:state_id (int or None) – If None it assumes there is a single running state
make_symbolic_arguments(types)

Make a reasonable serialization of the symbolic argument types

make_symbolic_buffer(size, name=None)

Creates a symbolic buffer of size bytes to be used in transactions. You can operate on it normally and add constraints to manticore.constraints via manticore.constrain(constraint_expression)

Example use:

symbolic_data = m.make_symbolic_buffer(320)
m.constrain(symbolic_data[0] == 0x65)
m.transaction(caller=attacker_account,
                address=contract_account,
                data=symbolic_data,
                value=100000 )
make_symbolic_value(nbits=256, name=None)

Creates a symbolic value, normally a uint256, to be used in transactions. You can operate on it normally and add constraints to manticore.constraints via manticore.constrain(constraint_expression)

Example use:

symbolic_value = m.make_symbolic_value()
m.constrain(symbolic_value > 100)
m.constrain(symbolic_value < 1000)
m.transaction(caller=attacker_account,
                address=contract_account,
                data=data,
                value=symbolic_value )
new_address()

Create a fresh 160bit address

run(**kwargs)

Run any pending transaction on any running state

running_states

Iterates over the running states

save(state, state_id=None, final=False)

Save a state in secondary storage and add it to running or final lists

Parameters:
  • state – A manticore State
  • state_id – if not None force state_id (overwrite)
  • final – True if state is final
Returns:

a state id

solidity_create_contract(source_code, owner, name=None, contract_name=None, libraries=None, balance=0, address=None, args=(), solc_bin=None, solc_remaps=[])

Creates a solidity contract and library dependencies

Parameters:
  • source_code (str) – solidity source code
  • owner (int or EVMAccount) – owner account (will be default caller in any transactions)
  • contract_name (str) – Name of the contract to analyze (optional if there is a single one in the source code)
  • balance (int or SValue) – balance to be transferred on creation
  • address (int or EVMAccount) – the address for the new contract (optional)
  • args (tuple) – constructor arguments
  • solc_bin (str) – path to solc binary
  • solc_remaps (list of str) – solc import remaps
Return type:

EVMAccount

terminated_states

Iterates over the terminated states

transaction(caller, address, value, data, gas=21000)

Issue a symbolic transaction in all running states

Parameters:
  • caller (int or EVMAccount) – the address of the account sending the transaction
  • address (int or EVMAccount) – the address of the contract to call
  • value (int or SValue) – balance to be transfered on creation
  • data – initial data
  • gas – gas budget
Raises:

NoAliveStates – if there are no alive states to execute

transactions(state_id=None)

Transactions list for state state_id

world

The world instance or None if there is more than one state