Drozer Tutorial

APKs to test


Install Drozer Client inside your host. Download it from the latest releases.

pip install drozer-2.4.4-py2-none-any.whl
pip install twisted
pip install service_identity

Download and install drozer APK from the latest releases. At this moment it is this.

adb install drozer.apk

Starting the Server

Agent is running on port 31415, we need to port forward to establish the communication between the Drozer Client and Agent, here is the command to do so:

adb forward tcp:31415 tcp:31415

Finally, launch the application and press the bottom "ON"

And connect to it:

drozer console connect

Interesting Commands




Shows help of the selected module


Shows a list of all drozer modules that can be executed in the current session. This hides modules that you don’t have appropriate permissions to run.


Start an interactive Linux shell on the device, in the context of the Agent.


Remove temporary files stored by drozer on the Android device.


Load a file containing drozer commands and execute them in sequence.


Find and install additional drozer modules from the Internet.


Remove a named variable that drozer passes to any Linux shells that it spawns.


Stores a value in a variable that will be passed as an environmental variable to any Linux shells spawned by drozer.


Start an interactive Linux shell on the device, in the context of the Agent


Execute a drozer module


Drozer can create exploits to execute in the decide. drozer exploit list


The exploits need a payload. drozer payload list


Find the name of the package filtering by part of the name:

dz> run app.package.list -f sieve  

Basic Information of the package:

dz> run app.package.info -a com.mwr.example.sieve
Package: com.mwr.example.sieve
Process Name: com.mwr.example.sieve
Version: 1.0
Data Directory: /data/data/com.mwr.example.sieve
APK Path: /data/app/com.mwr.example.sieve-2.apk
UID: 10056
GID: [1028, 1015, 3003]
Shared Libraries: null
Shared User ID: null
Uses Permissions:
 - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
 - android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
 - android.permission.INTERNET
Defines Permissions:
 - com.mwr.example.sieve.READ_KEYS
 - com.mwr.example.sieve.WRITE_KEYS

Read Manifest:

run app.package.manifest jakhar.aseem.diva

Attack surface of the package:

dz> run app.package.attacksurface com.mwr.example.sieve
Attack Surface:
 3 activities exported
 0 broadcast receivers exported
 2 content providers exported
 2 services exported
 is debuggable
  • Activities: Maybe you can start an activity and bypass some kind of authorization that should be prevent you from launching it.

  • Content providers: Maybe you can access private dato or exploit some vulnerability (SQL Injection or Path Traversal).

  • Services:

  • is debuggable: Learn more


An exported activity component’s “android:exported” value is set to “true” in the AndroidManifest.xml file:

<activity android:name="com.my.app.Initial" android:exported="true">

List exported activities:

dz> run app.activity.info -a com.mwr.example.sieve
Package: com.mwr.example.sieve

Start activity:

Maybe you can start an activity and bypass some kind of authorization that should be prevent you from launching it.

dz> run app.activity.start --component com.mwr.example.sieve com.mwr.example.sieve.PWList

You can also start an exported activity from adb:

  • PackageName is com.example.demo

  • Exported ActivityName is com.example.test.MainActivity

adb shell am start -n com.example.demo/com.example.test.MainActivity

Content Providers

This post was so big to be here so you can access it in its own page here.


A exported service is declared inside the Manifest.xml:

<service android:name=".AuthService" android:exported="true" android:process=":remote"/>

Inside the code check for the handleMessagefunction which will receive the message:

List service

dz> run app.service.info -a com.mwr.example.sieve 
Package: com.mwr.example.sieve
    Permission: null
    Permission: null

Interact with a service

app.service.send            Send a Message to a service, and display the reply  
app.service.start           Start Service                                       
app.service.stop            Stop Service


Take a look to the drozer help for app.service.send:

Note that you will be sending first the data inside "msg.what", then "msg.arg1" and "msg.arg2", you should check inside the code which information is being used and where. Using the --extra option you can send something interpreted by "msg.replyTo", and using --bundle-as-obj you create and object with the provided details.

In the following example:

  • what == 2354

  • arg1 == 9234

  • arg2 == 1

  • replyTo == object(string com.mwr.example.sieve.PIN 1337)

run app.service.send com.mwr.example.sieve com.mwr.example.sieve.AuthService --msg 2354 9234 1 --extra string com.mwr.example.sieve.PIN 1337 --bundle-as-obj

Broadcast Receivers

Android apps can send or receive broadcast messages from the Android system and other Android apps, similar to the publish-subscribe design pattern. These broadcasts are sent when an event of interest occurs. For example, the Android system sends broadcasts when various system events occur, such as when the system boots up or the device starts charging. Apps can also send custom broadcasts, for example, to notify other apps of something that they might be interested in (for example, some new data has been downloaded).

Apps can register to receive specific broadcasts. When a broadcast is sent, the system automatically routes broadcasts to apps that have subscribed to receive that particular type of broadcast.

This could appear inside the Manifest.xml file:

<receiver android:name=".MyBroadcastReceiver"  android:exported="true">
        <action android:name="android.intent.action.BOOT_COMPLETED"/>
        <action android:name="android.intent.action.INPUT_METHOD_CHANGED" />

From: https://developer.android.com/guide/components/broadcasts

After discovering this Broadcast Receivers you should check the code of them. Pay special attention to the onReceivefunction as it will be handling the messages received.

Detect all broadcast receivers

run app.broadcast.info #Detects all

Check broadcast receivers of an app

#Check one negative
run app.broadcast.info -a jakhar.aseem.diva
Package: jakhar.aseem.diva
  No matching receivers.

# Check one positive
run app.broadcast.info -a com.google.android.youtube
Package: com.google.android.youtube
    Permission: null
    Permission: com.google.android.c2dm.permission.SEND
    Permission: null
    Permission: null
    Permission: null

Broadcast Interactions

app.broadcast.info          Get information about broadcast receivers           
app.broadcast.send          Send broadcast using an intent                      
app.broadcast.sniff         Register a broadcast receiver that can sniff particular intents

Send a message

In this example abusing the FourGoats apk Content Provider you can send an arbitrary SMS any non-premium destination without asking the user for permission.

If you read the code, the parameters "phoneNumber" and "message" must be sent to the Content Provider.

run app.broadcast.send --action org.owasp.goatdroid.fourgoats.SOCIAL_SMS --component org.owasp.goatdroid.fourgoats.broadcastreceivers SendSMSNowReceiver --extra string phoneNumber 123456789 --extra string message "Hello mate!"

Is debuggeable

A prodduction APK should never be debuggeable. This mean that you can attach java debugger to the running application, inspect it in run time, set breakpoints, go step by step, gather variable values and even change them. InfoSec institute has an excellent article on digging deeper when you application is debuggable and injecting runtime code.

When an application is debuggable, it will appear in the Manifest:

<application theme="@2131296387" debuggable="true"

You can find all debuggeable applications with Drozer:

run app.package.debuggable


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