Argus-SAF: Argus static analysis framework

License Build Status

This is official reporitory for the Argus-SAF.

For test and play with Argus-SAF, you can fork from our Argus-SAF-playground project, which have the basic setup for a Argus-SAF enhanced project with demo codes of how to perform different kind of analysis.

Repository structure

+--src/main/scala/org.argus.saf/Main.scala     Main class for argus-saf CLI.
+--jawa         Core static analysis data structures, "*.class"&"*.jawa" file managing, jawa compiler, class hierarchy, method body resolving, flow analysis, etc.
+--amandroid    Android resource parsers, information collector, decompiler, environment method builder, flow analysis, etc.
+--jnsaf        Java native interface analysis.
+--nativedroid  Annotation based analysis using angr symbolic execution engine.

Obtaining Argus-SAF as library

Depend on Jawa Maven Central by editing build.sbt:

libraryDependencies += "com.github.arguslab" %% "jawa" % VERSION

Depend on Amandroid Maven Central by editing build.sbt:

libraryDependencies += "com.github.arguslab" %% "amandroid" % VERSION

Note that: Depend on Amandroid will automatically add Jawa as dependency. If you use Maven or Gradle, you should translate it to corresponding format.

Obtaining Argus-SAF CLI Tool

Requirement: Java 10

  1. Goto binaries folder.
  2. Download argus-saf_***-version-assembly.jar
  3. Get usage by:
$ java -jar argus-saf_***-version-assembly.jar

Developing Argus-SAF

In order to take part in Argus-SAF development, you need to:

  1. Install the following software:

    • IntelliJ IDEA 14 or higher with compatible version of Scala plugin
  2. Fork this repository and clone it to your computer

$ git clone
  1. Open IntelliJ IDEA, select File -> New -> Project from existing sources (if from initial window: Import Project), point to the directory where Argus-SAF repository is and then import it as SBT project.

  2. When importing is finished, go to Argus-SAF repo directory and run

$ git checkout .idea

in order to get artifacts and run configurations for IDEA project.

  1. [Optional] To build Argus-SAF more smooth you should give 2GB of the heap size to the compiler process.

    • if you use Scala Compile Server (default): Settings > Languages & Frameworks > Scala Compile Server > JVM maximum heap size

    • if Scala Compile Server is disabled: Settings > Build, Execution, Deployment > Compiler > Build process heap size

  2. Build Argus-SAF from command line: go to Argus-SAF repo directory and run

$ tools/bin/sbt clean compile test
  1. Generate fat jar: go to Argus-SAF repo directory and run
$ tools/bin/sbt assembly

Install JN-Saf with NativeDroid

Install JN-Saf and NativeDroid:

$ tools/scripts/

You can install either one by:

$ tools/scripts/ jnsaf
$ tools/scripts/ nativedroid

Run BenchMark Test

After install JN-Saf and NativeDroid. Run:

$ tools/scripts/ droidbench
$ tools/scripts/ iccbench
$ tools/scripts/ nativeflowbench

Launch JN-SAF for native analysis

  1. Install nativedroid:
$ tools/scripts/ nativedroid
  1. Start nativedroid server:
$ python nativedroid/nativedroid/server/ /tmp/binaries nativedroid/nativedroid/data/sourceAndSinks/NativeSourcesAndSinks.txt nativedroid/data/sourceAndSinks/TaintSourcesAndSinks.txt
  1. Use NativeDroidClient.scala to communicate with the nativedroid server to perform native analysis.


  1. If python code in Intellij shows unresolved imports, you should manually import the nativedroid folder as a python module and set Python SDK. Recommend to use a python virtualenv to install nativedroid with it's required python packages.

Bazel build

Bazel integration in progress. Ignore all the BUILD files for now.

How to contribute

To contribute to the Argus-SAF, please send us a pull request from your fork of this repository!

For more information on building and developing Argus-SAF, please also check out our guidelines for contributing. People who provided excellent ideas are listed in contributor.

What to contribute

If you don't know what to contribute, you can checkout the issue tracker with help wanted label, and claim one to help yourself warm up with Argus-SAF.