StaCoAn – Mobile App Static Analysis Tool

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StaCoAn is a cross-platform tool which aids developers, bug bounty hunters and ethical hackers performing mobile app static analysis on the code of the application for both native Android and iOS applications.

StaCoAn - Mobile App Static Analysis Tool


This tool will look for interesting lines in the code which can contain:

  • Hardcoded credentials
  • API keys
  • URL’s of API’s
  • Decryption keys
  • Major coding mistakes

This tool was created with a big focus on usability and graphical guidance in the user interface.

Features of StaCoAn Mobile App Static Analysis Tool

The concept is that you drag and drop your mobile application file (an .apk or .ipa file) on the StaCoAn application and it will generate a visual and portable report for you. You can tweak the settings and wordlists to get a customized experience.

The reports contain a handy tree viewer so you can easily browse through your decompiled application.

It also contains the following features:

  • Looting concept – Roughly equivalent to bookmarking findings of value.
  • Wordlists – The application uses wordlists for finding interesting lines in the code.
  • Filetypes – Any source file will be processed. This contains ‘.java', '.js', '.html', '.xml',... files.
  • Responsive Design – The reports are made to fit on all screens.

Limitations wise, this tool will have trouble with obfuscated code. If you are a developer try to compile without obfuscation turned on before running this tool.

We have covered a few other static analysis tools, but none really native mobile-focused such as:

Yasca – Multi-Language Static Analysis Toolset
Brakeman – Static Analysis Rails Security Scanner
RIPS – Static Source Code Analysis For PHP Vulnerabilities

You can download StaCoAn here:

Linux: StaCoAn-v0.77-linux.zip
Windows: StaCoAn-v0.77-windows.zip
OS X: StaCoAn-v0.77-osx.zip
Source: StaCoAn-v0.77.zip

Or read more here.

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