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Tutorial [Starter Pack] iOS Hacking [IDA, MS, MS HOOK, ETC]

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This is a start pack/list with everything about iOS Hacking. We will try and keep this up to date as much as we can but you should also always use the search function on iOSGods to find new topics. If you have any questions or problems, make a Help & Support topic. We also have a Coding Center where people share their offsets and code for you to study and learn.

Here is a list of some general tools/requirements for hacking iOS applications:


 - A file manager such as: iFile or Filza File Manager from Cydia.

- A memory editor such as: iGameGuardian, GameGem or GamePlayer.

- Tweak to allow remote SSH connections on your iDevice: OpenSSH from Cydia

- A file manager to SSH to your iDevice: WinSCP (Windows), CyberDuck (Windows & Mac).

- A terminal to SSH to your iDevice: PuTTY (Windows), Terminal (Mac (stock application)).

- A debugger such as: GNU-Debugger from Cydia (cydia.radare.org) or LLDB.

- A tool for MS hacking: Flex 2/3 from Cydia.

- IDA Professional v6.8 (or download the latest from the official website? https://iosgods.com/topic/24897-download-ida-pro-68-70-pro/

- A way to remove hacking protection from applications (ASLR/PIE):  http://armconverter.com/binarytools/. You can also search iOSGods for other automatic and manual methods.

- A way to convert ARM/HEX to HEX/ARM: http://armconverter.com/hextoarm/

- MSHook Generator which basically generates the Tweak.xm for you: http://armconverter.com/mshookgenerator/

- Code Inject Generator which basically generates the Tweak.xm for you: http://armconverter.com/binarytools/

More information about http://armconverter.com/'s binary toolshttps://iosgods.com/topic/20338-binary-tools-online-strings-symbols-binary-thinning-class-dump-remove-aslrpie-and-cploader-online/



How to Install Theos: 



Theos is basically used to create and make .deb files. So you will definitely need this.




Have you never hacked on iOS? This is what I recommend you do:




The first and easiest type of hacking method you should learn is MS (mobile substrate), it's easy to learn and understand. So that is what we'll be starting with.

For this method, you do NOT need a computer.


Creating a simple MS hack using Flex 2: 


I suggest you follow the tutorial, and practice this hacking method on a few games.

Please remember that this method does not work for all games, for those which it doesn't work on, you need to hack with IDA, since it's a sub_x game.

A few games that you can practice on: 

- Pou

- Happy Wheels

Zombie Gunship


If you want to create your Flex patch into a tweak (.deb), follow this tutorial: https://iosgods.com/topic/16580-✯tutorial-making-a-simple-yet-effective-tweak-from-flex-2015✯/


If there's something you don't understand, please search for tutorials and make help & support topics.

For offsets, and examples of tweak.xm's, please visit the code section: https://iosgods.com/forum/48-coding-center/





After that you've practiced the previous method of hacking (MS) on multiple games, you are ready to move on to the "next step", which is MS Hooking.


For this method, you DO need a computer. However, http://armconverter.com/binarytools/ may be able to help you find the symbols you need using just your iDevice.

You will need to use a tool called "IDA" on your computer, which you can download from here: https://www.hex-rays.com/products/ida/support/download_demo.shtml


There are many tutorials on this forum on MS Hooking, and I've picked out the ones I believe is the easiest one to follow, with the best content.


General information tutorial: https://iosgods.com/topic/831-tutorial-how-to-hack-using-mobile-substrate-method-hooking/

Tutorial hacking a game: https://iosgods.com/topic/4295-tutorial-how-to-hack-with-mshook-new-way/


To make things easier, you can use this online MS Hook generator: http://armconverter.com/mshookgenerator/


If there's something you don't understand, please search for tutorials and make help & support topics.

For offsets, and examples of tweak.xm's, please visit the code section: https://iosgods.com/forum/48-coding-center/




Now when you know how to hack a game using MS hooking, you are ready for the last step, which is hacking games using IDA.


How to Hack Games with IDA:



Firstly, you'll need to install IDA Pro, which you can download from this topic: https://iosgods.com/topic/24897-download-ida-pro-68-70-pro-mac-windows/

As well as a debugger such as: GNU-Debugger from Cydia (cydia.radare.org) & LLDB (Windows Mac

These are all tutorials that I've handpicked.


The green ones contain general information on what IDA is and basic tutorial what to do inside IDA

The purple ones contain information and tutorials on what to do before and in IDA and how the get offsets (offsets show you the instructions to hack, read more about it in the green tutorials) 

The orange ones contain information on how to do specific things within IDA.


Tutorial (detailed): https://iosgods.com/topic/51365-starter-pack-ios-hacking-ida-ms-ms-hook-etc




How to Hack Using GNU-Debugger (VIDEO)https://iosgods.com/topic/4767-idavideotutorial-how-to-hack-sub_x-games-using-gpigg-gdb-ida/

How to Hack Using GNU-Debuggerhttps://iosgods.com/topic/781-tutorial-how-to-hack-using-gnu-debugger-gdb/

How to Hack Using LLDBhttps://iosgods.com/topic/5380-working-on-ios-9-how-to-get-lldb-working-on-windows/#comment-127530


How to Hack with Stringshttps://iosgods.com/topic/26584-ida-tutorialhow-to-hack-with-strings/

How to Hack Vectorshttps://iosgods.com/topic/7885-ida-tutorialhow-to-deal-withhack-vectors/#comment-211260

How to Disable Anti-Debugging Protectionhttps://iosgods.com/topic/26721-breaking-securityhow-to-disable-syscall-anti-debugging-protection/

How to Disable Memory Checkshttps://iosgods.com/topic/6995-ida-tutorialhow-to-disable-memory-checks/

How to Hack Floats (ARM64)https://iosgods.com/topic/39081-ida-tutorial-how-to-hack-floats-in-arm64/


Tutorial on instance variables and function pointers: https://iosgods.com/topic/65529-instance-variables-and-function-pointers/

:new:Tutorial on static members and multithreading:  https://iosgods.com/topic/70716-static-members-and-multithreading/



*Before hacking a game binary using IDA, you should crack, thin and remove ASLR from the binary. Tutorials on how to do so are listed at the bottom of this topic.


If there's something you don't understand, please search for tutorials and make help & support topics.

For offsets, and examples of tweak.xm's, please visit the code section: https://iosgods.com/forum/48-coding-center/





Other useful things to know: 


How to Thin a Binary:


How to Crack an Application: 


How to Remove ASLR from a Binary:


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Updated a tutorial link.
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Add Cracking Apps 


Also. For ease of access in making new theos project, make a new file called "theos" in /usr/bin and enter 


Type theos in MTerminal to start theos automatically.

for making and installing package, make a file called "mpi" and enter

make package install

inside. If you dont want to install automatically, use only make package 


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