Drozer is a framework for Android security assessments developed by MWR Labs. It is one of the best Android security assessment tools available for Android Security Assessments. In this blog, we will discuss some basic concepts related to Drozer.

  • It is an open-source software
  • It can do anything that an installed application can do, such as making use of Android’s Inter-Process Communication (IPC) mechanism and interact with the underlying operating system
  • Drozer is interactive in nature. To perform a security assessment using Drozer, the user has to run the commands on the console



  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.6
  • Python 2.7
  • Android SDK
  • ADB


Setting Up the Lab 

  • Download the Drozer installer from the MWR website and run it
  • Install the Drozer agent
  • The Drozer Agent is included as an Android Package (.apk) file in all Drozer distributions. This can be installed onto your emulator or device.

Setting up Drozerlab for Android Security Assessment

Figure 1: Setting up Drozerlab


Starting the Session

  • You should now have the Drozer Console installed on your PC, and the Agent running on your test device. Now, you need to connect the two and you are ready to start exploring.
  • We will use the server embedded in the Drozer Agent to do this.
  • First, you need to set up a suitable port forward so that your PC can connect to a TCP socket opened by the Agent inside the emulator, or on the device. By default, Drozer uses port 31415.

Starting the session

Figure 2: Starting the session


How to Use Drozer for Android Security Assessment

Drozer has a list of modules for interactive with android devices. Each module implements a very specific function, which lists down all the packages installed on the device. For example- ‘list’ shows a list of modules present in the current session.


Figure 3: Drozermodules


Using Drozer for Android Security Assessment

Once Drozer is installed and the session between the device and PC is established, we can use Drozer for conducting security assessment activities. In this blog, we will be using the ‘Sieve’ vulnerable android application for finding out vulnerable activities and content providers and further exploit them.

  1. Retrieve Package Information

First step for finding out any vulnerable android components is finding out package-related information.


  • run app.package.info
  • run app.package.info -a com.mwr.example.sieve

Retrieve package information

Figure 4.1: Retrieve package information


  1. Identify the Attack Surface

The second step is finding out the attack interface, i.e how many activities, content providers, etc. are exported.


  • run app.package.attacksurfacecom.mwr.example.sieve

Identify attack interface

Figure 4.2: Identify attack interface


  1. Identify And Launch Activities

The third step is finding out information related to activities that are exported to true and then launch them. If you can launch activities, which can be accessed only after authentication then you are successfully able to bypass the authentication. Sometimes, directly accessing any activity will give you access to sensitive information, for example – passwords, API keys, etc.

  • Identify Activities


  • run app.activity.info -a com.mwr.example.sieve

Identify activities

Figure 4.3.1: Identify activities

  • Launch Activities


  • run app.activity.start –component com.mwr.example.sievecom.mwr.example.sieve.PWList

Launch activities

Figure 4.3.2: Launch activities

Here is another example, using ‘Diva’ vulnerable android application. In this application, we were able to access sensitive information (API Credentials) by launching the activities directly without any authentication.


  • run app.activity.info -a jakhar.aseem.diva
  • run app.activity.start –component jakhar.aseem.divajakhar.aseem.diva.APICredsActivity

Identify and launch activities

Figure 4.3.3: Identify and launch activities


  1. Reading From Content Providers

In the fourth step, we will see how to find out information related to content providers and the permissions required to launch them.


  • run app.provider.info -a com.mwr.example.sieve

Identify content providers

Figure 4.4: Identify content providers


  1. Find Out the Content URI’s

Drozer provides a scanner module that brings together various ways to guess paths and a list of accessible content URIs.


  • run scanner.provider.finduris -a com.mwr.example.sieve

Identify content URI’s

Figure 4.5: Identify content URI’s


  1. Query The Content Provider

In this step, we will see how to query a content provider and find out the sensitive information stored in it. In the given example, we were able to find out user id, password, and pin-related information in the application. Drozer also provides scanners to find out SQL injection vulnerabilities in content providers. We can use the scanners and can further explore SQL injection in vulnerable applications.


  • run app.provider.query content://com.mwr.example.sieve.DBContentProvider/Passwords

Query content provider

Figure 4.6.1: Query content provider

  • run app.provider.query content://com.mwr.example.sieve.DBContentProvider/Keys/

Query content provider

Figure 4.6.2: Query content provider

  • run scanner.provider.injection -a content://com.mwr.example.sieve.DBContentProvider/Keys

SQL injection in content providers

Figure 4.6.3: SQL injection in content providers

  • run app.provider.query content://com.mwr.example.sieve.DBContentProvider/Passwords –projection “‘“

SQL injection in content providers

Figure 4.6.4: SQL injection in content providers

  • run app.provider.query content://com.mwr.example.sieve.DBContentProvider/Passwords/ –projection “* FROM SQLITE_MASTER WHERE type=’table’;–“

SQL injection in content providers

Figure 4.6.5: SQL injection in content providers


Drozer is an easy-to-use framework for quickly identifying weaknesses and possible vulnerabilities on Android-based applications. In this blog, we checked how to find out vulnerabilities related to vulnerable android components however, the framework still has various interestingly looking functionalities like getting the reverse shell, file upload, and download and writing you own Drozer module which can be explored further.



Prashasti Rikhari

Attack & PenTest Team

Varutra Consulting Pvt. Ltd.