Friday, 21 August 2015

Windows installer!

This is a small blog post for a big announcement, at least if you are a Windows user! We know that installing Bokken is not the easiest task, mainly if you use the Microsoft's platform; but that has just changed with the arrival of the new Bokken Windows installer!

Thanks to the excellent job of HardcoreHacker now installing Bokken in Windows is this easy: just download the new installer and it will take care of everything:

The installer will also take care of Bokken's dependencies and will ask you to install Python and PyGtk in case it's needed. And that's all, folks, Bokken successfully installed!

Just a few clicks and Bokken's icon will be on your desktop waiting for you to launch it!

The installer has been tested in the following Windows versions:
  • Windows XP x86
  • Windows 7 x86_64
  • Windows 10 x86_64
If you encounter any problem, just let us know and we will fix it as soon as possible.

Now just go, download Bokken and enjoy it in your favorite platform!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Bokken 1.8

It has been just one month and we are back with a new release of Bokken, 1.8 is here! This release was meant to be a minor one, with just support for the latest radare2 version but... look at it by yourself:


Bye, bye, pyew

Bokken started as a UI for pyew and radare2, and we tried hard to maintain both backends in our development. Sadly, pyew moves very slowly and has a different set of skills than radare, so although it's a tough move, we decided to strip down all pyew functionality from Bokken altogether. Given that there's nothing else in the OSS world that fulfills this niche, we will be tied to r2 for a while.  Maybe it's for the best, as the deletion allowed us to clean a lot of old cruft and compatibility code that has been in Bokken for ages.

radare2 0.9.9

As always, if a new radare2 version is released then we update Bokken to work with it! Bokken 1.8 works perfectly with (and ONLY with) radare2 0.9.9.

Sections tab

In an effort to better organize the UI we have moved the Sections information to a new tab in the right panels. More work will be done for future releases to make it better.

Simplified file info tab

Most of the contents of the File Info tab were duplicated and, being honest, useless. So we have decided to remove most of the contents, leave only the useful ones and present them in a better way.

Removed string repr tab

Time has arrived to say goodbye to this useless tab. Farewell!

New relocs side panel

After moving the Sections panel to the right we decided to use the space for a new and very useful panel: Relocs!

New strings tab

The Strings tab has gone under a complete remake and now it looks better and is easier to use.

New radare2 console

If you look at the above picture, you may spot an area in the lower section of the UI.  Say goodbye to the Interactive tab and welcome the brand new radare2 console! Way easier to use that the previous one, you can find it as a new bottom panel that can be resized and hidden.

New Python console

There is more: Python! Either love it or hate it, but we finally added a Python console to Bokken! Located in the new bottom panel it exports Bokken and radare2 objects such as the radare2 RCore instance, RBin and most of the data gathered by Bokken.  Expect some tutorials as we polish that feature.

Download Bokken 1.8 today!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Welcome Bokken 1.7

Yes, we know, it has been a very long time since the last release and most of you thought that the project was dead. I am happy to be able to say that it was not dead, just taking a long nap. And now we are back and with a new Bokken release!

Bokken 1.7 is here and though it is not a major release it still has some nice new features and improvements; let's see them, shall we?

radare2 0.9.8

Bokken 1.7 has been updated to work with the latest radare2 stable release, (0.9.8) and it benefits from all the improvements and stabilization that is offered by that great software.

That was one of the most demanded features and we are happy to finally have Bokken running smoothly with the last radare2. We will do our best to keep supporting the latest releases!

Improved graphs

The graphs have been improved in both functionality and appearance. They now work better and look really nice! Did you notice the small graph preview on the lower right corner?

Word highlight

This new feature make it easy to follow the code by highlighting all the words like the one the cursor is placed on. Useful to, for example, find all the "call" in a function or follow that register that contains important data!

ARM support

Although Bokken can open and analyze any format supported by radare2, interactivity and syntax highlighting now also works with ARM binaries! We will keep adding more in future releases; any preference? Let us know!

Bindiff fixed and improved

Working better than ever and with more visual enhancements, Bokken's binary diffing is now way better!

More analysis options

This new release supports more binary analysis options offered by radare2, so in the initial dialog it is now possible to choose... well, better look at them by yourself! Can you spot the new ones? ;)


Tooltips everywhere! Place the mouse over an address, function or symbol and a tooltip will popup with a brief disassembly. But not just that, same functionality can be found in the functions list on the left panel, no need to move to a function to take a quick look.

Download and enjoy

Not bad for a minor release, right? Good, because that's not all, we still have one last thing:

A brand new project domain and website!

No screenshot this time! If you want to view it then go to the new website and further explore the new release. We hope that you decide to download and try it by yourself.

If you feel in the mood, go by the development site and give us feedback to further improve Bokken. And don't forget to follow the project in Twitter to get all the project news.

Happy reversing!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Debian radare2 0.9.6 published and broken Bokken.

I have just published the radare2 0.9.6 packages for Debian in the Inguma Debian repository (  They are in their way to the official archives, but due to several new packages, it will take them a while to reach unstable as they have to go through the FTPmasters' manual approval.

We have been using radare2 0.9 as the base API in Bokken (it was the latest packaged), for the past two years, and this new release breaks the internal r2 API in several ways, so Bokken is not able to load a single binary.

Over the course of the next few days I will be adapting the code to talk to radare again and to force specific versions of the API to make sure this is a less likely event.

See you in mercurial!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Moving towards Inguma 0.5

It's been quite a long time since our last update so let me show you what has been going on these last weeks.

Inguma 0.5

After the last Bokken release we have focused on Inguma 0.5 development and now I'm going to show you some of the new features we have been working on.

We've done some GUI improvements in order to make it simpler, cleaner and to integrate the last Bokken release:

Look at the new main button that integrates all the common tasks and the simplified toolbar. Also the right panel has been improved by adding expand/collapse buttons as well as filter buttons by Target OS.

The Vulnerabilities panel has gained in eye candyness and functionality with the expand/collapse buttons or the "Open with Bokken" menu option.

Most of the work for this release has been focused on the Terminals tab, which has been redesigned and greatly improved.

As you can see, it now features many buttons to manage terminals and its contents as well as a filesystem panel that integrates perfectly with terminals and the rest of the GUI. From here you can import and load host lists, nmap scans, Inguma modules... and more.

Finally, the new feature that joins all the new changes is what we have called Listeners. By creating listeners you can now connect with your compromised targets and go ahead with post-explotation. :) Let's see how it works.

In order to listen for reverse connections, or directly connect to a exploited target, simply create a local or remote listener on the toolbar popup.

You will see the newly created listener in the right panel, under Listeners tab, as well as its status: connected or listening. From here you can disconnect or destroy them using the menu.

Once you have connection with a compromised target you will be able to interact with it on the Terminals tab, but this is still WIP :)

Of course Bokken has been updated to the latest release on the Reversing tab.

RootedCon 2012

On March 1st, 2nd and 3rd the RootedCon security event was held in Madrid and one of our developers, Hugo Teso, was there to talk about Inguma, Bokken and how to use it in security research.

The talk, entitled Inguma 0.5 RedWagon, exposed the ability of Inguma and Bokken to study the security of an uncommon system, in this case Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAS), both amateur and comercial ones. For this purpose a special edition of Inguma was coded, featuring UAV Command and Control software, with more protocols added to the network fuzzers among others.

The UAV C&C is an integrated WASP Ground Control Station, modified to be able to handle different UAV Autopilots (AP), from configuration and compilation to run and control:

Within the C&C tab many APs can be configured and run, either in SITL or HITL, such as ArduPilot Mega, Paparazzi or WASP. After using the Fuzzers to find vulnerabilities, either the Networking or the C&C tabs can be used to exploit a vulnerable UAV, depending if the vulnerability affects the GCS or the UAV directly.

In order to reverse-engineer the vulnerable AutoPilot or Ground Control Station, Bokken with Radare2 core was used, so the whole process of vulnerability finding, development and exploiting has been done with Inguma and Bokken :)

Here you can see some fotos of the talk and some slides.

As you can see, the lack of news doesn't mean lack of activity as we have been really busy :) Stay tuned for more updates and upcoming releases!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Bokken 1.6 is more stable and easier to install

A month and a half after having released Bokken 1.5, the Inguma/Bokken team is proud to present a point release to our baby Bokken.  The download page can be found here!

The main changes in 1.6 are:

  • Fixed a security bug due to a predictable temporary file creation (a Debian developer reported it the very first day in the archive, yay!).
  • Fixed some obvious usability issues and crashes when opening new files inside Bokken.
  • Now Bokken is better prepared at using a system-wide pyew, for example, or being installed somewhere else than your home directory (like distributed as a Debian package :-) ).  Some of the images and icons were not working previously.
  • In the meantime, we started to import Bokken 1.5 into Inguma and quickly realized that: a) some of the UI changes scheduled for next Inguma release could fit into Bokken (read here eating up the top toolbar and menubar), and b) a lot of the migration work could be simplified if we use a simpler frame to embed Bokken in (and thus into Inguma in the long run).

This means that when you use Bokken 1.6 you may notice a somewhat unusual menu bar:

Bokken 1.6 running on Windows 7

Inspired by MyPaint, we got rid of menu bars (no more File/Edit/... menus) and together with some other buttons in the top toolbar, we replaced them with a big button that comprises most of the previous functionality:

Close capture of the new toolbar in Bokken 1.6
running on Debian Linux wheezy

In other order of things, we have been releasing .deb packages since the 1.5 release, together with the rest of dependencies (python-radare2, pyew, etc.), and they have reached the official Debian archive ( Today we are also proud to present a signed APT repository that you can easily add to your /etc/apt/sources.list in your favorite Debian/Ubuntu/Debian-compatible distribution to follow more closely our development:

deb stable main

For more information and instructions for retrieving the repository signing key, please see the new installation in Debian and derivatives wiki page.

Enjoy it!  And remember: please report to the team any bugs you may find, through Redmine, our ticketing system.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Inguma T-Shirts, and updated Inguma server

The Three Wise Men came for Christmas with some presents:

  • We partnered with a Spanish site to sell Inguma T-shirts.
  •  Our server has duplicated its physical memory!  Yay!

The shirts are available through Camisetas Frikis site (as far as we know, only in Spanish for the moment), and with every purchase, you will be contributing with 3 € to the project (see below!). If you want to order any and Google Translate is not up to the job, the best thing you can do is to write to info(AT) with your order or any questions.  Their staff will reply to you promptly!

With the yearly server renewal we decided to scratch our pockets and spend more money in memory.  The web server has been fighting for resources during the last months with the rest of the processes in the box.  Now there're cookies for everyone. :-)  Maybe with the T-shirts we will be able to subsidize some of our expenses, coming exclusively from our pockets.

Thanks for your time and stay tuned for the upcoming release of Bokken 1.6!