Binwalk 0.5 Release – /dev/ttyS0

In celebration of the world not ending, a new version of Binwalk has been released. Notable changes:

  • Much improved signatures for several common file types, particularly JFFS2
  • Smart signature” keyword support, for more reliable and faster scans
  • Ability to invoke external applications to process extracted files

The latter feature is probably of most interest, and is implemented as an extension of the pre-existing –dd option:

$ binwalk --dd='gzip:gz:gunzip %e' firmware.bin

The above command instructs Binwalk to extract any file whose description contains the text ‘gzip’, save it to disk with a ‘gz’ file extension, and to then run the ‘gunzip %e’ command (the %e is a placeholder that will be replaced with the actual name of the extracted file). This allows for auto extraction and decompression of gzipped files.

Although multiple –dd options may be specified, there are probably several common file types that you always want to be extracted whenever they are encountered. Binwalk 0.5 allows you to place multiple –dd arguments into the $HOME/.binwalk/extract.conf file:

# Extract and decompress gzip and lzma files
gzip:gz:gunzip %e
lzma:7z:7zip -d %e

# Extract private keys, but don't run anything
private key:key

The extract rules from this file are applied whenever the –extract option is specified:

$ binwalk --extract firmware.bin

There are several default extract rules that come with Binwalk by default. These are stored in /usr/local/etc/binwalk/extract.conf, and will be updated whenever the –update option is specified. Note that many of these extract rules expect the firmware-mod-kit to be installed to /opt/firmware-mod-kit, but these rules can be overridden by those in the $HOME/.binwalk/extract.conf file.

This means that a Binwalk scan can now not only identify embedded files, but also extract and decompress them for you automatically:

$ binwalk --extract firmware.bin 

0         	0x0       	TRX firmware header, little endian, header size: 28 bytes,  image size: 13533184 bytes, CRC32: 0x15289B44 flags/version: 0x10000
28        	0x1C      	gzip compressed data, was "piggy", from Unix, last modified: Mon Dec  3 13:09:06 2012, max compression
2005108   	0x1E9874  	Squashfs filesystem, little endian, non-standard signature,  version 3.1, size: 11525877 bytes, 2743 inodes, blocksize: 131072 bytes, created: Mon Dec  3 13:49:31 2012 

$ ls
1C  1E9874.squashfs  firmware.bin  squashfs-root/
$ ls squashfs-root
bin  dev  etc  home  JNAP  lib  libexec  linuxrc  mnt  opt  proc  root  sbin  sys  tmp  usr  var  www
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