19 Nov 2018

Unity3D/Mono protections, part 4

This part is more about my own failure than about Unity3D or Mono. I enjoy looking at Android game cheats and how they manage to exploit every single bug in Mono engine used by Unity3D. And then I make equally stupid bug in my fixer tool. How embarrassing! oops

Well, not really. I don't pretend to be perfect. I make mistakes just like everyone else and I have no problem admitting them. And hope that somebody else will learn from my mistakes, too.

So, today we'll look at the Vietnamese app that has a funny way to encrypt DLLs:

First, I'll show how the main module is encrypted in the original app. Then I'll analyze a modded version of the app on which my fixer tool failed miserably. Finally, I'll provide a fixed version for my tool.

Read More

12 Nov 2018

Unity3D protection in Moonton games

This is Part 3 of the series about tricks in PE file format used by Unity3D-based games and cheats.

In Part 1 I analyzed some basic tricks used by Android game modders and ways how to defeat them. In Part 2 I covered more tricks used by modding teams and traced their origins to obscure Chinese Android games.

This part will cover tricks used by game developer Moonton in their games:

All games use modified versions of libmono.so containing few tricks that nobody else uses. Different versions of libraries have slightly different ways of implementing these tricks, most of my analysis is based on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang v1.3.25.3323.

Read More

31 Oct 2018

Unity3D, Mono and invalid PE files, part 2

In the first part of the series I explained how some cheat authors try to protect their work against other cheaters. It was a quick introduction to Unity3D and bugs in Mono that cheat authors exploit.

Last week someone emailed me another example of a game cheat. My tool from the previous article failed to fix invalid metadata, so I decided to look at it again.

Cheats by BlackMod.net

The cheat I received was made by Mod4U from BlackMod.net team. It appears that Mod4U is one of the most active members of the team, judging by number of the releases. His/her cheats use invalid PE file tricks and are encrypted, as you'll see later in the article.

After looking at different mods from other team members, I've confirmed that Rito, Aurora and Legend also are using invalid PE files for hiding their work. But none of their cheats encrypt Assembly-CSharp.dll.

So, let's look at the cheats and see what new tricks BlackMod team members have found!
Read More

30 Sep 2018

September update of unpackers

Last few months have been... extra busy. I survived HDD crash, participated in Flare-On reversing contest (and finished 4th!), had quite fun projects at work - but all that is a matter of another story. Today I want to share with you a long-overdue update for unpackers.

Enigma Virtual Box unpacker

  • Added support for Enigma Virtual Box v8.10, v8.20, v9.00 and v9.10.
  • Unpacker now restores file attributes and date/time. Be careful, unpacked files might have attributes "read only", "hidden", etc.!
  • Added validation of extracted folder/file names to prevent directory traversal attacks. It was on my todo list for a long time and all the media-craziness around Zip Slip finally forced me to do something about it.
  • Fixed warning message about TLS directory. Mea culpa.

Molebox Virtualization Studio unpacker

  • Fixed error "VFSDecrypt: failed to find STELPACK signature" on some data files;
  • Fixed error "SPack catalog not found or invalid. vfsrootsize=00000000" on some EXE files;
  • Fixed out-of-memory error when unpacking huge data files;
  • Loads possible filenames from mole_dictionary.txt;

How to use mole_dictionary.txt

If you have a file which uses "hide files" feature of Molebox VS, it only stores hash of the filename - original filenames are not stored anywhere. But if you have a good idea what the filename might be, you can add it to mole_dictionary.txt and my unpacker will use that for intelligent guessing.
Read More

15 May 2018

Unity3D, Mono and invalid PE files

Some time ago, Reoto asked a very nice question on Black Storm forum:

Can someone fix the .dll (.net) pe header to MS DOS?
How can I do that?
If you know about protecting .net files for Android, please help me.
I have another question.
Can I fix dnspy to resolve .dll pe header isn't .net?

Obviously, English is not author's first language but it seemed like an interesting problem, so I decided to look into it.

Here is one of the files in question: https://mega.nz/#!0g4VHaIR!KmpQirte4_3lv8MSxyjETiufjFGb-CITpFGrXwxSgGY

TL;DR: Mono loader used by Unity3D accepts invalid PE files. It can be used to break most .NET decompilers. dnlib and tools based on dnlib (dnSpy, de4dot) were updated on 20-Apr-2018 but the rest of the tools still can't handle such files.
Read More

27 Feb 2018

February update of unpackers

Enigma Virtual Box unpacker v0.51

  • Hopefully solved the UI-freeze issues.
  • Improved loading speed for big files (100+ MB).
  • Added a warning for the user when loading big file:
  • Added support for Enigma Virtual Box v8.00.
  • Enigma Virtual Box v8.00 finally added support for TLS callbacks. My unpacker will detect such files and will try to fix TLS directory automatically.

Known issue - for x64 executables exception directory is not restored. The unpacked executable will work until an exception happens. If you find any such executable, please send it to me and I'll work to improve the unpacker.

demoleition v0.60

  • Hopefully solved the UI-freeze issues.
  • Fixed bug with certificates and overlays that I introduced few versions ago.
  • Fixed bug with multi-packed files
  • Main form shows that only Molebox v2.x is supported.
  • Improved loading speed for big files (100+ MB) and added warning for users.

demoleition VS v0.01


This is first BETA release of static unpacker for Molebox v4.x. It works for most of the files in my collection but is not well tested by any means. If you notice any bugs (trust me, you will!), please let me know.

Known limitations: way too many. Few most important ones:

  • Error checking is very limited. If something bad happens, it will most likely crash.
  • Main file is saved as _unpacked.bin. Overlay (if present) is saved as overlay.bin.
  • The biggest problem is the "hide files" feature of MoleboxVS. It does not store original filename, just the MD5 hash of it. So, in those cases it's almost impossible to restore original filenames. I added big fat warning for those cases.
  • Loading large files will make the UI freeze. I'll fix it after the bugs in unpacker itself are fixed.

So, why release it? I've had it like this for 5+ years now. It almost works. But without your feedback it will stay in this "almost working" state forever. The more bugs you report, the bigger the chance that I'll finally finish this project.. So, have fun!


Bugs reported by users. I'll work to fix the when I get some free time.

  • Some data files can't be unpacked. Error
  • Sometimes main EXE file will not be unpacked. No error message but _unpacked.bin file won't be created.
  • Mysterious unpacking problem on some files. Error
  • Very large data files can't be unpacked. Error
20 Dec 2017

December update for unpackers

This month brings us not one but two updated unpackers! smile

Updated Molebox unpacker

  • Fixes a crash with double-packed files. Thanks to whoknows for reporting the issue!

Updated Enigma Virtual Box unpacker

  • Support for Enigma Virtual Box v7.90
  • Detection of Enigma Protector. The feature was added long time ago but accidentally removed later.

I still need to work on the UI-freeze issue. When unpacking very large files, UI will appear to be frozen until unpacking process completes. It may take 5+ minutes on very large files, please be patient!