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GEF - GDB Enhanced Features

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GEF (pronounced ʤɛf - "Jeff") is a kick-ass set of commands for X86, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC and SPARC to make GDB cool again for exploit dev. It is aimed to be used mostly by exploit developers and reverse-engineers, to provide additional features to GDB using the Python API to assist during the process of dynamic analysis and exploit development.

It has full support for both Python2 and Python3 indifferently (as more and more distros start pushing gdb compiled with Python3 support).

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GDB Made Easy

  • One single GDB script
  • Entirely OS Agnostic, NO dependencies: GEF is battery-included and is installable instantly
  • Fast limiting the number of dependencies and optimizing code to makethe commands as fast as possible
  • Provides a great variety of commands to drastically change your debugging experience in GDB.
  • Easily extensible to create other commands by providing more comprehensible layout to GDB Python API.
  • Full Python3 support (Python2 support was dropped in 2020.03) - check out gef-legacy for a Python2 compatible version, and the compatibility matrix for a complete rundown of version support.
  • Built around an architecture abstraction layer, so all commands work in any GDB-supported architecture such as x86-32/64, ARMv5/6/7, AARCH64, SPARC, MIPS, PowerPC, etc.
  • Suited for real-life debugging, exploit development, just as much as for CTFs

Check out the showroom page for more | or try it online yourself! (user:gef/password:gef-demo)

Quick start

Automated installation

GEF has no dependencies, is fully battery-included and works out of the box. You can get started with GEF in a matter of seconds, by simply running:

bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://gef.blah.cat/sh)"

For more details and other ways to install GEF please see installation page.

Run

Then just start playing (for local files):

$ gdb -q /path/to/my/bin
gef➤  gef help

Or (for remote debugging):

remote:~ $ gdbserver 0.0.0.0:1234 /path/to/file
Running as PID: 666

And:

local:~ $ gdb -q
gef➤  gef-remote -t your.ip.address:1234 -p 666

Bugs & Feedbacks

To discuss gef, gdb, exploitation or other topics, feel free to join our Discord channel.

For bugs or feature requests, just go here and provide a thorough description if you want help.

Side Note: GEF fully relies on the GDB API and other Linux-specific sources of information (such as /proc/<pid>). As a consequence, some of the features might not work on custom or hardened systems such as GrSec.

Contribution

gef was created and maintained by myself, @_hugsy_, but kept fresh thanks to all the contributors.

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Or if you just like the tool, feel free to drop a simple "thanks" on Discord, Twitter or other, it is always very appreciated.

Sponsors

We would like to thank in particular the following people who've been sponsoring GEF allowing us to dedicate more time and resources to the project:

Extra Credits

🍺 Happy hacking !