Apple iOS Apps are primarily developed in Objective-C, an object-oriented extension and strict superset of the C programming language. Objective-C supports the concepts of reflection, also known as introspection. This describes the ability to examine and modify the structure and behavior (specifically the values, meta-data, properties and functions) of an object at runtime.
This talk discusses the background, techniques, problems and solutions to Objective-C runtime analysis and manipulation. It will be discussed how running applications can be extended with additional debugging and runtime tracing capabilities, and how this can be used to modify instance variables and to execute or replace arbitrary object methods of an App.
Moreover, a new framework to assist dynamic analysis and security assessments of iOS Apps will be introduced and demonstrated.