Solution for destructeur's ShAPK1

mara mara@localhost.local


The program is an apk file, so probably an Android program. We used jad1, to analyze the binary.

Three classes are present :

  • BuildConfig
  • MainActivity
  • R

The MainActivity classe is insteresting for us. It contains, three methods :

  • onCreate
  • encrypt
  • check

onCreate called by the Android runtime to create the GUI controls, encrypt and check are used by the application logic. The check aims to validate if the code entered are correct or not.

   public void check() {
        Button button = (Button) findViewById(;
        this.checkButton = button;
        button.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(View view) {
                TextView textView = (TextView) MainActivity.this.findViewById(;
                String obj = ((EditText) MainActivity.this.findViewById(;
                if (Arrays.equals(Base64.encode(MainActivity.this.encrypt(obj.getBytes(StandardCharsets.UTF_8)), 2), MainActivity.this.getResources().getString(R.string.secret).getBytes(StandardCharsets.UTF_8))) {
                    textView.setText("YES! PASSWORD IS CORRECT!!");
                } else {
                    textView.setText("PASSWORD IS WRONG!!");

This line is interesing :

if (Arrays.equals(Base64.encode(MainActivity.this.encrypt(obj.getBytes(StandardCharsets.UTF_8)), 2), MainActivity.this.getResources().getString(R.string.secret).getBytes(StandardCharsets.UTF_8))) {

To validate the challenge, we need to have a code which equals to R.string.secrets. R.string.secrets is a string located in Resource : Resources->resource.arsc->string.xml. It's value is :

    <string name="secret">NQALCgEDDDEzUjpTBwocBgcDPTIIGwIK</string>

The conditional test use the encrypt function to encode the code entered before compare it with the right hardcoded code.

    public byte[] encrypt(byte[] bArr) {
        byte[] bytes = getResources().getString(R.string.key).getBytes(StandardCharsets.UTF_8);
        int length = bytes.length;
        byte[] bArr2 = new byte[bArr.length];
        for (int i = 0; i < bArr.length; i++) {
            bArr2[i] = (byte) (bArr[i] ^ bytes[i % length]);
        return bArr2;

The function encrypt take a parameter, our code entered, the bytes array is a key pointed by R.string.key and available in Resources->resource.arsc->string.xml.

It's value is :

    <string name="key">beginning</string>

The encrypt function xored each characters of bArr with bArr2 for each iterations.

WARNING: the bArr2 can be short than bArr so a modulo with the key length (bArr2) is applied to avoid the bound array overflow


You will find an unencrypt script in python language to find the original code :

#!/usr/bin/env python3
# -*- encoding: utf-8 -*-

import base64

BEGINNING = "beginning"

serial_b64decoded = base64.b64decode(SERIAL)
serial_b64decoded_length = len(serial_b64decoded)

beginning_length = len(BEGINNING)
original_serial = ""

for i in range(serial_b64decoded_length):
    xored_value = (serial_b64decoded[i] ^ 
        ord(BEGINNING[i % beginning_length]))
    original_serial += chr(xored_value)

# the original code