The pastis-honggfuzz driver works by finding the honggfuzz binary path through an environment variable. Honggfuzz thus has to be installed beforehand.


PASTIS requires a specific patched version of Honggfuzz to work.

Compiling the Honggfuzz tailored for PASTIS is as simple as:

$ sudo apt install binutils-dev libunwind-dev -y
$ cd engines/pastis-honggfuzz/patches
$ ./make_hf.sh
$ echo "export HFUZZ_PATH=$PWD/honggfuzz-5a504b49" >> ~/.profile

The only tricky part is the export of the honggfuzz directory as environment variable to make it discoverable by pastis-honggfuzz. At the moment the module does not intent to find automatically the honggfuzz binary.

Running pastis-honggfuzz

The program pastis-honggfuzz is the main binary using the pastis-hf library to interact with the broker. It can either be launched locally in offline mode or with the broker in an online mode.

Online mode

Launching the pastis-honggfuzz in online mode is as simple as:

$ pastis-honggfuzz online

Without further argument the binary the server reached is localhost on port 5555. Otherwise one can specify -h and -p respectively for the host and port. There is no other parameters as all of them will be received through the broker.

Offline mode

In offline mode, all parameters normally received by the broker have to be specified on the command line. Options are:

$ pastis-honggfuzz offline --help
Usage: pastis-honggfuzz offline [OPTIONS] PROGRAM [PARGVS]...

  -r, --sast-report FILE            SAST report to use
  -s, --seed PATH                 Seed or directory of seeds to give to the exploration
  -x, --exmode [SINGLE_EXEC|PERSISTENT] Execution mode
  -chk, --chkmode [CHECK_ALL|ALERT_ONLY] Check mode
  -i, --seedinj [STDIN|ARGV]      Location where to inject input
  --logfile TEXT                  Log file of all messages received by the broker
  --help                          Show this message and exit.

The only mandatory argument is the binary itself. One can provide binary argvs as argv on the command line. Optional arguments allows providing a SAST report, one or multiple initial seed files and tuning parameters to run the fuzzer.