Monthly report n⁰7- 2022-08

Posted August 31, 2022 by Esther Onfroy ‐ 3 min read

PiRogue tool suite (PTS) is an open-source tool suite that provides a comprehensive mobile forensic and network traffic analysis platform.

Context of the project

PiRogue Tool Suite is a reboot of PiRanhaLysis project. Today, PiRanhaLysis is used by a lot of people ranging from universities (the University of Yale as an example), activists, NGOs and gets a lot of traction. Too much traction in fact to be maintained in our spare time as we have done until now. Currently, the project is at the proof-of-concept stage. To get to wider adoption by the general public, we need to streamline the build process and smooth the interface. Our goal is to make the project accessible to anyone.

The project

The problem: the lack of open-source means (hardware + software) to assess both privacy and security of mobile devices. Depending on HRD goals, they should want to educate, conduct emergency assessment or off-the-field investigations.

The plan: As with all the other projects we do, we are the first users of the technologies we develop and we aim to provide open-source, low-cost, well maintained, easy to use and easy to build hardware and software.

We have three functioning modes for PTS:

  • a kiosk mode for anyone who wants to know which servers a mobile device is communicating with

    • useful for non-profit that want to know if a victim is targeted by stalkerware
    • useful for educational purposes to highlight surveillance capitalism
    • more generally assess if a mobile device is spied on/compromised by utilizing detection rules such as Suricata and others
  • an on-the-field mode

    • for emergency response (active spying, device tampering, …) useful for responders in repressive environment
    • conduct forensics analysis and network detection using a pre-installed set of tools
  • an expert mode for technical people to:

    • determine the list of collected data
    • assess regulatory compliance
    • conduct penetration testing
    • analyze malware’s behavior
    • ensure reproducible analysis
    • generate comprehensive reports

The PiRogue is an open hardware device based on a Raspberry Pi operating as a network router (like any ISP router) analyzing network traffic in real time.

What we have done so far

You can check out our work on GitHub at or on our website at



We organized few other demo sessions and got feedback from some NGOs. Few session time slots remain, feel free to book a session.

Major updates are now announced on the project mailing list. Feel free to contact me if you want to take part of this ML.


We published documentation on:


PiRogue packages

We have upgraded the MVT package.

PiRogue configuration

We finally released a tool allowing the user to configure their PiRogue and published the corresponding documentation.

Command managing PiRogue configuration

We also released a tool displaying the PiRogue status in a more human friendly way.

Command displaying PiRogue status


Thanks to the great work of Echap and Amnesty International the PiRogue can detect stalkerware in two ways:

You can browse IOCs provided by Echap on GitHub.

MVT uses Echap's IOCs

What we plan to do next month

  • Continue working on TLS traffic interception and decryption.
  • Continue working on the Tool Suite part of the project.


Our English is not very good, we need to improve it. We also need to improve the way we present the project.