Device forensics with MVT


Mobile Verification Toolkit (MVT) is a tool to facilitate the consensual forensic analysis of Android and iOS devices, for the purpose of identifying traces of compromise.

MVT’s purpose is not to facilitate adversarial forensics of non-consenting individuals’ devices. The use of MVT and derivative products to extract and/or analyse data originating from devices used by individuals not consenting to the procedure is explicitly prohibited in the license.

MVT a.k.a Mobile Verification Toolkit is developed and maintained by Amnesty International. This tool is pre-installed on your PiRogue but not maintained by the PTS team.

Official documentation →


Before using MVT, be sure to pull the IOCs from Amnesty International’s git repository.

To do so, on your PiRogue, run the following command

mvt-android download-iocs

Forensic analysis of an Android device

First of all, you have to connect the target device with USB to your PiRogue. On the device, you have to enable ADB in the Developer Settings. If the device is rooted, you should enable root for ADB only. On the Android device select Transfer files by taping on Android System - USB charging (in the list of notifications).

NB: all the following commands have to be executed on your PiRogue.

Then, run the following command:

adb devices

It should give an output similar to:

* daemon not running; starting now at tcp:5037
* daemon started successfully
List of devices attached
2[redacted]e        device

Before running MVT, you have to kill the ADB server

adb kill-server

Finally, launch MVT and follow its official documentation.

Below is an example of use of MVT.

mvt-android check-adb -f -o mvt-demo

It might produce an output similar to

Example of putput of mvt-android

Forensic analysis of an iOS device

Prepare the iOS device to be analyzed

First of all, you have to connect the target device with USB to your PiRogue.

NB: all the following commands have to be executed on your PiRogue.

Once connected, start the USB mixer by running the following command


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If usbmuxd is not found, install libimobiledevice. Run the following command

sudo apt install libimobiledevice-utils

The iOS device may be asking you if you trust the connected computer, trust it. Then, check if your iOS device is correctly recognized by running


The previous command would print various information regarding your device.

Backup the iOS device

In order to get as many information as possible, you have to turn backup encryption on by running

idevicebackup2 backup encryption on -i

Then backup the iOS device by running

idevicebackup2 backup --full backup/

Once done, you can unplug the iOS device. Run ls -l backup to get the name of the backup.

Analyze the backup

Run the following command to decrypt the backup

mvt-ios decrypt-backup -p <backup password> -d decrypted backup/<backup name>

For more details and options, check the MVT documentation regarding the backup password. If you have backed up this phone using iTunes, the backup password is the same as the one you provided in iTunes.

Next, analyze the backup with mvt-ios

mvt-ios check-backup -o checked decrypted

Finally, check the the results listed in the checked folder

ls -l checked

The folder checked contains several JSON files. Any IOC matches are stored in JSON files suffixed by _detected.