A Scapy implementation of SMS-SUBMIT and (U)SIM Application Toolkit command packets.

This framework is designed to assist with fuzzing SIM card applications and, more generally, SMS systems as a whole. Because this project uses the Scapy framework, it’s possible to have control over the entire packet. This was the key feature that inspired the creation of this project.

Functionality for sending SMS messages via AT commands to a modem is also included.

How to use

It is nearly impossible to use this framework without having the GSM specification side by side as a reference. Some notes on the relevant GSM documents can be found in the file itself. Though you’ll probably want to start here:


import scapysms

sms = scapysms.SMSSubmit()
sms.TP_RP = 0
sms.TP_UDHI = 0
sms.TP_SRR = 0
sms.TP_VPF = 10
sms.TP_RD = 0
sms.TP_MTI = 1
sms.TP_MR = 0

myaddr = scapysms.Address()
myaddr.Type_of_number = 1 # International format, includes country code
myaddr.Digits = '15558675309'
sms.TP_DA = myaddr

sms.TP_PID = 0
sms.TP_DCS = 8 # UTF-16
sms.TP_VP = b'\x00' # 5 minutes
sms.TP_UD = 'Hello world ✌️'.encode('utf-16')

print('PDU hex: {}'.format(bytes(sms).hex()))

###[ SMS-SUBMIT ]### 
  TP_RP     = 0: TP-Reply-Path parameter is not set in this SMS-SUBMIT/DELIVER
  TP_UDHI   = 0: The TP-UD field contains only the short message
  TP_SRR    = 0
  TP_VPF    = 10: Relative format
  TP_RD     = 0
  TP_MTI    = 1
  TP_MR     = 0
  \TP_DA     \
   |###[ Address ]### 
   |  Length    = 11
   |  Extension = No extension
   |  Type_of_number= International number
   |  Numbering_plan= ISDN/telephone numbering plan (E.164/E.163)
   |  Digits    = 15558675309
  TP_PID    = 0
  TP_DCS    = 8
  TP_VP     = 00
  TP_UDL    = 30
  TP_UD     = fffe480065006c006c006f00200077006f0072006c00640020000c270ffe

PDU hex: 11000b915155685703f90008001efffe480065006c006c006f00200077006f0072006c00640020000c270ffe

Sending a SMS to a modem

m = scapysms.Modem('/dev/ttyUSB2')

(U)SIM Application Toolkit command packets

I don’t have any good examples to show here, but you can decode a packet from hex like this:

bytes = bytes.fromhex(yourhex)
p = scapysms.CommandPacket(bytes)

Testbed suggestions

I recommend checking out the QCSuper project. Paired with the right Qualcomm USB modem / Android phone you can use this to create GSM packet captures. This is extremely helpful for seeing how data is sent out from your modem, as well as seeing what the data looks like when it’s received.

Learn more

Adaptive Mobile’s Simjacker technical report is a good practical example of what can be found when digging into these old technologies.

GitHub - mnemonic-no/ScapySMS: Complete SMS packet manipulation
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