“Tiny Tracer” is a flexible Pin Tool made for complex code analysis and tracking. Users can keep an eye on system calls, API calls, directions, and code transitions.

Notably, it can get around RDTSC-based anti-tracking checks. Because it makes thorough reports in.tag format, this tool is very useful for security experts and software analysts.

This piece will talk about its features and how it can be used on both Windows and Linux, focusing on how important it is for understanding and analyzing code.

A Pin Tool for tracing:

Bypasses the anti-tracing check based on RDTSC.

Generates a report in a .tag format (which can be loaded into other analysis tools):

RVA;traced event


345c2;section: .text
58069;called: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\kernel32.dll.IsProcessorFeaturePresent
3976d;called: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\kernel32.dll.LoadLibraryExW
3983c;called: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\kernel32.dll.GetProcAddress
3999d;called: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\KernelBase.dll.InitializeCriticalSectionEx
398ac;called: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\KernelBase.dll.FlsAlloc
3995d;called: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\KernelBase.dll.FlsSetValue
49275;called: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\kernel32.dll.LoadLibraryExW
4934b;called: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\kernel32.dll.GetProcAddress

How to build

On Windows

To compile the prepared project you need to use Visual Studio >= 2012. It was tested with Intel Pin 3.28.
Clone this repo into \source\tools that is inside your Pin root directory. Open the project in Visual Studio and build. Detailed description available here.
To build with Intel Pin < 3.26 on Windows, use the appropriate legacy Visual Studio project.

On Linux

For now the support for Linux is experimental. Yet it is possible to build and use Tiny Tracer on Linux as well. Please refer tiny_runner.sh for more information. Detailed description available here.


Details about the usage you will find on the project’s Wiki.