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Android 'su' Privilege Escalation

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Android 'su' Privilege Escalation



This module uses the su binary present on rooted devices to run a payload as root. A rooted Android device will contain a su binary (often linked with an application) that allows the user to run commands as root. This module will use the su binary to execute a command stager as root. The command stager will write a payload binary to a temporary directory, make it executable, execute it in the background, and finally delete the executable. On most devices the su binary will pop-up a prompt on the device asking the user for permission.


  • timwr




aarch64, armle, x86, x64, mipsle


Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/android/local/su_exec
msf exploit(su_exec) > show targets
msf exploit(su_exec) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(su_exec) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(su_exec) > exploit

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