SADVE – tiny program for computing #define values

While tinkering with spy camera, I found one detail that is significantly slowing the process of reverse engineering and debugging the applications, installed on its embedded Linux platform – finding final values of preprocessor directives and sometimes also results of sizeof() operator.

As I am not aware of any existing solution for that problem (I guess there might be some included in one of the more sophisticated IDEs, however I use Vim for development) it is good reason to create one. By the way I used cmake template I published some days ago to bootstrap the project.


Ease of use was the main goal here, as it is obviously possible to create improvised solution by creating hello-world type of program, including required headers and printing the symbol we want to compute value of.

So, to be able to use SADVE, you just have to clone the repo and use standard cmake installation commands and you’re done:

mkdir -p build
cd build
cmake ..
sudo make install

Then you can call it like below:

sadve -d AF_INET sys/socket.h

And you should get 2 as an answer. That’s it. If instead you want to get size of some structure, you can type:

sadve -s sockaddr sys/socket.h

And you should get size of sockaddr structure. Obviously, you can see full usage with sadve --help.


Internally the program simply automates the process I described in the first paragraph of Usage – it applies what is desired by user to hello-world-like template and compiles. Therefore it might not be the best idea to make it a backend for web service available for general public, at least without a lot of isolation and input sanitization. However for private usage this should be enough. If you are interested in doing such task with cmake, I encourage you to dive into source code on Github.

To speed the process up, I had to store all cmake build files in ~/.cache with no interface for cleaning it up.

UART pinout for noname spy camera

Front side of the main board

As I wrote few months ago, I bought tiny WiFi camera, advertised as a spy camera or nannycam. This week, I decided to work on the topic a bit. However, due to some serious failure, I alarmed on Twitter, I was not able to connect to its WiFi hotspot anymore. Therefore I had to use UART to recover it from backup. Below you can find parameters needed to connect to this cam. At first however I want to present any identification numbers, that might be useful to confirm it is the same device, as it has no real name.


Device overview (rubber package already stripped from PCB)

As can be seen in picture on the right, the device consists of main PCB, camera with tape cable, battery pack and optional USB cable for charging. To be able to reach UART header, I had to strip the rubber package from main board. Below I was able to see two identification strings:

  1. HB-WIFI-Z6 – this is most likely the name of the board, unfortunately neither Google or even Taobao does not know it
  2. MS-ME198407 – this is very interesting, as it seems to mean some internal name of laptop computer (don’t know who is the vendor)

Furthermore on camera tape there is one more magic string – HY-OV9712-6. After first dash it seems to be oh – not to be confused with zero). How do I know it? Because OV9712 is model name of camera optics made by OmniVision and it more or less matches the parameters of the camera.

Last batch of IDs is, at first processor name and vendor, which is quite unusual at least outside China – T10 made by Ingenic, which appear to produce MIPS cores and dev boards for it. Also I can see in logs the board should be called ISVP, which is not necessarily true – see Google. At last cpuinfo says that system type is mango, which appear to be fairly common in cheap Chinese cameras.

UART pinout

It can be found on the back of the board, near its edge.

Back of the main board
5-pin header
Num. Function
1 ?
2 ?
3 RX
4 TX


To connect to UART above, you have to use 115200 bauds in 8N1 mode. During the powerup, you can see it utilizes custom uboot as bootloader. It should be possible to interrupt it in one second timeslot. After that Linux is loaded and it asks for login (you most likely will not see it because of the amount of messages printed). root account is present and does not ask for password. Continue reading “UART pinout for noname spy camera”