Links for Toolz

Thursday, February 14, 2013 Posted by Corey Harrell 0 comments
The Linkz for various tools have been piling up in the hopper. For some too much time has passed and others have already done an adequate job talking about them. In this long overdue Linkz post I’m trying to touch on a few links and tools people may not be too familiar with. Just read the headings to get a feel for if any of the linkz apply to the work you do.

Custom Googles

Google has been one of my most reliable tools over the years. The answer to any question is only a few keyboard clicks away. Google is even better with the ability to create a custom Google that only searches specific sites. It seems as if these custom Googles have been my go to tool lately; so much so that I want to share them with others.

If you need to find anything related to digital forensics and incident response then the Digital Forensic Search is the one you will want. If you need to research a piece of malware then check out the Malware Analysis Search. Mila over at Contagio Malware Dump put together a nice post containing links to custom Googles. One of the links was for Malware Sample Search which is handy for the times you are looking for a specific piece of malware. If you need to research a vulnerability or exploit then the Vulnerability Search should be one of your first stops.

Links to Useful Public Resources

I picked up on this site some time ago. The Roberto Perdisci website has a page outlining useful public resources. The links cover: networking and network security, network traffic datasets, malware collection and analysis, pen testing / exploits/ forensics, machine learning, and program analysis. The page has a ton of gems listed so it’s worth taking some time to go through them.

I sent a few links out to Twitter in response to a question and they pertain to useful public resources. The public resources are malware repositories and these links outline the various repositories available. The first link is Lenny Zeltser's Malware Sample Sources for Researchers while the second is Mila's Links and resources for malware samples.

Malware Downloaders and Scappers

These next round of links are all on my list to test; they all look outstanding and should be a nice addition to my tool kit.

At times there is a need to download malware from a website, or two, or 50. In these situations trying to do this manually might not be the best option. This is where the next few links come into play. The first tool has been around for some time but it’s new to me. XyliBox posted his Malware Auto-downloader v1.7 a few years back. The next malware downloader looks like an outstanding tool to continuous download malware from known malicious websites. Kyle Maxwell occasionally tweeted about a project he was working on so when he released it I was really looking forward to reading about it. He extended the mwcrawler (another downloader) into a tool he refers to as Maltrieve. To fully see what he did check out his post Maltrieve: retrieving malware for research and grab the tool from Maltrieve on Github.

The last link is for a malware scrapper. Jamie Levy released her getmalwaredomains Python script. It seems like a nifty little script since it “collects domain/IP/Date/Reverse Lookup information from”.

IDX Information and Parsers

Java exploits have been a topic I frequently discussed. Not only because it seems like every few months there is a new zero-day but because I keep encountering it on my examinations such as in the post Finding the Initial Infection Vector. One artifact from Java exploits and Java malware occurs when they get downloaded into the Java cache. An index file (IDX) is created and it contains a wealth of information. I briefly touched on IDX files in the post (Almost) Cooked Up Some Java. The little research I did does not even compare to what others have done. First Brian Baskin released his Java Cache IDX Parser. Then Harlan did a few blog posts about IDX files (one of them was Bin Mode: Parsing Java *idx files). In one of Harlan’s posts he pointed out that Joachim Metz was sharing information about the IDX file format on the ForensicsWiki Java page. Mark Woan released his Java IDX Format Specification document where he breaks down the file format for different IDX file versions in addition to his JavaIDX parser. Rounding out the IDX parsers Harlan released his IDXparse script. Java exploits and Java malware are only going to get worse so if you aren’t familiar with IDX files then it might be time to get acquainted.

Memory Forensics

Last Fall there was a new memory imager on the block called pmem. The Scudette in Wonderland blog did a nice write-up about pmem in the post The PMEM Memory acquisition suite. The pmem tool itself can be downloaded from the Volatility Google page. Speaking about Volatility. I am truly impressed with the amount of documentation they have in their Wiki. If you use Volatility or want to learn about the tool then you should definitely check out their Wiki. For example, check out the Volatility 2.2 Release Notes page and then check out their command reference for the: Windows Core, Windows GUI, Windows Malware, and Windows registry. Finally, browse through the rest of the Wiki because I only mentioned some of it. Again, really impressive.


This nice tool is pretty slick. I use the tools from Nirsoft and Sysinternals for different purposes. I like the tools so it didn't bother me too much having to launch multiple stand-alone executables. I'm not sure how I missed this but one I'm glad the NWC3 training I sat through last fall opened my eyes. Nirsoft has a tool called Nirlauncher. Nirlauncher is a single interface that can be used to run "more than 150 portable freeware utilities". Check out the screenshot below:

It gets even better. There is a package for the Sysinternals tools as well.

Like I said, pretty slick. Nirlauncher can be downloaded from here and the Sysinternals tools can be grabbed from here.

PE Executables

Again these next two links are on my list to test. First up HiddenIllusion released his tool AnalyzePE. In his own words it " wraps around various tools and provides some additional checks/information to produce a centralized report of a PE file". It seems like the tool is a good way to automate some PE analysis tasks. The last link is for the tool PE_Carver which " carves EXEs from given data files, using intelligent carving based upon PE headers". This might be a handy little utility and save time from having to manually carve out PE files with a hex editor.
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