In 2011, the Honeynet Project had once again the opportunity to participate in the Google Summer of Code program. In the last few weeks, we wrapped up all projects, beta tested the code, wrote documentation, and prepared releases.
To quickly recap: GSoc (Google Summer of Code) is an annual summer program sponsored by Google, in which Google pairs up students with organizations committed to open-source. Google supports each project with 5000USD of which the students receive the lion's share. The Honeynet Project has participated in GSoc since 2009. Visit http://honeynet.org/gsoc2009 and http://honeynet.org/gsoc2010 to get an idea on what we have accomplished through this program in the last couple of years.
This year, we were able to spin up and execute 12 projects! While there are still a couple of projects that are preparing their release as part of the larger underlying project, we would like to point you to the following links that provide a summary and references to the projects that already resulted in releases:
These projects address a wide array of security problems. APKInspector and DroidBox greatly simplify mobile malware analysis; Webviz and HoneyViz explore the space of visualization of data for the security analyst; HoneySink is the first open-source sinkhole solution available; sip module for dionaea extends the capability of this honeypot into the VoIP area; cHook & cHide makes the malware analysis platform Cuckoobox more resilient against detection & evasion; AxMock is a ActiveX emulation/detection module which can be used - for example to detect drive-by-download attacks with client honeypots, such as Capture-HPC - ; the libemu extension made shellcode analysis & execution much more performant; and the wireshark plugins extend the wireshark network monitoring tool with additional forensic and analysis capabilities, such as the integration with rules from the popular intrusion detection system Snort.
This is a really impressive list of projects!
The credit really goes to our awesome students that participated in GSoc this year. We want thank them for participating in this program and choosing the Honeynet Project as their mentoring organization. They all did a great job and I very impressed with their dedication and professionalism. I think the projects speak for themselves and some of the students will continue to be involved with these projects and our community long term! The students this year were:
Also, we would like to thank the mentors and technical advisors who volunteered their time to support and mentor the students to be successful over the summer....
... and last but not least, we thank Google. The program greatly supports organizations like ours that are committed to open-source and trying to make a positive difference. We hope to be back next year :)
CEO, The Honeynet Project
the submission deadline for the Forensic Challenge 9 – “Mobile Malware” - put up by Franck Guenichot from French Chapter, Mahmud Ab Rahman and Ahmad Azizan Idris from Malaysia Chapter and Matt Erasmus from South Africa Chapter - has passed. We have received 7 submissions and will be announcing results on Wed, Oct 31th 2011. The top three submissions will be awarded little prizes.
The Honeynet Project
The Honeynet Project had mentored 12 projects this year for the Google Summer
of Code (GSoC). The 11th project was to extend the SIP module for
Dionaea to handle SIP udp, tcp and even tls. With the TLS part, the
Dionaea can even emulate a Microsoft Lync server. The TLS part was not
part of the original scope, but the hard work made that possible as
The Beta version of HoneySink is out!
What is HoneySink?
HoneySink is an open source network sinkhole that provides a mechanism for detection and prevention of malicious traffic on a given network.
Able to be deployed both internally and externally it is designed to log and respond to incoming requests for a number of network protocols.
With configuration and scalability in mind, HoneySink was designed from the ground up with a non-blocking architecture to handle extremely large amounts of traffic while being able to perform customised interactions and logging.
The last part of Google Summer of Code 2011 was used to implement
a Windows Kernel Driver responsible for hiding files and folders.
This new component will be used to conceal Cuckoo Box components,
present in the environment analysis. With this measure it's possible to
avoid that some malware detect CuckooBox through some environment check,
looking for specific files or folders.
The Driver was implemented as a Filter Driver to maintain it independent
of the Windows version used in the environment, not using any kind
Beta version is out and the install instructions are available at the project webpage. The new features are:
The following figures show the new visualization added to the beta version.
Taking a look at the small number of submissions we received it seems like August is a perfect month for the seaside but not for a Forensic Challenge. For this reason we decided to extend the submission deadline to September 30th. The submissions received before the old deadline (September 4th) will be granted a few extra bonus points.
The Honeynet Project
Guido and I have judged all submissions and results have been posted on the challenge web site. The winners are:
1. Lutz Schildt
2. Sebastian Eschweiler
3. Luka Milković
This was one of the most difficult challenges we ever proposed so really congratulations to the winners and thanks to the other partecipants!
The Honeynet Project
As part of this year’s Summer of Code, I programmed an extension for the shellcode detection and analysis library libemu. The main goal of the project was to increase the performance when executing shellcode, with the help of a virtualizer. Prior to this extension, libemu made use of a custom emulator, which supported only instructions mostly used in shellcode. With this extension, libemu utilizes a full-blown, completely functioning virtualizer, which executes code presumably the same way a real CPU does.
We've set up a demonstration site for HoneyViz (Project #3) at