To learn the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks, and share the lessons learned.


Forensic Challenge 9 - "Mobile Malware" - Submission deadline passed

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.

Angelo Dell'Aera
The Honeynet Project

SIP Module for Dionaea

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

[Dionaea] intention is to trap malware
exploiting vulnerabilities exposed by services offered to a network,
the ultimate goal is gaining a copy of the malware. With the SIP Read more »

HoneySink: Beta Release

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. Read more »

cuckooHide - Hiding CuckooBox from trivial detection mechanism

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 Read more »

DroidBox: beta release

Beta version is out and the install instructions are available at the project webpage. The new features are:

  • Prevent some emulator evasion techniques
  • Added visualization of analysis results
  • Automated app installation and execution
  • Displaying analysis information about the APK
  • Static pre-check extracts the app's registered Intents

The following figures show the new visualization added to the beta version.

DroidBox treemapDroidBox behavior graph Read more »

Forensic Challenge 9 - "Mobile Malware" - Deadline Extended

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.

Have fun!

Angelo Dell'Aera
The Honeynet Project

Forensic Challenge 8 – “Malware Reverse Engineering” - And the winners are...

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!

Angelo Dell'Aera
The Honeynet Project

Beta release of libemu qemu extension

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. Read more »

HoneyViz demo is out for your viewing pleasure

We've set up a demonstration site for HoneyViz (Project #3) at

Read more »

APKInspector BETA Release & Demo Video

As the deadline of GSOC has passed, I would like to announce the APKinspector Beta1.0. APKinspector is a tool to help Android application analysts and reverse engineers to analyze the compiled Android packages and their corresponding codes. You can review the Alpha version report and the page of this project to know more about it.

Click the picture below to watch a full demonstration video of APKInspector:

APKInspector Demo Video

Chinese viewers may view the demo at:

Based on the Alpha release, APKinspector has added some features as follows: Read more »

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