Articles and tools about Python, Cyber Security and more.

My Python projects

Here is the list of open-source Python projects that I am maintaining or contributing to.

Articles and presentations about Cyber Security

Here is a list of all articles and presentations I've published about IT Security so far.

OleFileIO_PL - a Python module to read MS OLE2 files

OleFileIO_PL is a Python module to read Microsoft OLE2 files (also called Structured Storage, Compound File Binary Format or Compound Document File Format), such as Microsoft Office documents, Image Composer and FlashPix files, Outlook messages, ... This my improved version of the OleFileIO module from PIL, the excellent Python Imaging Library, created and maintained by Fredrik Lundh. The API is still compatible with PIL, but I have improved the internal implementation significantly, with many bugfixes and a more robust design.

File Scanning Frameworks for Malware Analysis and Incident Response

This article presents several new open source frameworks meant to simplify static file scanning for malware analysis and incident response: MASTIFF, Viper, IRMA and a few others. Their goal is to provide an extensible framework to integrate many existing scanning tools.

MS Office legacy/binary formats security (doc, xls, ppt, ...)

This article describes the Microsoft Office legacy/binary file formats (doc, xls, ppt), related security issues and useful resources. [WORK IN PROGRESS]

How to convert Signsrch/Clamsrch signatures to Yara

This article explains how I converted Signsrch signatures to Yara rules, in order to include them in my tool Balbuzard. Signsrch signatures are useful for malware analysis, to detect standard constants used in many encryption and compression algorithms, and also some anti-debugging code.

Balbuzard - malware analysis tools to extract patterns of interest and crack obfuscation such as XOR

Balbuzard is a package of malware analysis tools in python to extract patterns from suspicious files (IP addresses, domain names, known file headers, interesting strings, etc). It can also crack malware obfuscation such as XOR, ROL, etc by bruteforcing and checking for those patterns.

PDF Security Issues

This article describes the PDF file format, related security issues and useful resources. [WORK IN PROGRESS]

python-oletools - python tools to analyze OLE files

python-oletools is a package of python tools to analyze Microsoft OLE2 files (also called Structured Storage, Compound File Binary Format or Compound Document File Format), such as Microsoft Office documents or Outlook messages, mainly for malware analysis and debugging. It is based on the OleFileIO_PL parser. 

pyxswf - a python tool to extract SWF (Flash) objects from documents (improved xxxswf)

pyxswf is a script to detect, extract and analyze Flash objects (SWF files) that may be embedded in files such as MS Office documents (e.g. Word, Excel) and RTF, which is especially useful for malware analysis. It is part of the oletools package. pyxswf is an extension of xxxswf.py published by Alexander Hanel.

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