Articles and tools about Python, Cyber Security and more.

Weaponized MS Office 97-2003 legacy/binary formats (doc, xls, ppt, ...)

This article describes the Microsoft Office 97-2003 legacy/binary file formats (doc, xls, ppt), related security issues and useful resources.

oletimes - a tool to extract creation and modification timestamps of all streams and storages in OLE files

oletimes is a script to parse OLE files such as MS Office documents (e.g. Word, Excel), to extract creation and modification times of all streams and storages in the OLE file. It is part of the python-oletools package.

olemeta - a tool to extract all standard properties (metadata) from OLE files such as MS Office

olemeta is a script to parse OLE files such as MS Office documents (e.g. Word, Excel), to extract all standard properties present in the OLE file. It is part of the python-oletools package.

OleFileIO_PL: Experimental write features

Since version 0.32, OleFileIO_PL comes with experimental write features. For now it is possible to write sectors, and to write over an existing stream. More features will be added over time.

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.

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.

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.

rtfobj - a python tool to extract embedded objects from RTF files

rtfobj is a Python module to extract embedded objects from RTF files, such as OLE ojects. It can be used as a Python library or a command-line tool. It is part of the oletools package. 

oleid - a python tool to quickly analyze OLE files

oleid is a script to analyze OLE files such as MS Office documents (e.g. Word, Excel), to detect specific characteristics that could potentially indicate that the file is suspicious or malicious, in terms of security (e.g. malware). For example it can detect VBA macros, embedded Flash objects, fragmentation. It is part of the oletools package. 

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