Project Vision: A forensic tool for investigators and researchers to forensically examine the behavior of malware across networks, in order to reconstruct and study viral techniques to propagate across a compromised network of systems.
These techniques take time and resources to analyze, and static analysis is too human-resource intensive to be practical.
Virus, Worms, and Botnets are often challenging for forensic investigators to identify and uncloak. Most of the payloads require write permissions, so the use of write-protection forensic tools makes it difficult to see what the malware is actually doing. In most cases, once malicious code has been identified, it is executed in a sandboxed virtual machine. While this will give an investigator an idea what the payload does, it doesn’t always give a full picture, especially in networked environments. The use of a virus aquarium will attempt to augment static (and potentially live) forensic investigations of malware-infected networks with captured network traffic and logs from the operating system and application level.
Dr. Chao H.
Brian Matthew Matthew
Reitz, Maisel, Dinkel
Albert Chen, Server
Network by XKCD
Malware writers use obfuscation and
sophisticated behavior to cover up
their digital tracks and move quickly
from host to host.
DNS migration verification
Static Analysis is Difficult
"Finally, there is post-mortem analysis, the study
of program behavior by looking at the after effects
of execution. ... [It] is often the only tool available
after an incident."
-Dr. Wietse Zweitze Venema
Meet Frank the Hermit Crab
“Forensic Response Analytic Network Kit”
“Shout out to Tom Sennett”
Open Source Security Information
OSSIM provides a strong
correlation engine, detailed low,
medium and high level
visualization interfaces, and
reporting and incident
management tools, based on a
set of defined assets such as
hosts, networks, groups and
• used for MAC anomaly detection.
• used for passive OS detection and OS change analysis.
• used for vulnerability assessment and for cross correlation (IDS vs Security Scanner).
• the IDS, also used for cross correlation with nessus.
• the statistical packet anomaly detection engine. Used to gain knowledge about attacks without signatures.
• which builds an impressive network information database from which we can identify aberrant behavior/anomaly
• fed from the host asset database, it monitors host and service availability information.
• integrity, rootkit, registry detection, and more.