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Scout - a Contactless Active Reconnaissance Tool

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Scout is a python tool which utilizes Internet-wide scanning data provided by Censys to identify known vulnerabilites. Scout relies on the user having access to a MongoDB instance containing National Vulnerability Database's data feeds as well as having a API access to Censys.

Scout is a product of a honours project from Edinburgh Napier University. The associated dissertation can be read on ResearchGate. This dissertation coins the term contactless active reconnissance to differtentiate the methodology used from classic contactless recon.

Recommended Python Version

Python 3 is the only Python version currently supported by Scout.

Dependencies

Scout is dependent on

  • censys

  • editdistance

  • pymongo

Installation

Scout requires a MongoDB instance containing the NVD's datafeeds. "cve-search" is highly recommended, as Scout was developed and tested with this tool only.

Installing MongoDB

Install & run MongoDB

brew install mongodb

mkdir -p /data/db

mongod

Then install cve-search, following their installation steps.

Installing Scout

Clone Scout into your local directory

git clone https://github.com/TheHairyJ/Scout

cd Scout

pip install -r requirements.txt

Place your Censys API keys in a new file called secrets.txt

Note: Editing of the source code may be required to correctly configure the database connection. Specifically the pymongo assignments.

Usage

To use Scout, provide a valid Censys query as a command line argument.

python scout.py 192.168.0.0/16

Note: Scout is currently limited to services operating on port 80, this is due to information and API access provided by Censys.

Thanks

Special thanks to Lachlan Kidson for his invaluable assistance during development and my supervisors for their support and feedback throughout my honours project.

License

GNU General Public License Version 3

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