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Tool written in python3 to determine where the AV signature is located in a binary/payload


Zip (with a password) your binary/payload caught by an AV so it won't be detected when placed in an environment protected by an AntiVirus. Launch the tool and specify the zip password and filename in the zip with the -p and -f options (infected/infected.bin by default)

This tool won't work for complex signatures


The tool will drop multiple files on the disk to determine on which pattern the signature is based on. It will obviously generate a lot of AV alerts, might be a good idea to run this on an host with no internet connection.

Once done, the result will be printed in stdout and a file (output.txt by default) containing the result will be generated.

If you know approximatly where your signature is located, you can specify one or more range in the payload to be analysed using the -r option. In the following example AVSignSeek will only try to find a signature in the following ranges:

  • 0-256
  • 336-416
  • 432-endofpayload


./ -r :0x100,0x150:0x1a0,0x1b0:


Automatically detects AV Signatures

positional arguments:

optional arguments:
  -h, --help          show this help message and exit
  -s SLEEP            waiting time between 2 tests (default: 20)
  -p ZIP_PASSWORD     zip password (default: infected)
  -f FILENAME         file name contained in the zip (default: infected.bin)
  -l LIMIT_SIGN       signature limit (default: 64)
  -d TEST_DIR         directory where testfiles will be placed (default: .)
  --subdiv SUBDIV     subdiv per step (default: 4)
  -o OUTPUT_FILE      output_file (default: output.txt)
  -r RANGES_STR       range (default: ":")
  -b REPLACING_VALUE  character or byte used as a replacing value (default: "0x00")
  --manual            wait for a manual input instead of a specific time (default: false)

Output example

Reflective DLL caught by Kaspersky AV, the signature based on the exported dll function name "ReflectiveLoader"

=== AVSignSeek ===
[+] Signature between bytes 88220 and 88284
[+] Bytes:
4d 61 6c 77 61 72 65 54 65 73 74 2e 64 6c 6c 00 	MalwareTest.dll.
52 65 66 6c 65 63 74 69 76 65 4c 6f 61 64 65 72 	ReflectiveLoader
00 66 75 6e 63 5f 74 65 73 74 00 00 00 00 00 00 	.func_test......
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 	................
[+] Strings:
> MalwareTest.dll
> ReflectiveLoader
> func_test


False Positives due to binary header

While trying to locate the AV signature, the AVSignSeek might break a header or another way used by the AV to determine the file type, and the AV won't detect the file as malicious anymore, resulting in a false positive. It can be prevented by using the start byte and end byte option (-s and -e) to remove the "header" from the analysis

Unable to locate the signature

If there is multiple signature in a single payload, AVSignSeek won't be able to locate them

Future developments

  • Multiple signature detection
  • PE-specific signature detection (it will detect in which section/exported function/... the signature is located)


Tool written in python3 to determine where the AV signature is located in a binary/payload





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