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Sometimes you just want a simple honeypot that collects credentials, nothing more. Heralding is that honeypot! Currently the following protocols are supported: ftp, telnet, ssh, rdp, http, https, pop3, pop3s, imap, imaps, smtp, vnc, postgresql and socks5.

You need Python 3.6.0 or higher.

Starting the honeypot

2019-04-14 13:10:11,854 (root) Initializing Heralding version 1.0.4
2019-04-14 13:10:11,879 (heralding.reporting.file_logger) File logger: Using log_auth.csv to log authentication attempts in CSV format.
2019-04-14 13:10:11,879 (heralding.reporting.file_logger) File logger: Using log_session.csv to log unified session data in CSV format.
2019-04-14 13:10:11,879 (heralding.reporting.file_logger) File logger: Using log_session.json to log complete session data in JSON format.
2019-04-14 13:10:11,880 (heralding.honeypot) Started Pop3 capability listening on port 110
2019-04-14 13:10:11,882 (heralding.honeypot) Started Pop3S capability listening on port 995
2019-04-14 13:10:11,883 (heralding.honeypot) Started smtp capability listening on port 25
2019-04-14 13:10:11,883 (heralding.honeypot) Started Http capability listening on port 80
2019-04-14 13:10:11,885 (heralding.honeypot) Started https capability listening on port 443
2019-04-14 13:10:11,885 (heralding.honeypot) Started Vnc capability listening on port 5900
2019-04-14 13:10:11,885 (heralding.honeypot) Started Telnet capability listening on port 23
2019-04-14 13:10:11,886 (heralding.honeypot) Started ftp capability listening on port 21
2019-04-14 13:10:11,886 (heralding.honeypot) Started Imap capability listening on port 143
2019-04-14 13:10:11,886 (heralding.honeypot) Started MySQL capability listening on port 3306
2019-04-14 13:10:11,887 (heralding.honeypot) Started Socks5 capability listening on port 1080
2019-04-14 13:10:11,946 (asyncssh) Creating SSH server on, port 2222
2019-04-14 13:10:11,946 (heralding.honeypot) Started SSH capability listening on port 2222
2019-04-14 13:10:11,946 (heralding.honeypot) Started PostgreSQL capability listening on port 5432
2019-04-14 13:10:11,947 (heralding.honeypot) Started Imaps capability listening on port 993

Viewing the collected data

Heralding logs relevant data in three files, log_session.json, log_auth.csv and log_session.json.


This log file contains all available information for a given activity to the honeypot. This included timestamp, authentication attempts and protocol specific information (auxiliary data) - and a bunch of other information. Be aware that the log entry for a specific session will appear in the log fil after the session has ended. The format is jsonlines.

  "timestamp":"2019-04-13 08:29:09.019394",
      "timestamp":"2019-04-13 08:29:12.732530",
      "timestamp":"2019-04-13 08:29:15.686619",
    "client_version":"SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_7.7p1 Ubuntu-4ubuntu0.3",


This log file contains entries for all connections to the honeypot. The data includes timestamp, duration, IP information and the number of authentication attempts. Be aware that the log entry for a specific session will appear in the log fil after the session has ended.

$ tail log_session.csv
2017-12-26 20:38:19.683713,16,0841e3aa-241b-4da0-b85e-e5a5524cc836,,53161,,23,telnet,3
2017-12-26 22:17:33.140742,6,d20c30c1-6765-4ab5-9144-a8be02385018,,55149,,21,ftp,1
2017-12-26 22:17:48.088281,0,e0f50505-af93-4234-b82c-5477d8d88546,,55151,,22,ssh,0
2017-12-26 22:18:06.284689,0,6c7d653f-d02d-4717-9973-d9b2e4a41d24,,55153,,22,ssh,0
2017-12-26 22:18:13.043327,30,f3af2c8c-b63f-4873-ac7f-28c73b9e3e92,,55155,,22,ssh,3


This log file contains information for all authentication attempts where it was possible to log a username and plaintext password. Log entries will appear in this file as soon as the password has been transmitted.

$ tail log_auth.csv
2016-03-12 20:35:02.258198,,51551,23,telnet,bond,james
2016-03-12 20:35:09.658593,,51551,23,telnet,clark,P@SSw0rd123
2016-03-18 19:31:38.064700,,53416,22,ssh,NOP_Manden,M@MS3
2016-03-18 19:31:38.521047,,53416,22,ssh,guest,guest
2016-03-18 19:31:39.376768,,53416,22,ssh,HundeMad,katNIPkat
2016-03-18 19:33:07.064504,,53431,110,pop3,charles,N00P1SH
2016-03-18 19:33:12.504483,,53431,110,pop3,NektarManden,mANDENnEktar
2016-03-18 19:33:24.952645,,53433,21,ftp,Jamie,brainfreeze
2016-03-18 19:33:47.008562,,53436,21,ftp,NektarKongen,SuperS@cretP4ssw0rd1
2016-03-18 19:36:56.077840,,53445,21,ftp,Joooop,Pooop

Installing Heralding

For step by step instructions on how to install and run heralding in a Python virtual environment using Ubuntu, see this guide. Otherwise, the basic installation instructions are below.

To install the latest stable (well, semi-stable) version, use pip:

pip install heralding

Make sure that requirements and pip is installed. Simple way to do this on a Debian-based OS is:

sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dev build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev
sudo pip install -r requirements.txt

And finally start the honeypot:

mkdir tmp
cd tmp
sudo heralding

Docker Build

1.Checkout the code:

cd ~
git clone
cd heralding

2.Build new Docker image and run it (Http localhost expose example of port 80 to localhost:8080):

sudo docker build -t heralding .

sudo docker run -p 8080:80 heralding

Visit your application in a browser at http://localhost:8080

3.Check the log files:

sudo docker ps

We need to copy the CONTAINER ID of our heralding image. Looking like 0beb67f1e92c.

sudo docker exec -it 0beb67f1e92c bash

And now you are in the work directory, you can read the log files by typing cat and the name of the file. Example:

cat log_auth.csv


Want a seperate pcap for each heralding session? Sure, take a look at the Curisoum project. Make sure to enable Curisoum in Heralding.yml!

Submitting code

The project uses Chromium code style, please make sure to follow this before submitting. You can use tools like yapf to autoformat - the config file can be found at the root of the repo (.style.yapf).

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