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Ever wanted to turn your AV console into an Incident Response & Threat Hunting machine? Rastrea2r (pronounced "rastreador" - hunter- in Spanish) is a multi-platform open source tool that allows incident responders and SOC analysts to triage suspect systems and hunt for Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) across thousands of endpoints in minutes. To parse and collect artifacts of interest from remote systems (including memory dumps), rastrea2r can execute sysinternal, system commands and other 3rd party tools (including the custom scripts) across multiples endpoints, saving the output to a centralized share for automated or manual analysis. By using a client/server RESTful API, rastrea2r can also hunt for IOCs on disk and memory across multiple systems using YARA rules. As a command line tool, rastrea2r can be easily integrated within McAfee ePO, as well as other AV consoles and orchestration tools, allowing incident responders and SOC analysts to collect forensic evidence and hunt for IOCs without the need for an additional agent, with 'gusto' and style!

Presented at BlackHat Arsenal 2016 and 2018!

Currently Supported functionalities

  • Fast Triaging: Execute Sysinternals tools, or any other 3rd party batch scripts (including custom scripts) to perform basic triaging ** Windows Only
  • Forensic Artifact Collection: Capabilities to Create snapshots quickly (Implements a wrapper for CyLR tool, which collects forensic artifacts from hosts with NTFS file systems quickly, securely and minimizes impact to the host.) **Windows Only
  • Web History: Collect the Browser History (Currently supports IE, Chrome, Firefox only) **
  • Prefetch Tool: Collect the prefetch data in Windows as they are great artifacts for forensic investigations to analyze applications that have been run on a system. ** Windows only
  • Memory Dump: Acquires a memory dump from the endpoint ** Windows only
  • Yara Disk: Yara scan for file/directory objects on disk
  • Yara Mem: Yara scan for running processes in memory

Rastrea2r now also supports pushing the Scan Results to a Restful Server using HTTP. This functionality allows the users to deploy rastrea2r on their enterprises so that they can execute different rastrea2r commands to collect and triage the data and later store the Yara disk or Yara Mem results onto the Server for further analysis.

A high level design of the rastrea2r deployment on end points can be seen as below:

Rastrea2r end point deployment

Rastrea2r allows users to specify the list of commands or batch scripts to be executed during "triage" via a configuration file, which is located here.


For memdump and triage modules, SMB shares must be set up in this specific way:

  • Binaries (sysinternals, batch files and others) must be located in a shared folder called TOOLS (read only)


  • Output is sent to a shared folder called DATA (write only)


  • For yara-mem and yara-disk scans, the yara rules must be present in the rastrea2r server before using the commands


  • yara-python==3.7.0
  • psutil==5.4.6
  • Requests=2.19.1
  • Pyinstaller=3.3.1


  • Clone the project to your local directory (or download the zip file of the project)
$git clone
$cd rastrea2r
  • All the dependencies necessary for the tool to run can be installed within a virtual environment via the provided makefile.
$make help
help                           - display this makefile's help information
venv                           - create a virtual environment for development
clean                          - clean all files using .gitignore rules
scrub                          - clean all files, even untracked files
test                           - run tests
test-verbose                   - run tests [verbosely]
check-coverage                 - perform test coverage checks
check-style                    - perform pep8 check
fix-style                      - perform check with autopep8 fixes
docs                           - generate project documentation
check-docs                     - quick check docs consistency
serve-docs                     - serve project html documentation
dist                           - create a wheel distribution package
dist-test                      - test a wheel distribution package
dist-upload                    - upload a wheel distribution package
  • Create a virtual environment with all dependencies
$make venv
//Upon successful creation of the virtualenvironment, enter the virtualenvironment as instructed, for ex:
$source /Users/ssbhat/.venvs/rastrea2r/bin/activate


Following instructions explain the steps on a Windows, but on Mac and linux the steps should follow the same except that you would execute the client from the specified platform folder. On Windows PC's, make file system is not supported and if you need to execute rastrea2r client then you need to create the virtualenvironment manually and install the dependencies on it using pip install -r requirements.txt.

$python -h
usage: [-h] [-v] {yara-disk,yara-mem,triage,memdump,triage,web-hist,prefetch} ...

Rastrea2r RESTful remote Yara/Triage tool for Incident Responders

positional arguments:  {yara-disk,yara-mem,triage,memdump,triage,web-hist,prefetch}

modes of operation
 yara-disk           Yara scan for file/directory objects on disk
 yara-mem            Yara scan for running processes in memory
 memdump             Acquires a memory dump from the endpoint
 triage              Collect triage information from endpoint
 web-hist            Generates web history for specified user account
 prefetch            Generates prefetch view
 collect             Acquires artifacts from the endpoint

optional arguments:
 -h, --help            show this help message and exit
 -v, --version         show program's version number and exit

Further more, the available options under each command can be viewed by executing the help option. i,e

$python yara-disk -h
usage: yara-disk [-h] [-s] path server rule

positional arguments:
path          File or directory path to scan
server        rastrea2r REST server
rule          Yara rule on REST server

optional arguments:
-h, --help    show this help message and exit
-s, --silent  Suppresses standard output
  • For ex, on a Mac system you would do:
$cd src/rastrea2r/windows/

$python yara-disk /opt http://localhost example.yara

Executing rastrea2r.exe on Windows

  • On windows platform rastrea2r can be compiled into a single exe file so that it can later be executed on the endpoints. To do so, execute the build_exe.bat file located under "src" folder so that it can generate the exe from the latest codebase. Upon successful execution it will generate the exe under dist folder. And all the functionalities of rastrea2r described above can be executed with exe as well. for ex:
$rastrea2r.exe collect

//where has a shared smb folder called "tools" with readonly access as all the tools specified in the rastrea2r.ini must be present in this tools folder prior to executing the commands
// is server which has shared folder called "data" with write access so that all the results from the rastrea2r command can be placed here.


In order to generate the rastrea2r.exe the build_exe.bat internally uses pyinstaller spec file. Which would have a dependency on the Windows C++ binaries which must be installed on the machine prior to calling the build_exe.bat. Follow these instructions to update the spec file.

1. Download and install this Windows SDK:
2. These dlls can then be found here (or Program Files x86):
    C:\Program Files\Windows Kits\10\Redist\ucrt\DLLs
3. Update your pathex variable in your spec file to tell pyinstaller to look there:

        'C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Windows Kits\\10\\Redist\\ucrt\\DLLs\\x86',
        'C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Windows Kits\\10\\Redist\\ucrt\\DLLs\\x64']

Report Bugs

Report bugs at the issue tracker.

Please include:

  • Operating system name and version.
  • Any details about your local setup that might be helpful in troubleshooting.
  • Detailed steps to reproduce the bug.

Contributing to rastrea2r project

The Developer Documentation provides complete information on how to contribute to rastrea2r project

Demo videos on Youtube


Publications and Articles

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