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Zeek Auxiliary Programs


Handy auxiliary programs related to the use of the Zeek Network Security Monitor (


Installation is simple and standard:

make install


The "adtrace" utility is used to compute the network address that compose the internal and extern nets that Zeek is monitoring. This program just reads a pcap (tcpdump) file and writes out the src MAC, dst MAC, src IP, dst IP for each packet seen in the file.


The "zeek-cut" utility reads ASCII Zeek logs on standard input and outputs them to standard output with only the specified columns (the column names can be found in each log file in the "#fields" header line). If no column names are specified, then "zeek-cut" simply outputs all columns.

There are several command-line options available to modify the output (run "zeek-cut -h" to see a list of all options). There are options to convert timestamps into human-readable format, and options to specify whether or not to include the format header lines in the output (by default, they're not included).

For example, the following command will output the three specified columns from conn.log with the timestamps from the "ts" column being converted to human-readable format:

cat conn.log | zeek-cut -d ts id.orig_h id.orig_p

The specified order of the column names determines the output order of the columns (i.e., "zeek-cut" can reorder the columns).

The "zeek-cut" utility can read the concatenation of one or more uncompressed ASCII log files (however, JSON format is not supported) produced by Zeek version 2.0 or newer, as long as each log file contains format header lines (these are the lines at the beginning of the file starting with "#"). In fact, "zeek-cut" can process the concatenation of multiple ASCII log files that have different column layouts.

To read a compressed log file, a tool such as "zcat" must be used to uncompress the file. For example, "zeek-cut" can read a group of compressed conn.log files with a command like this:

zcat conn.*.log.gz | zeek-cut


A set of scripts used commonly for Zeek development. Note that none of these scripts are installed by 'make install'.

Extracts a connection from a trace file based on its UID found in Zeek's conn.log
Generates list of Mozilla SSL root certificates in a format readable by Zeek.
A script to maintain the CHANGES and VERSION files.
Show commits to the fastpath branch not yet merged into master.
Run a number of Zeek benchmarks on a trace file.


The "rst" utility can be invoked by a Zeek script to terminate an established TCP connection by forging RST tear-down packets.