Melting-Cobalt - A Cobalt Strike Scanner That Retrieves Detected Team Server Beacons Into A JSON Object

A tool to hunt/mine for Cobalt Strike beacons and "reduce" their beacon configuration for later indexing. Hunts can either be expansive and internet wide using services like SecurityTrails, Shodan, or ZoomEye or a list of IP's.

Getting started
  1. Install melting-cobalt
  2. Configure your tokens to begin the hunt
  3. Mine Beacons to begin reducing them
  4. Review results cat results.json | jq


Requirements: virtualenv, and python3.8+

  1. git clone https://github.com/splunk/melting-cobalt && cd melting-cobalt Clone project and cd into the project dir.
  2. pip install virtualenv && virtualenv -p python3 venv && source venv/bin/activate && pip install -r requirements.txt Create Virtualenv and install requirements.

Continue to configuring for SecurityTrails, Shodan, or ZoomEye API key.

Configuration melting-cobalt.conf

Copy melting-cobalt.conf.example to melting-cobalt.conf!

Make sure to set a token for one of the available providers. If you need to create one for your account follow [these](htt://need wiki page) instructions.

Configuration example:

scanning service provider (eg shodan, zoomeye, security trails) when hunting for team servers. shodan_token = TOKENHERE # shodan token for searching zoomeye_token = TOKENHERE # zoomeye token for searching securitytrails_token = TOKENHERE # security trails token for searching ">
[global]output = results.json# stores matches in JSON herelog_path = melting-cobalt.log# Sets the log_path for the logging filelog_level = INFO# Sets the log level for the logging# Possible values: INFO, ERROR, VERBOSEnse_script = grab_beacon_config.nse# path to the nse script that rips down cobalt configs. This is specifically using https://github.com/whickey-r7/grab_beacon_configsearches = search.yml# contains the different searches to run on each internet scanning service provider (eg shodan, zoomeye, security trails) when hunting for team servers.shodan_token = TOKENHERE# shodan token for searchingzoomeye_token = TOKENHERE# zoomeye token for searchingsecuritytrails_token = TOKENHERE# security trails token for searching

Search The Internet

To modify the default mining performed across different providers, customize search.yml. The default melting-cobalt Search Examples below.


python melting-cobalt.py

Search IP list

populate ips.txt with potential Cobalt Strike C2 IPs a new line delimeted, example:


python melting-cobalt.py -i ips.txt

If you need inspiration from hunters we highly recommend:

usage: melting-cobalt.py [-h] [-c CONFIG] [-o OUTPUT] [-v] [-i INPUT]scans for open cobalt strike team servers and grabs their beacon configs and write this as a json log to be analyzed by any analytic toolslike splunk, elastic, etc..optional arguments:  -h, --help            show this help message and exit  -c CONFIG, --config CONFIG                        config file path  -o OUTPUT, --output OUTPUT                        file to write to the results, defaults to results.json.log  -v, --version         shows current melting-cobalt version  -i INPUT, --input INPUT                        newline delimeted file of cobalt strike server ips to grab beacon configs from. example ips.txt

Search Examples

The following searches are provided out of the box and more may be added to search.yml for more data.


Find specific JARM signatures, out of the box we track Cobalt Strike 4.x


Filter by HTTP headers and ports to reduce noisy results

'ssl.jarm:07d14d16d21d21d07c42d41d00041d24a458a375eef0c576d23a7bab9a9fb1 port:"22, 80, 443, 444, 1234, 2000, 2222, 3000, 3780, 4000, 4443, 6379, 7443, 8443, 8080, 8081, 8082, 8087, 8088, 8099, 8089, 8090, 8181, 8888, 8889, 9443, 50050" HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found Content-Length: 0'

Team server detected by Shodan

'product:"cobalt strike team server"'

note: will generate lots of noisy results, do not actually schedule this unless you want to burn your license credits.

Team server certificate serial



Find specific JARM signatures

'SELECT address, ports.port FROM ips WHERE jarm = "07d14d16d21d21d07c42d41d00041d24a458a375eef0c576d23a7bab9a9fb1"'

Filter by HTTP Headers and ports to reduce noisy nmap_results

'SELECT address, ports.port, isp.name_normalized, ports.port, address, asn.number, jarm, http.headers.raw FROM ips WHERE jarm = "07d14d16d21d21d07c42d41d00041d24a458a375eef0c576d23a7bab9a9fb1" OR jarm = "07d14d16d21d21d07c07d14d07d21d9b2f5869a6985368a9dec764186a9175" OR jarm = "2ad2ad16d2ad2ad22c42d42d00042d58c7162162b6a603d3d90a2b76865b53" AND http.headers.content_type = "text/plain" AND http.headers.raw = "content-length:0" AND ports.port IN (22, 80, 443, 444, 1234, 2000, 2222, 3000, 3780, 4000, 4443, 6379, 7443, 8443, 8080, 8081, 8082, 8087, 8088, 8099, 8089, 8090, 8181, 8888, 8889, 9443, 50050)'



Please use the GitHub issue tracker to submit bugs or request features.

If you have questions or need support, you can:

Credits & References

Inspiration came from a handful of blogs: Much of this is only possible because whiskey-7 shared with us grab_beacon_config.nse

  • add zoomeye
  • Dedup results before nmap
  • add checking the most recent result by looking at the latest_updated field


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