[theHarvester v2.2a] Tool for Gathering

Monday, February 25, 2013

theHarvester is a tool for gather emails, subdomains, hosts, employee names, open ports and banners from different public sources like search engines, PGP key servers and SHODAN computer database.


This tool is intended to help Penetration testers in the early stages of the penetration test in order to understand the customer footprint on the Internet. It is also useful for anyone that wants to know what an attacker can see about their organization.

This is a complete rewrite of the tool with new features like:

  • Time delays between request
  • All sources search
  • Virtual host verifier
  • Active enumeration (DNS enumeration, Reverse lookups, TLD expansion)
  • Integration with SHODAN computer database, to get the open ports and banners
  • Save to XML and HTML
  • Basic graph with stats
  • New sources
Passive discovery:
  • Google: google search engine – www.google.com
  • Google-profiles: google search engine, specific search for Google profiles
  • Bing: microsoft search engine – www.bing.com
  • Bingapi: microsoft search engine, through the API (you need to add your Key in the discovery/bingsearch.py file)
  • Pgp: pgp key server – pgp.rediris.es
  • Linkedin: google search engine, specific search for Linkedin users
  • Shodan: Shodan Computer search engine, will search for ports and banner of the discovered hosts (http://www.shodanhq.com/)
Vhost: Bing virtual hosts search
Active discovery:
  • DNS brute force: this plugin will run a dictionary brute force enumeration
  • DNS reverse lookup: reverse lookup of ip´s discovered in order to find hostnames
  • DNS TDL expansion: TLD dictionary brute force enumeration
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