Web Shell Detector - PHP Script That Helps You Find And Identify PHP / CGI (Perl) / ASP / ASPX Shells

Web Shell Detector is a php script that helps you find and identify php/cgi(perl)/asp/aspx shells. Web Shell Detector has a “web shells” signature database that helps to identify “web shell” up to 99%. By using the latest javascript and css technologies, web shell detector has a light weight and friendly interface.

Piotr Łuczko
John Thornton

Number of known shells: 604

PHP 5.x, OpenSSL (only for secure file submission)

To activate Web Shell Detector:
  1. Upload shelldetect.php and shelldetect.db to your root directory
  2. Open shelldetect.php file in your browser
    Example: http://www.website.com/shelldetect.php
  3. Use default username & password
    Username: admin Password: protect
  4. Inspect all strange files, if some of files look suspicious, send them to http://www.shelldetector.com team. After submitting your file, it will be inspected and if there are any threats, it will be inserted into a “web shell detector” web shells signature database.
  5. If any web shells found and identified use your ftp/ssh client to remove it from your web server (IMPORTANT: please be careful because some of shells may be integrated into system files!).


  • extension - extensions that should be scanned
  • showlinenumbers - show line number where suspicious function used
  • dateformat - used with access time & modified time
  • langauge - if I want to use other language
  • directory - scan specific directory
  • task - perform different task
  • report_format - used with is_cron(true) file format for report file
  • is_cron - if true run like a cron(no output)
  • filelimit - maximum files to scan (more then 30000 you should scan specific directory)
  • useget - activate _GET variable for easy way to recive tasks
  • authentication - protect script with user & password in case to disable simply set to NULL
  • remotefingerprint - get shells signatures db by remote

  • 1.66 thanks to John Thornton for small tweeks and php 5.3.3 support
  • 1.64 settings ini file support added(in case that you want to use same settings without code changing), output method rewriten, is_cron fixed, italian translation added (thanks to Marco Saiu)
  • 1.63 new shell recognize mechanizm added, shell signatures updated.
  • 1.62 version of jquery reverted to 1.7.x due bug with jquery ui dialog, new type of files added, shells signatures updated
  • 1.61 added new way to send suspicious files, some css & code fixes, new shells signatures added
  • 1.6 added support to indicate not shell files (but still those files need to be removed), loader indicator added
  • 1.52 noindex meta tag added (to remove script from search results), scann all files options added: extension = *
  • 1.51 unpack function update
  • 1.5 unpack function added, application version check added, many warnings fixed, error handler fixed.
  • 1.4 hide suspicious files option added, file scanning changed.
  • 1.3 submission of suspicious file to shelldetector.com changed, email field added with ability to get notify about suspicious file.
  • 1.2 encryption function added, authentication added, some small bugs fixed
  • 1.1 fingerprint function change show line regex changed
  • 1.0 first version

Web Shell Detector - PHP Script That Helps You Find And Identify PHP / CGI (Perl) / ASP / ASPX Shells Web Shell Detector - PHP Script That Helps You Find And Identify PHP / CGI (Perl) / ASP / ASPX Shells Reviewed by Zion3R on 6:07 PM Rating: 5