Ph0Neutria - A Malware Zoo Builder That Sources Samples Straight From The Wild

ph0neutria is a malware zoo builder that sources samples straight from the wild. Everything is stored in Viper for ease of access and manageability.
This project was inspired by Ragpicker (, formerly known as "Malware Crawler"). However, ph0neutria aims to:
  • Limit the scope of crawling to only frequently updated and reliable sources.
  • Maximise the effectiveness of individual indicators.
  • Offer a single, reliable and well organised storage mechanism.
  • Not do work that can instead be done by Viper.
What does the name mean? "Phoneutria nigriventer" is commonly known as the Brazillian Wandering Spider:

URL feeds:
  • Malc0de.
  • Malshare.
  • VX Vault.
OSINT. If required, passive DNS is used to produce a list of recent IP's for a domain, and VirusTotal queried for recent URL's pertaining to the IP. Only one source may be queried at any one time so not to exceed VirusTotal API request limits. The resulting URL lists from each source are filtered by levenshtein distance to reduce the number of similar items, and are processed in their own thread.
  • AlienVault OTX.
  • CyberCrime Tracker.
  • DNS-BH.
  • Payload Security (Hybrid Analysis).
  • Shodan.
  • ThreatExpert.


Version Notes
  • 0.6.0: Tor proxying requires pysocks (pip install pysocks) and at least version 2.10.0 of python requests for SOCKS proxy support.
  • 0.9.0: OSINT functionality pulled from Phage Malware Tracker (private project) - requires VirusTotal API key. More robust retrieval of wild files. Local URL and hash caching (reduces API load).
  • 0.9.1: Updated to use V3 Viper API. No longer compatiable with V2.

The following script will install ph0neutria along with Viper and Tor:
chmod +x
sudo ./
Simple as that!

Configure additional ClamAV signatures:
cd /tmp
git clone
cd clamav-unofficial-sigs
cp /usr/local/bin
chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/
mkdir /etc/clamav-unofficial-sigs
cp config/ /etc/clamav-unofficial-sigs
cd /etc/clamav-unofficial-sigs*
Rename os.<yourdistro>.conf to os.conf, for example:
mv os.ubuntu.conf os.conf
Modify configuration files:
  • master.conf: search for "Enabled Databases" and enable/disable desired sources.
  • user.conf: uncomment the required lines for sources you have enabled and complete them. user.conf overrides master.conf. You must uncomment user_configuration_complete="yes" once you've completed setup for the following commands to succeed.
For more configuration info see:
mkdir /var/log/clamav-unofficial-sigs --install-cron --install-logrotate --install-man
cd /tmp/clamav-unofficial-sigs
cp systemd/* /etc/systemd
cd ..
rm -rf clamav-unofficial-sigs
It'll take a while to pull down the new signatures - during which time ClamAV may not be available.

Take precautions when piecing together your malware zoo:
Ensure Tor is started:
service tor restart
Start the Viper API:
cd /opt/viper
sudo -H -u spider python viper-api
Start the Viper web interface:
cd /opt/viper
sudo -H -u spider python viper-web
Take note of the admin password that is created when Viper is started. Use this to log into http://<viper IP>:<viper port>/admin and retrieve the API token.
  • Complete the config file at: /opt/ph0neutria/config/settings.conf
Start ph0neutria:
cd /opt/ph0neutria
sudo -H -u spider python
You can press Ctrl+C at any time to kill the run. You are free to run it again as soon as you'd like - you can't end up with database duplicates.
To run this daily, create a script in /etc/cron.daily with the following:
cd /opt/ph0neutria && sudo -H -u spider python


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