REW-sploit - Emulate And Dissect MSF And *Other* Attacks


The tool has been presented at Black-Hat Arsenal USA 2021

Slides of presentation are available at

Need help in analyzing Windows shellcode or attack coming from Metasploit Framework or Cobalt Strike (or may be also other malicious or obfuscated code)? Do you need to automate tasks with simple scripting? Do you want help to decrypt MSF generated traffic by extracting keys from payloads?

REW-sploit is here to help Blue Teams!

Here a quick demo:


Installation is very easy. I strongly suggest to create a specific Python Env for it:

# python -m venv <your-env-path>/rew-sploit
# source <your-env-path>/bin/activate
# git clone
# cd REW-sploit
# pip install -r requirements.txt
# ./ -f
# ./rew-sploit

If you prefer, you can use the Dockerfile. To create the image:

docker build -t rew-sploit/rew-sploit .

and then start it (sharing the /tmp/ folder):

docker run --rm -it --name rew-sploit -v /tmp:/tmp rew-sploit/rew-sploit

You see an script in the installation sequence. This is required to apply a small patch to the speakeasy-emulator ( to make it compatible with REW-sploit. You can easily revert the patch with ./ -r if required.

Optionally, you can also install Cobalt-Strike Parser:

# cd REW-sploit/extras
# git clone

Standing on the shoulder of giants

REW-sploit is based on a couple of great frameworks, Unicorn and speakeasy-emulator (but also other libraries). Thanks to everyone and thanks to the OSS movement!

How it works

In general we can say that whilst Red Teams have a lot of tools helping them in "automating" attacks, Blue Teams are a bit "tool-less". So, what I thought is to build something to help Blue Team Analysis.

REW-sploit can get a shellcode/DLL/EXE, emulate the execution, and give you a set of information to help you in understanding what is going on. Example of extracted information are:

You can find several examples on the current capabilities here below:


In some cases emulation was simply breaking, for different reasons. In some cases obfuscation was using some techniques that was confusing the emulation engine. So I implemented some ad-hoc fixups (you can enable them by using -F option of the emulate_payload command). Fixups are implemented in modules/ Currently we have

Unicorn issue #1092:

# Fixup #1
# Unicorn issue #1092 (XOR instruction executed twice)
# #820 (Incorrect memory view after running self-modifying code)
# Issue: self modfying code in the same Translated Block (16 bytes?)
# Yes, I know...this is a huge kludge... :-/

FPU emulation issue:

# Fixup #2
# The "fpu" related instructions (FPU/FNSTENV), used to recover EIP, sometimes
# returns the wrong addresses.
# In this case, I need to track the first FPU instruction and then place
# its address in STACK when FNSTENV is called

Trap Flag evasion:

# Fixup #3
# Trap Flag evasion technique
# The call of the RDTSC with the trap flag enabled, cause an unhandled
# interrupt. Example code:
# pushf
# or dword [esp], 0x100
# popf
# rdtsc
# Any call to RDTSC with Trap Flag set will be intercepted and TF will
# be cleared

Customize YARA rules

File modules/ contains the YARA rules used to intercept the interesting part of the code, in order to implement instrumentation. I tried to comment as much as possible these sections in order to let you create your own rule (please share them with a pull request if you think they can help others). For example:

# Payload Name: [MSF] windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp_rc4
# Search for : mov esi,dword ptr [esi]
# xor esi,0x<const>
# Used for : this xor instruction contains the constant used to
# encrypt the lenght of the payload that will be sent as 2nd
# stage
# Architecture: x32
yara_reverse_tcp_rc4_xor_32 = 'rule reverse_tcp_rc4_xor { \
strings: \
$opcodes_1 = { 8b 36 \
81 f6 ?? ?? ?? ?? } \
condition: \
$opcodes_1 }'


Please, open Issues if you find something that not work or that can be improved. Thanks!

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