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QBOT Configuration Extractor

Configuration extraction tool for QBOT malware

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QBOT Configuration Extractor

Python script to extract the configuration from QBOT samples.

Download qbot-config-extractor.tar.gz

Getting Started

This tool provides a Python module and command line tool that will extract configurations from the QBOT malware samples and dump the results to screen.

For information on the QBOT attack pattern and malware analysis, check out our blog posts detailing this:


We can easily run the extractor with Docker, first we need to build the image:

docker build . -t qbot-config-extractor

Then we run the container with the -v flag to map a host directory to the docker container directory:

docker run -ti --rm -v \
"$(pwd)/data":/data qbot-config-extractor:latest -d /data/

We can either specify a single sample with -f option or a directory of samples with -d.

$ docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd)/data:/data qbot-config-extractor:latest -f data/c2ba065654f13612ae63bca7f972ea91c6fe97291caeaaa3a28a180fb1912b3a

=== Strings ===
# Blob address: 0x100840a0
# Key address: 0x10084040
[0x0]: ProgramData
[0xc]: /t4
[0x10]: EBBA
[0x15]: netstat -nao
[0x22]: jHxastDcds)oMc=jvh7wdUhxcsdt2
[0x40]: schtasks.exe /Create /RU "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" /SC ONSTART /TN %u /TR "%s" /NP /F


=== RESOURCE 1 ===
Key: b'\\System32\\WindowsPowerShel1\\v1.0\\powershel1.exe'
Type: DataType.DOMAINS


Running it Locally

As mentioned above, Docker is the recommended approach to running this project, however you can also run this locally. This project uses Poetry to manage dependencies, testing, and metadata. If you have Poetry installed already, from this directory, you can simply run the following commands to run the tool. This will setup a virtual environment, install the dependencies, activate the virtual environment, and run the console script.

poetry lock
poetry install
poetry shell
qbot-config-extractor -h

Once that works, you can do the same sort of things as mentioned in the Docker instructions above.