ID W3AF:CE5A3BCAE1C721A3FD5E9E7F8131010E
Type w3af
Reporter andresriancho
Modified 2018-02-15T21:17:20


This plugin identifies hashes in HTTP responses.

Plugin type



This plugin doesn't have any user configured options.


For more information about this plugin and the associated tests, there's always the source code to understand exactly what's under the hood:
Plugin source code
Unittest source code


This plugin has no dependencies.


Copyright 2006 Andres Riancho

This file is part of w3af, http://w3af.org/ .

w3af is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation version 2 of the License.

w3af is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with w3af; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301  USA

import re

from w3af.core.controllers.plugins.grep_plugin import GrepPlugin
from w3af.core.data.bloomfilter.scalable_bloom import ScalableBloomFilter
from w3af.core.data.kb.info import Info

class hash_analysis(GrepPlugin):
    Identify hashes in HTTP responses.

    :author: Andres Riancho (andres.riancho@gmail.com)

    def __init__(self):

        self._already_reported = ScalableBloomFilter()

        # regex to split between words
        self._split_re = re.compile('[^\w]')

    def grep(self, request, response):
        Plugin entry point, identify hashes in the HTTP response.

        :param request: The HTTP request object.
        :param response: The HTTP response object
        :return: None
        # I know that by doing this I loose the chance of finding hashes in
        # PDF files, but... this is much faster
        if not response.is_text_or_html():

        body = response.get_body()
        splitted_body = self._split_re.split(body)
        for possible_hash in splitted_body:

            #    This is a performance enhancement that cuts the execution
            #    time of this plugin in half.
            if len(possible_hash) < 31 or\
            len(possible_hash) > 129 :
            hash_type = self._get_hash_type(possible_hash)
            if not hash_type:

            possible_hash = possible_hash.lower()
            if self._has_hash_distribution(possible_hash):
                if (possible_hash, response.get_url()) not in self._already_reported:
                    desc = 'The URL: "%s" returned a response that may contain'\
                          ' a "%s" hash. The hash string is: "%s". This is'\
                          ' uncommon and requires human verification.'
                    desc = desc % (response.get_url(), hash_type, possible_hash)
                    i = Info('Hash string in HTML content', desc,
                             response.id, self.get_name())
                    self.kb_append(self, 'hash_analysis', i)

                    self._already_reported.add( (possible_hash,
                                                 response.get_url()) )

    def _has_hash_distribution(self, possible_hash):
        :param possible_hash: A string that may be a hash.
        :return: True if the possible_hash has an equal (aprox.) distribution
        of numbers and letters and only has hex characters (0-9, a-f)
        numbers = 0
        letters = 0
        for char in possible_hash:
            if char.isdigit():
                numbers += 1
            elif char in 'abcdef':
                letters += 1
                return False

        low = letters - len(possible_hash) / 2
        high = letters + len(possible_hash) / 2
        if low < numbers < high:
            # Seems to be a hash, let's make a final test to avoid false positives with
            # strings like:
            # 2222222222222222222aaaaaaaaaaaaa
            is_hash = True
            for char in possible_hash:
                if possible_hash.count(char) > len(possible_hash) / 5:
                    is_hash = False
            return is_hash

            return False

    def _get_hash_type(self, possible_hash):
        :param possible_hash: A string that may be a hash.
        :return: The hash type if the string seems to be a md5 / sha1 hash.
        None otherwise.
        # When adding something here, please review the code above where
        # we also check the length.
        hash_type_len = {
                         'MD5': 32,
                         'SHA1': 40,
                         'SHA224': 56,
                         'SHA256': 64,
                         'SHA384': 96,
                         'SHA512': 128,
        for hash_type, hash_len in hash_type_len.items():                
            if len(possible_hash) == hash_len:
                return hash_type
        return None

    def get_long_desc(self):
        :return: A DETAILED description of the plugin functions and features.
        return """
        This plugin identifies hashes in HTTP responses.