SSH Honeypot

Kippo is a medium interaction SSH honeypot designed to log brute force attacks and, most importantly, the entire shell interaction performed by the attacker.

Interesting Features
— Fake filesystem with the ability to add/remove files. A full fake filesystem resembling a Debian 5.0 installation is included
— Possibility of adding fake file contents so the attacker can ‘cat’ files such as /etc/passwd. Only minimal file contents are included
— Session logs stored in an UML Compatible format for easy replay with original timings
— Just like Kojoney, Kippo saves files downloaded with wget for later inspection
— Trickery; ssh pretends to connect somewhere, exit doesn’t really exit, etc

An operating system (tested on Debian, CentOS, FreeBSD and Windows 7)
— Python 2.5+
— Twisted 8.0+
— PyCrypto
— Zope Interface

How to run it?
Edit kippo.cfg to your liking and start the honeypot by running:


start.sh is a simple shell script that runs Kippo in the background using twistd. Detailed startup options can be given by running twistd manually. For example, to run Kippo in foreground:

twistd -y kippo.tac -n

By default Kippo listens for ssh connections on port 2222. You can change this, but do not change it to 22 as it requires root privileges. Use port forwarding instead.

Files of interest
dl/ – files downloaded with wget are stored here
log/kippo.log – log/debug output
log/tty/ – session logs
utils/playlog.py – utility to replay session logs
utils/createfs.py – used to create fs.pickle
fs.pickle – fake filesystem
honeyfs/ – file contents for the fake filesystem – feel free to copy a real system here

Download from Github.