oletools is a package of python tools to analyze Microsoft OLE2 files (also called Structured Storage, Compound File Binary Format or Compound Document File Format), such as Microsoft Office documents or Outlook messages, mainly for malware analysis, forensics and debugging. It is based on the olefile parser. See http://www.decalage.info/python/oletools for more info.
Note: python-oletools is not related to OLETools published by BeCubed Software.
- 2020-09-28 v0.56:
- added detection of trigger _OnConnecting
- updated plugin_biff to v0.0.17 to improve Excel 4/XLM macros parsing
- added simple analysis of Excel 4/XLM macros in XLSM files (PR #569)
- added detection of template injection (PR #569)
- added detection of many suspicious keywords (PR #591 and #569, see https://www.certego.net/en/news/advanced-vba-macros/)
- improved MHT detection (PR #532)
- added --no-xlm option to disable Excel 4/XLM macros parsing (PR #532)
- fixed bug when decompressing raw chunks in VBA (issue #575)
- fixed bug with email package due to monkeypatch for MHT parsing (issue #602, PR #604)
- fixed option --relaxed (issue #596, PR #595)
- enabled relaxed mode by default (issues #477, #593)
- fixed detect_vba_macros to always return VBA code as unicode on Python 3 (issues #455, #477, #587, #593)
- replaced option --pcode by --show-pcode and --no-pcode, replaced optparse by argparse (PR #479)
- oleform: improved form parsing (PR #532)
- oleobj: "Ole10Native" is now case insensitive (issue #541)
- clsid: added PDF (issue #552), Microsoft Word Picture (issue #571)
- ppt_parser: fixed bug on Python 3 (issues #177, #607, PR #450)
- 2019-12-03 v0.55:
- added support for SLK files and XLM macro extraction from SLK
- VBA Stomping detection
- integrated pcodedmp to extract and disassemble P-code
- detection of suspicious keywords and IOCs in P-code
- new option --pcode to display P-code disassembly
- improved detection of auto execution triggers
- rtfobj: added URL carver for CVE-2017-0199
- better handling of unicode for systems with locale that does not support UTF-8, e.g. LANG=C (PR #365)
- test files can now be encrypted, to avoid antivirus alerts (PR #217, issue #215)
- tests that trigger antivirus alerts have been temporarily disabled (issue #215)
See the full changelog for more information.
Tools to analyze malicious documents
- oleid: to analyze OLE files to detect specific characteristics usually found in malicious files.
- olevba: to extract and analyze VBA Macro source code from MS Office documents (OLE and OpenXML).
- MacroRaptor: to detect malicious VBA Macros
- msodde: to detect and extract DDE/DDEAUTO links from MS Office documents, RTF and CSV
- pyxswf: to detect, extract and analyze Flash objects (SWF) that may be embedded in files such as MS Office documents (e.g. Word, Excel) and RTF, which is especially useful for malware analysis.
- oleobj: to extract embedded objects from OLE files.
- rtfobj: to extract embedded objects from RTF files.
Tools to analyze the structure of OLE files
- olebrowse: A simple GUI to browse OLE files (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint documents), to view and extract individual data streams.
- olemeta: to extract all standard properties (metadata) from OLE files.
- oletimes: to extract creation and modification timestamps of all streams and storages.
- oledir: to display all the directory entries of an OLE file, including free and orphaned entries.
- olemap: to display a map of all the sectors in an OLE file.
Projects using oletools:
oletools are used by a number of projects and online malware analysis services, including ACE, Anlyz.io, AssemblyLine, CAPE, CinCan, Cuckoo Sandbox, DARKSURGEON, Deepviz, DIARIO, dridex.malwareconfig.com, EML Analyzer, FAME, FLARE-VM, Hybrid-analysis.com, IntelOwl, Joe Sandbox, Laika BOSS, MacroMilter, mailcow, malshare.io, malware-repo, Malware Repository Framework (MRF), MalwareBazaar, olefy, PeekabooAV, pcodedmp, PyCIRCLean, REMnux, Snake, SNDBOX, SpuriousEmu, Strelka, stoQ, TheHive/Cortex, TSUGURI Linux, Vba2Graph, Viper, ViperMonkey, YOMI, and probably VirusTotal. And quite a few other projects on GitHub. (Please contact me if you have or know a project using oletools)
Download and Install:
The recommended way to download and install/update the latest stable release of oletools is to use pip:
- On Linux/Mac:
sudo -H pip install -U oletools
- On Windows:
pip install -U oletools
This should automatically create command-line scripts to run each tool from
To get the latest development version instead:
- On Linux/Mac:
sudo -H pip install -U https://github.com/decalage2/oletools/archive/master.zip
- On Windows:
pip install -U https://github.com/decalage2/oletools/archive/master.zip
See the documentation for other installation options.
The latest version of the documentation can be found online, otherwise a copy is provided in the doc subfolder of the package.
How to Suggest Improvements, Report Issues or Contribute:
This is a personal open-source project, developed on my spare time. Any contribution, suggestion, feedback or bug report is welcome.
To suggest improvements, report a bug or any issue, please use the issue reporting page, providing all the information and files to reproduce the problem.
You may also contact the author directly to provide feedback.
The code is available in a GitHub repository. You may use it to submit enhancements using forks and pull requests.
This license applies to the python-oletools package, apart from the thirdparty folder which contains third-party files published with their own license.
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