pe-carv.py - Python PE Carver

pe-carv.py is script can be used to carve out portable executable files from a data stream. It relies on pefile by Ero Carrera to parse the portable executable file format and calculate the file size. Since the script relies on the portable executable file format, data that is appended to the end of the file (overlay) will not be carved out. The algorithm of the script is simple. Search for the strings of the MZ header in a data stream, if found read from the address to the end of the file, then pass the buffer to pefile. If no exceptions are thrown by pefile then we have a valid portable executable file. If an error occurs, search for the next MZ header and then start the process again.

Example

Data Stream with Embedded Portable Executable

>dir
01/31/2013  04:42 PM    <DIR>          .
01/31/2013  04:42 PM    <DIR>          ..
01/31/2013  04:08 PM             2,379 pe-carv.py
01/31/2013  10:01 AM           147,558 xxx.bin
               2 File(s)        149,937 bytes
>pe-carv.py xxx.bin
        * exe found at offset 0x66
>dir
01/31/2013  04:42 PM    <DIR>          .
01/31/2013  04:42 PM    <DIR>          ..
01/31/2013  04:42 PM           147,456 1.exe
01/31/2013  04:08 PM             2,379 pe-carv.py
01/31/2013  10:01 AM           147,558 xxx.bin
               3 File(s)        297,393 bytes

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# Name: 
#    pe-carv.py
# Version: 
#    0.2
# Description: 
#    This script can be used to carve out portable executable files from a data stream.
#    It relies on pefile by Ero Carrera to parse the portable executable format and calculate 
#    the file size. This script will not account for the size of  file overlays (data 
#    . appended to the end of the file).
#          
# Author
#    alexander<dot>hanel<at>gmail<dot>com

import re
import sys
import imp 
try:
    imp.find_module('pefile')
    import pefile
except ImportError as error:
    print '\t[IMPORT ERROR] %s - aborting' % error
    sys.exit()

class CARVER():
    def __init__(self):
        self.args = sys.argv
        self.argumentCheck()
        self.readStream()
        self.carve()
        
    def argumentCheck(self):
        if len(self.args) < 2:
            print "\t[USAGE] pe-carv.py <file-stream>"
            sys.exit()
    
    def readStream(self):
        try:
            self.fileH = open(sys.argv[1], "rb")
        except:
            print '\t[FILE ERROR] could not access file: %s' % sys.argv[1]
            sys.exit()
      
    def getExt(self, pe):
        if pe.is_dll() == True:
            return 'dll'
        if pe.is_driver() == True:
            return 'sys'
        if pe.is_exe() == True:
            return 'exe'
        else:
            return 'bin'
            
    def writeFile(self, count, ext, pe):
        try:
            out  = open(str(count)+ '.' + ext, 'wb')
        except:
            print '\t[FILE ERROR] could not write file'
            sys.exit()
        # remove overlay or junk in the trunk
        out.write(pe.trim())
        out.close()

    def carve(self):
        c = 1
        # For each address that contains MZ
        for y in [tmp.start() for tmp in re.finditer('\x4d\x5a',self.fileH.read())]:
            self.fileH.seek(y)
            try:
                pe = pefile.PE(data=self.fileH.read())
            except:
                continue 
            # determine file ext
            ext = self.getExt(pe)
            print '\t*', ext , 'found at offset', hex(y) 
            self.writeFile(c,ext,pe)
            c += 1
            ext = ''
            self.fileH.seek(0)
            pe.close()
            
if __name__== '__main__':
    CARVER()

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