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Project details

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Adel Karimi
Latest release
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Why this tool?

Sqhunter is a security tool to find known and unknown threats within your network. The goal is to find possible adversaries within your network by doing specific queries. The tool uses data from osquery, Salt Open, and the Cymon API.

Background information

Important note: you need to run sqhunter on your salt-master server.

Usage and audience

sqhunter is commonly used for security monitoring, threat discovery, or threat hunting. Target users for this tool are security professionals and system administrators.


  • Command line interface

Example usage and output

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threat hunter based on osquery and salt open

[+] Alert - Host:

+ Process and network socket info:
- pid: 15003
- name: telnet
- cmdline: telnet 80
- local_address:
- local_port: 47722
- remote_address:
- remote_port: 80
- protocol: 6

+ Threat reports:
- title: Malware activity reported by IBM X-Force Exchange
date: 2015-09-21T09:04:10Z
details_url: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/ip/
tag: malware
- title: Malware reported by cleanmx-malware
date: 2015-02-24T15:26:00Z
details_url: http://www.virustotal.com/latest-report.html?resource=5bc647742434f743114d3397b2cf74b0
tag: malware

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + The source code of this software is available

Author and Maintainers

Sqhunter is under development by Adel Karimi.


Supported operating systems

Sqhunter is known to work on Linux.


Several dependencies are required to use sqhunter.

  • Python 2
  • cymon
  • netaddr
  • salt

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Related tool information


This tool is categorized as a threat hunting tool.