Some Honeypot Updates

Published: 2022-05-03
Last Updated: 2022-05-03 12:05:36 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Yesterday I made live some updates to our honeypot. The honeypot has gained popularity, and users have adapted it to different platforms. We continue to work on it, and significant updates will hopefully be ready soon, but for now, I released an update fixing some bugs and, most of all, updated some of the instructions. Thanks to our undergraduate interns for helping with this.

1 - Cowrie Update

We use cowrie to collect telnet and ssh logs (thanks, Michel Oosterhof, for maintaining this great tool). To avoid breaking any dependencies with our end of the log processing, we include a bundled version of cowrie vs. just pulling the most current one from Github. 

2 - Updated Raspberry Pi Installation

The preferred way to install our honeypot is a Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi project has released an "Imager" tool to streamline the initial install experience. The "Imager" tool allows you to create a customized image with ssh enabled, a custom username and password, and upload ssh keys. You first had to create an image and later log in to the Pi to make these adjustments in the past.

3 - Improved Ubuntu Version

Raspberry Pis are in short supply right now. Another popular alternative to installing the honeypot is to use a virtual machine running Ubuntu. Earlier versions of the honeypot did not install the firewall rules correctly, leading to missed logs. This has been fixed now. Note that the honeypot install will not preserve any firewall rules you may have had before installing the honeypot.

4 - Azure Install

Again thanks to our interns, the honeypot now works better with Azure. We always sort of supported AWS (it is just a VM, after all), but now, you may use Azure.

The update should apply automatically if you have automatic updates enabled. If not, you will receive an email reminding you to update manually in a few days. Please report any bugs via GitHub.


Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D. , Dean of Research,

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