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Description → Learn how to use Redline to perform memory analysis and to scan for IOCs on an endpoint.


You can install Redline by installing it in you local machine. I am using RDP provided by THM. Im Using Remmina in my kali machine. To install Remmina

sudo apt install remmina

Q1. Who created Redline?

A. FireEye

Data Collection

There are 3 ways of collect data from Redline.

  • Standard Collector → This method collect minimum amount of data for the analysis and is the fastest of of the three methods.
  • Comprehensive Collector → This method collect most data for your system and takes about an hour to complete.
  • IOC Search Collector → This method runs collected data against known Indicators of Compromise (IOCs).

Open Redline and click on “Create a Standard Collector”

Make sure to select windows and then click edit your script and click the what kind of data you want to collect from following tabs Memory, Disk, System, Network, and Other.

Memory: Check all the strings and uncheck Hook Detection for this exercise

Disk: This is where we collect the data on Disks partitions and Volumes along with File Enumeration

System: This tab asks you what kind of information you want from the machine

Network: Network options supports Windows, OS X and linux platforms. This tab can be configured to collect network information and browser history.


Then pick a location to save your analysis files and click “OK”

NOTE: Make sure the folder is empty

After Selecting the Folder its going to show you “Collectors Instruction”

Next, go to the folder you selected to save and right click on “RunRedlineAudit” and the “Run as administrator”

Then it will open CMD and run the script. And upon finishing the task it will close automatically

NOTE: It will take 15-20min depending on the system

If we visit Sessions > AnalysisSession1 , we can see a .mans extension file. We are going to import that to Redline to investigate. Double click the file

NOTE: If you run the script multiple times, the naming convention of the analysis file will increment by 1. For example, if you run the script two times, you will see AnalysisSession1 and AnalysisSession2.

Q2. What data collection method takes the least amount of time?

A. Standard Collector

Q3. You are reading a research paper on a new strain of ransomware. You want to run the data collection on your computer based on the patterns provided, such as domains, hashes, IP addresses, filenames, etc. What method would you choose to run a granular data collection against the known indicators?

A. IOC Search Collector

Q4. What script would you run to initiate the data collection process? Please include the file extension.

A. RunRedlineAudit.bat

Q5. If you want to collect the data on Disks and Volumes, under which option can you find it?

A. Disk Enumeration

Q6. What cache does Windows use to maintain a preference for recently executed code?

A. Prefetch

The Redline Interface

When we open the file it takes about 8-10mins to analyze the .mans file.

After the Analysis is done it will present us the following view

System Information: This is where is see information about machine, BIOS(Windows only), OS and user information

Process: In Process we can see Process Name, PID, Arguments, Parents etc. Under process we can find

  • Handles: A process to an object or resource in a Windows OS. Example files, req keys, resources etc.
  • Memory Section: This will let you investigate unsigned memory section used by some process. If we see any unsigned DLLs it provides useful information.
  • Strings: Information about captured strings
  • Ports: One of the most critical section to analyze as we can see malware often initiates Command and control server (C2) to exfiltrating the data or grabbing a payload to the machine.

Other important sections are

  • File System (not included in this analysis session)
  • Registry
  • Windows Services
  • Tasks (Threat actors like to create scheduled tasks for persistence)
  • Event Logs (this another great place to look for the suspicious Windows PowerShell events as well as the Logon/Logoff, user creation events, and others)
  • ARP and Route Entries (not included in this analysis session)
  • Browser URL History (not included in this analysis session)
  • File Download History

Timeline provides useful filters to find specific things

Also with TimeWrinkles custom filters can be created

TimeCrunches helps to reduce data thats not relevant in the table view

Redline User Guide:

Q7. Where in the Redline UI can you view information about the Logged in User?

A. System Information

Standard Collector Analysis

Q8. Provide the Operating System detected for the workstation.

A. Windows Server 2019 Standard 17763

Q9. Provide the BIOS Version for the workstation.

A. Xen

Q10. What is the suspicious scheduled task that got created on the victim’s computer?


Q11. Find the message that the intruder left for you in the task.

A. THM-p3R5IStENCe-m3Chani$m

Q12. There is a new System Event ID created by an intruder with the source name “THM-Redline-User” and the Type “ERROR”. Find the Event ID #.

A. 546

Q13. Provide the message for the Event ID.

A. Someone cracked my password. Now I need to rename my puppy-++-

Q14. It looks like the intruder downloaded a file containing the flag for Question 8. Provide the full URL of the website.


Q15. Provide the full path to where the file was downloaded to including the filename.

A. C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Mail\SomeMailFolder\flag.txt

Q16. Provide the message the intruder left for you in the file.

A. THM{600D-C@7cH-My-FR1EnD}

IOC Search Collector

IOC Stands for Indicators of Compromise. They are artifacts of the potential compromise and host intrusion on the system or network that you need to look for when conducting threat hunting or performing incident response. Examples MD5, SHA1, SHA256 hashes, C2 domain etc.

Download MandateIOC editor IOCe and open it

File > New > Indicator

Fill up the section using the following information

  • The Name of the IOC file is Keylogger, Keylogger.ioc. (this field you can edit)
  • The Author is RussianPanda. (this field you can edit)
  • GUIDCreated, and Modified are fields you can NOT edit, and IOC Editor populates the information.
  • Under Description, you can add a summary explaining the purpose of the IOC file.

The actual IOCs will be added under, you guessed it, Add.

Here are the values from the image above:

  • File Strings - psylog.exe
  • File Strings - RIDEV_INPUTSINK
  • File MD5 - 791ca706b285b9ae3192a33128e4ecbb
  • File Size - 35400

Add IOCs by pressing

Items > Favorites

Open Redline And Create an IOC Search Collector

IOC Search Collector

Select the folder that you created the ioc file in.

Press next and edit your script and save the ioc

Then open up AnalysisSession1.mans and IOC Reports.

NOTE: it should automatically import ioc but if it doesn’t you can create a new one

We can see one hit was on “chrome.dll” and this is a false positive. DLL file matched with the string “RIDEV_INPUTSINK” that we had in our .ioc file.

Q17. What is the actual filename of the Keylogger?

A. psylog.exe

Q18. What filename is the file masquerading as?

A. THM1768.exe

Q19. Who is the owner of the file?

A. WIN-2DET5DP0NPT\charles

Q20. What is the file size in bytes?

A. 35400

Q21. Provide the full path of where the .ioc file was placed after the Redline analysis, include the .ioc filename as well

A. C:\Users\charles\Desktop\Keylogger-IOCSearch\IOCs\keylogger.ioc

IOC Search Collector Analysis

Scenario: You are assigned to do a threat hunting task at Osinski Inc. They believe there has been an intrusion, and the malicious actor was using the tool to perform the lateral movement attack, possibly a “pass-the-hash” attack.

Task: Can you find the file planted on the victim’s computer using IOC Editor and Redline IOC Search Collector?

So far, you only know the following artifacts for the file:

File Strings:

  • 20210513173819Z0w0=
  • <?<L<T<g=

File Size (Bytes):

  • 834936


Open MandiantIOCe and Create a new and name is “pass the hash”

Next we are going to add attribute.

File Strings

  • 20210513173819Z0w0=
  • <?<L<T<g=

We are going to put the strings on the content. As there is 2 strings we are going use “OR” and add the 2nd string

Next we are going to use “AND” and add next attribute

File Size (Bytes):

  • 834936

We are gonna save the ioc file and then load up Redline. Then we are going to click “Create an IOC Search Collector” and import the IOC file.

NOTE: You need to select the folder that contain the IOC file

Next we need to edit our script by clicking “Edit your script”. Based on the hints were provided we can assume it was a file.

Then we are going to select a new folder and press ok

We are going to open the folder and open “RunRedlineAudit” with “Run as administrator”

Its going to open cmd and going to take 15-20min to do the audit.

Q22. Provide the path of the file that matched all the artifacts along with the filename.

A. C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Temp\8eJv8w2id6IqN85dfC.exe

Q23. Provide the path where the file is located without including the filename.

*A. C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Temp*

Q24. Who is the owner of the file?

A. BUILTIN\Administrators

Q25. Provide the subsystem for the file.

A. Windows_CUI

Q26. Provide the Device Path where the file is located.

A. \Device\HarddiskVolume2

Q27. Provide the hash (SHA-256) for the file.

A. 57492d33b7c0755bb411b22d2dfdfdf088cbbfcd010e30dd8d425d5fe66adff4

Q28. The attacker managed to masquerade the real filename. Can you find it having the hash in your arsenal?

A. PsExec.exe

Endpoint Investigation

Scenario: A Senior Accountant, Charles, is complaining that he cannot access the spreadsheets and other files he has been working on. He also mentioned that his wallpaper got changed with the saying that his files got encrypted. This is not good news!

Are you ready to perform the memory analysis of the compromised host? You have all the data you need to do some investigation on the victim’s machine. Let’s go hunting!


  1. Navigate to the folder on your desktop titled Endpoint Investigation.
  2. Double-click on the AnalysisSession1.mans file. The data will be imported automatically into Redline.
  3. Analyze the file to answer the questions below.

Q29. Can you identify the product name of the machine?

A. Windows 7 Home Basic

Q30. Can you find the name of the note left on the Desktop for the “Charles”?

A. R_E_A_D___T_H_I_S___AJYG1O.txt

Q31. Find the Windows Defender service; what is the name of its service DLL?

A. MpSvc.dll

Q32. The user manually downloaded a zip file from the web. Can you find the filename?


Q33. Provide the filename of the malicious executable that got dropped on the user’s Desktop.

A. [email protected]

Q34. Provide the MD5 hash for the dropped malicious executable.

A. fe1bc60a95b2c2d77cd5d232296a7fa4

Q35. What is the name of the ransomware?

A. Cerber

updated_at 05-07-2022