Wednesday, 24 January 2018

VirusTotal and Chronicle

It's been more than five years since Google acquired VirusTotal. Today we have another update: VirusTotal will moving to become part of Chronicle, a new Alphabet company focused on cyber security. This update, like our move to Google a few years back, does not change the mission or focus of VirusTotal. We'll continue to operate independently, focused on our mission of helping keep you safe on the web.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

VirusTotal Graph

VirusTotal receives a large number of files and URLs every day, and each of them is analyzed by AVs and other tools and sandboxes to extract information about them. This information is critical for our ecosystem, as it connects the dots and makes clear the connections between entities.

It is common to pivot over many data points (files, URLs, domains and IP addresses) to get the full picture of your investigation, and this usually involves looking at multiple reports at the same time. We know this can be complicated when you have many open tabs, therefore, we’ve developed VirusTotal Graph.

It is a visualization tool built on top of VirusTotal’s data set. It understands the relationship between files, URLs, domains and IP addresses and it provides an easy interface to pivot and navigate over them.

By exploring and expanding each of the nodes in your graph, you can build the network and see the connections across the samples you are studying. By clicking on the nodes, you can see at a glance the most relevant information for each item. You can also add labels and see an in-depth report by going to VirusTotal Public or VirusTotal Intelligence report.

The tool is available in or through a public report in the tool section (VirusTotal login is required):

You can save the graphs, so that you can go back to your investigation any time and share your findings with other users. By clicking in the bottom right corner we generate a permalink which loads the graph as you see it in your screen. All saved graphs are public and linked in VirusTotal public report when the file, URL, IP address or domain appear in the graph. We feel the community will benefit from this intelligence. We understand that there are scenarios where a higher degree of privacy is needed, and we are working on a solution -- expect to see some news around it soon.

The documentation is available at

These are two YouTube videos explaining the main features:
Files Tutorial 1 -
Domain Tutorial 2 -

Last but not least, we are still in an early stage of the tool and we’d be delighted to receive your feedback/comments here.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Malware analysis sandbox aggregation: Welcome Tencent HABO!

VirusTotal is much more than just an antivirus aggregator; we run all sorts of open source/private/in-house tools to further characterize files, URLs, IP addresses and domains in order to highlight suspicious signals. Similarly, we execute a variety of backend processes to build relationships between the items that we store in the dataset, for instance, all the URLs from which we have downloaded a given piece of malware.

One of the pillars of the in-depth characterization of files and the relationship-building process has been our behavioural information setup. By running the executables uploaded to VirusTotal in virtual machines, we are often able to discover network infrastructure used by attackers (C&C domains, additional payload downloads, cloud config files, etc.), registry keys used to ensure persistence on infected machines, and other interesting indicators of compromise. Over time, we have developed automatic malware analysis setups for other operating systems such as Android or OS X.

Today we are excited to announce that, similar to the way we aggregate antivirus verdicts, we will aggregate malware analysis sandbox reports under a new project that we internally call "multisandbox". We are excited to announce that the first partner paving the way is Tencent, an existing antivirus partner that is integrating its Tencent HABO analysis system in order to contribute behavioral analysis reports. In their own words:

Tencent HABO was independently developed by Tencent Anti-Virus Laboratory. It can comprehensively analyze samples from both static information and dynamic behaviors, trigger and capture behaviors of the samples in the sandbox, and output the results in various formats.

One of the most exciting aspects of this integration is that Tencent's setup comprises analysis environments for Windows, Linux and Android. This means that it will also be the very first Linux ELF behavioral characterization engine.

These are a couple of example reports illustrating the integration:

Whenever there is more than one sandbox report for a given file, you will see the pulsating animation in the analysis system selector drop-down.

Please note that sandbox partners are contributing both a summarized analysis and a detailed freestyle HTML report. On the far right of the analysis system selector bar you will see the sandbox's logo along with a link to the detailed HTML report. This is where partners can insert as much fine-grained information as wanted and can be as visually creative as possible, to emphasize what they deem important.

We hope you find this new project as exciting as we do. We already have more integrations in the pipeline and we are certain this will heavily contribute to identifying new threats and strengthening anti-malware defenses worldwide.

If you have a sandbox setup or develop dynamic malware analysis systems please contact us to join this effort.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

VirusTotal += Cybereason

We welcome Cybereason scanner to VirusTotal. In the words of the company:

“Cybereason has developed a comprehensive platform to manage risk, including endpoint detection and response (EDR) and next generation antivirus (NGAV). Cybereason’s NGAV solution is underpinned by a proprietary machine learning (ML) anti-malware engine that was built and trained to block advanced attacks such as never-before-seen malware, ransomware, and fileless malware. The cloud-enabled engine conducts both static binary analysis and dynamic behavioral analysis to increase detection of known and unknown threats. Files submitted to VirusTotal will be analyzed by Cybereason’s proprietary ML anti-malware engine and the rendered verdicts will be available to VirusTotal users.”

Cybereason has expressed its commitment to follow the recommendations of AMTSO and, in compliance with our policy, facilitates this review by SE Labs, an AMTSO-member tester.

Friday, 13 October 2017

VirusTotal += eGambit

We welcome eGambit Artificial Intelligence engine scanner to VirusTotal. This module is part of the whole eGambit solution developed by TEHTRIS company, in Bordeaux, France. In the words of the company:

“eGambit, the Cyber Defense Arsenal, was created by the TEHTRIS company. This new take on cybersecurity, proposes unified enhanced technologies : advanced Endpoint Security agents, unlimited SIEM, Honeypots, NIDS, Deep Learning, etc. eGambit offers a worldwide 24/7 Security Threat Monitoring, Breach Assessment and Incident Response Service. In particular, the eGambit Artificial Intelligence engine module, deployed on VirusTotal, fight against unknown Windows malwares such as stealth spywares, ransomwares, keyloggers, viruses, etc.”

TEHTRIS has expressed its commitment to follow the recommendations of AMTSO and, in compliance with our policy, facilitates this review by SKD-LABS, an AMTSO-member tester.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

VirusTotal += Avast Mobile Security

We welcome the Avast Mobile Security scanner to VirusTotal. This engine is specialized in Android and reinforces the participation of Avast that already had a multi-platform scanner in our service. In the words of the company:

"Avast Mobile Security is a complete security solution capable of identifying potentially unwanted (PUP) and malicious apps (TRJ). The app protects millions of endpoints on a daily basis using a wide range of cloud and on-device-based detection capabilities. Our hybrid mix of technology, which includes static and dynamic (behavioral) analysis in conjunction with the latest machine learning algorithms allow us to provide state of the art malware protection.

Avast has expressed its commitment to follow the recommendations of AMTSO and, in compliance with our policy, facilitates this review by AV-TEST, an AMTSO-member tester.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

VirusTotal gets a new hairdo

Being geeks in a world of executable disassemblies, shell scripts, memory dumps and other beautiful matrix like interfaces, it is no secret that at VirusTotal we have never been great artists. This said, many of you may have noticed that we have taken some time to refresh our public web site. Design is a matter of taste and so we acknowledge that while some will love it, some others won't. However, we think all of our users will be excited about some technical improvements that come along with this refresh, and so we wanted to be sure to call those out.

First of all, we dived into this redesign exercise in order to take advantage of new front-end architecture concepts such as web components. By making use of Polymer, we intend to create basic building blocks that will allow us to operate in a more agile fashion going forward, hopefully making it easier to create new features that you may all enjoy.

Under the hood we have placed a front-end cache layer that allows us, under certain circumstances, to load file and URL reports as if the data was stored locally on your machine, instantaneously. For instance, if you take a look at reports that contain lists of files or URLs, e.g.
you may click on several files in the Downloaded files section and you will notice that after a first template load, subsequent file reports load immediately; the file objects appearing on lists are now locally cached via your browser's local storage. As you dive into multiple threat reports you may also feel lighter transitions thanks to this revamped site being mostly a single page application.

We have also acknowledged the fact that analysts and researchers like to see as much information as possible about a threat condensed into as little space as possible, this is why we have reduced unnecessary paddings, removed merely decorative icons, compacted detections into two columns, etc. It is also the reason behind introducing file type icons so that we can communicate at a glance as much details as possible:
We would like to thank our friends over at Freepik and Flaticon for designing such a rich set of icons for us.

Ease of data communication and comprehension also explains why certain new sections grouping details of the same nature have appeared, e.g. the file history section:

This section ties together all the date related information that we have about a file, including submission dates to VirusTotal, date metadata shared by partners such as Sysinternals' tool suite, file signature dates, modification date metadata contained in certain file formats such as ZIP bundles, etc. Many of these details were formerly spread over different sections that made it difficult to get a clear picture of a file under study.

We have also taken a shot at some usability improvements. You will notice that we now have an omnibar that allows users to search or submit files from any page within VirusTotal, no matter whether you are on a file, domain, IP address or URL report, you can refer to the top bar in order to continue your investigations. Similarly, you can always drag and drop a file in any view in order to trigger a file scan. By the way, we now accept files up to 256MB in size, leaving behind the former 128MB limitation.

Usability is also the reason why file and URL reports now include a floating action button that allows users with privileged accounts to act on the file in VirusTotal Intelligence, for example, by launching a similar file search in order to pinpoint other variants of your interest.

Finally,  we also wanted to spend some time making sure that certain technical features would be understood by non-technical audiences, this is why when you now hover over the headings or subheadings of the different detail sections you get descriptive tooltips:

Better descriptions and inline testing forms can also be found in our  new API documentation and help center

As you can see, what looked merely like a subtle aesthetic change hides certain unnoticed functionality improvements that we hope will make your research smoother. We feel very excited about the transition to web components, as this will allow us to reuse basic building blocks and will speed up future coding efforts. There is still a lot of work to do as we have not fully rewritten the entire site: group and consumption sites or private views such as Intelligence are now entering our redesign kitchen. As usual, we would love to read your suggestions and ideas so that new iterations match your expectations, please share your feedback.

P.S. You may have noticed that our logo has morphed from a sigma into a sigma-flag symbiosis; there is a nice little story to it. The sigma represented the aggregation of detection technologies, and in the security field we often use the term flag in order to detect or mark a file as suspicious, hence, the new logo represents both the aggregation and flagging in one unique visual component.