Honeyd is an open source computer program that allows a user to set up and run multiple virtual hosts on a computer network. These virtual hosts can be configured to mimic several different types of servers, allowing the user to simulate an infinite number of computer network configurations. Honeyd is primarily used in the field of computer security by professionals and hobbyists alike.
This page goes over how to get a simple setup up and running. My server uses IP address 192.168.1.10. My honeyd daemon will listen at 10.0.0.1.
Install the AUR.AUR package from the
Create these files:
create host set host default tcp action reset add host tcp port 23 "/tmp/hello.sh" bind 10.0.0.1 host
#!/bin/sh echo "Led Zeppelin, great band or greatest band?" while read data do echo "$data" done
On your firewall, add the following route:
Destination IP Netmask Gateway 10.0.0.0 255.0.0.0 192.168.1.10
Open up 2 shells on your server. In the first shell, start the honeyd program. In the second shell, use nc to connect to honeyd. The output should be as follows:
$ honeyd -d -p /usr/share/honeyd/nmap.prints -f default.conf 10.0.0.0/8
Honeyd V1.5c Copyright (c) 2002-2007 Niels Provos honeyd: started with -d -p /usr/share/honeyd/nmap.prints -f default.conf 10.0.0.0/8 Warning: Impossible SI range in Class fingerprint "IBM OS/400 V4R2M0" Warning: Impossible SI range in Class fingerprint "Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP3" honeyd: listening promiscuously on eth0: (arp or ip proto 47 or (udp and src port 67 and dst port 68) or (ip and (net 10.0.0.0/8))) and not ether src MAC_ADDY_HERE honeyd: Demoting process privileges to uid 99, gid 99 honeyd: Connection request: tcp (192.168.1.10:60109 - 10.0.0.1:23) honeyd: Connection established: tcp (192.168.1.10:60109 - 10.0.0.1:23) <-> /tmp/hello.sh honeyd: Connection dropped by reset: tcp (192.168.1.10:60109 - 10.0.0.1:23) ^Choneyd: exiting on signal 2
$ nc 10.0.0.1 23
Led Zeppelin, great band or greatest band? greatest greatest ^C
There, you have a simple, basic, set up of honeyd. To kill honeyd, issue the command
You can read "Virtual Honeypots: From Botnet Tracking to Intrusion Detection" by Niels Provos for more information.