ICS-Forensics-Tools – Microsoft ICS Forensics Framework

Microsoft ICS Forensics Tools is an open source forensic framework for analyzing Industrial PLC metadata and project files.
it enables investigators to identify suspicious artifacts on ICS environment for detection of compromised devices during incident response or manual check.
open source framework, which allows investigators to verify the actions of the tool or customize it to specific needs.

Getting Started

These instructions will get you a copy of the project up and running on your local machine for development and testing purposes.

git clone https://github.com/microsoft/ics-forensics-tools.git


Install Python >= 3.9: https://www.python.org/downloads


Install python requirements

pip install -r requirements.txt


General application arguments:

Args Description Required / Optional -h, –help show this help message and exit Optional -s, –save-config Save config file for easy future usage Optional -c, –config Config file path, default is config.json Optional -o, –output-dir Directory in which to output any generated files, default is output Optional -v, –verbose Log output to a file as well as the console Optional -p, –multiprocess Run in multiprocess mode by number of plugins/analyzers Optional

Specific plugin arguments:

Args Description Required / Optional -h, –help show this help message and exit Optional –ip Addresses file path, CIDR or IP addresses csv (ip column required).
add more columns for additional info about each ip (username, pass, etc…) Required –port Port number Optional –transport tcp/udp Optional –analyzer Analyzer name to run Optional

Executing examples in the command line

python driver.py -s -v PluginName –ip ips.csv
python driver.py -s -v PluginName –analyzer AnalyzerName
python driver.py -s -v -c config.json –multiprocess

Import as library example

from forensic.client.forensic_client import ForensicClient
from forensic.interfaces.plugin import PluginConfig
forensic = ForensicClient()
plugin = PluginConfig.from_json({
“name”: “PluginName”,
“port”: 123,
“transport”: “tcp”,
“addresses”: [{“ip”: “”}, {“ip”: “”}],
“parameters”: {
“analyzers”: []


Adding Plugins

When developing locally make sure to mark src folder as “Sources root”

Create new directory under plugins folder with your plugin name Create new Python file with your plugin name Use the following template to write your plugin and replace ‘General’ with your plugin name

from pathlib import Path
from forensic.interfaces.plugin import PluginInterface, PluginConfig, PluginCLI
from forensic.common.constants.constants import Transport

class GeneralCLI(PluginCLI):
def __init__(self, folder_name):
self.name = “General”
self.description = “General Plugin Description”
self.port = 123
self.transport = Transport.TCP

def flags(self, parser):
self.base_flags(parser, self.port, self.transport)
parser.add_argument(‘–general’, help=’General additional argument’, metavar=””)

class General(PluginInterface):
def __init__(self, config: PluginConfig, output_dir: Path, verbose: bool):
super().__init__(config, output_dir, verbose)

def connect(self, address):
self.logger.info(f”{self.config.name} connect”)

def export(self, extracted):
self.logger.info(f”{self.config.name} export”)

Make sure to import your new plugin in the __init__.py file under the plugins folder In the PluginInterface inherited class there is ‘config’ parameters, you can use this to access any data that’s available in the PluginConfig object (plugin name, addresses, port, transport, parameters).
there are 2 mandatory functions (connect, export).
the connect function receives single ip address and extracts any relevant information from the device and return it.
the export function receives the information that was extracted from all the devices and there you can export it to file. In the PluginCLI inherited class you need to specify in the init function the default information related to this plugin.
there is a single mandatory function (flags).
In which you must call base_flags, and you can add any additional flags that you want to have.

Adding Analyzers

Create new directory under analyzers folder with the plugin name that related to your analyzer. Create new Python file with your analyzer name Use the following template to write your plugin and replace ‘General’ with your plugin name

from pathlib import Path
from forensic.interfaces.analyzer import AnalyzerInterface, AnalyzerConfig

class General(AnalyzerInterface):
def __init__(self, config: AnalyzerConfig, output_dir: Path, verbose: bool):
super().__init__(config, output_dir, verbose)
self.plugin_name = ‘General’

def analyze(self):

Make sure to import your new analyzer in the __init__.py file under the analyzers folder

Resources and Technical data & solution:

Microsoft Defender for IoT is an agentless network-layer security solution that allows organizations to continuously monitor and discover assets, detect threats, and manage vulnerabilities in their IoT/OT and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) devices, on-premises and in Azure-connected environments.

Section 52 under MSRC blog
ICS Lecture given about the tool
Section 52 – Investigating Malicious Ladder Logic | Microsoft Defender for IoT Webinar – YouTube


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