Ares – Python Botnet and Backdoor

Ares is made of two main programs: A Command aNd Control server, which is a Web interface to administer the agents and an agent program, which is run on the compromised host, and ensures communication with the CNC.

The Web interface can be run on any server running Python. You need to install the cherrypy package.

The client is a Python program meant to be compiled as a win32 executable using pyinstaller. It depends on the requests, pythoncom, pyhook python modules and on PIL (Python Imaging Library).

It currently supports:

  • remote cmd.exe shell
  • persistence
  • file upload/download
  • screenshot
  • key logging


Ares is a Python Remote Access Tool-Screenshot1


Warning: Only use this software according to your current legislation. Misuse of this software can raise legal and ethical issues which I don’t support nor can be held responsible for.



To install the server, first create the sqlite database:

cd server/

If not installed, install the cherrypy python package.

Then launch the server by issuing: python

By default, the server listens on http://localhost:8080



The agent can be launched as a python script, but it is ultimately meant to be compiled as a win32 executable using pyinstaller.

First, install all the dependencies:

  • requests
  • pythoncom
  • pyhook
  • PIL


Then, configure agent/ according to your needs:

  • SERVER_URL = URL of the CNC http server
  • BOT_ID = the (unique) name of the bot, leave empty to use hostname
  • DEBUG = should debug messages be printed to stdout ?
  • IDLE_TIME = time of inactivity before going in idle mode (the agent checks the CNC for commands far less often when idle).
  • REQUEST_INTERVAL = interval between each query to the CNC when active
  • PAUSE_AT_START = delay before contacting the server when launched (in seconds)
  • AUTO_PERSIST = should the agent be persistent by default


Finally, use pyinstaller to compile the agent into a single exe file:

cd agent/python
pyinstaller --onefile --noconsole

That’s it ! You’ve got a fully standalone agent.



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