Information Gathering Web Application Security

Zeus-Scanner – Advanced Reconnaissance Utility

Zeus is an advanced reconnaissance utility designed to make web application reconnaissance simple. Zeus comes complete with a powerful built-in URL parsing engine, multiple search engine compatibility, the ability to extract URLs from both ban and webcache URLs, the ability to run multiple vulnerability assessments on the target, and is able to bypass search engine captchas

  • A powerful built in URL parsing engine
  • Multiple search engine compatibility (DuckDuckGo, AOL, Bing, and Google default is Google)
  • Ability to extract the URL from Google’s ban URL thus bypassing IP blocks
  • Ability to extract from Google’s webcache URL
  • Proxy compatibility (http, https, socks4, socks5)
  • Tor proxy compatibility and Tor browser emulation
  • Parse robots.txt/sitemap.xml and save them to a file
  • Multiple vulnerability assessments (XSS, SQLi, clickjacking, port scanning, admin panel finding, whois lookups, and more)
  • Tamper scripts to obfuscate XSS payloads
  • Can run with a custom default user-agent, one of over 4000 random user-agents, or a personal user-agent
  • Automatic issue creation when an unexpected error arises
  • Ability to crawl a webpage and pull all the links
  • Can run a singular dork, multiple dorks in a given file, or a random dork from a list of over 5000 carefully researched dorks
  • Dork blacklisting when no sites are found with the search query, will save the query to a blacklist file
  • Identify WAF/IPS/IDS protection of over 20 different firewalls
  • Header protection enumeration to check what kind of protection is provided via HTTP headers
  • Saving cookies, headers, and other vital information to log files
  • and much more…
Running without a mandatory options, or running the --help flag will output Zeus’s help menu:
 A basic dork scan with the -d flag, from the given dork will launch an automated browser and pull the Google page results:
  Calling the -s flag will prompt for you to start the sqlmap API server python -s from sqlmap, it will then connect to the API and perform a sqlmap scan on the found URL’s.

You can see more screenshots here

There are some requirements for this to be run successfully.

Basic requirements

  • libxml2-dev, libxslt1-dev, python-dev are required for the installation process
  • Firefox web browser is required as of now, you will need Firefox version <=57 >=51 (between 51 and 57). Full functionality for other browsers will eventually be added.
  • If you want to run sqlmap through the URL’s you will need sqlmap somewhere on your system.
  • If you want to run a port scan using nmap on the URL’s IP addresses. You will need nmap on your system.
  • Geckodriver is required to run the firefox web browser and will be installed the first time you run. It will be added to your /usr/bin so that it can be run in your ENV PATH.
  • You must be sudo for the first time running this so that you can add the driver to your PATH, you also may need to run as sudo depending on your permissions. NOTE: Depending on permissions you may need to be sudo for any run involving the geckodriver
  • xvfb is required by pyvirtualdisplay, it will be installed if not installed on your first run

Python package requirements

  • selenium-webdriver package is required to automate the web browser and bypass API calls.
  • requests package is required to connect to the URL, and the sqlmap API
  • python-nmap package is required to run nmap on the URL’s IP addresses
  • whichcraft package is required to check if nmap and sqlmap are on your system if you want to use them
  • pyvirtualdisplay package is required to hide the browser display while finding the search URL
  • lxml is required to parse XML data for the sitemap and save it as such
  • psutil is required to search for running sqlmap API sessions
  • beautifulsoup is required to pull all the HREF descriptor tags and parse the HTML into an easily workable syntax

You can download the latest tar.gz, the latest zip, or you can find the current stable release here. Alternatively you can install the latest development version by following the instructions that best match your operating system:
NOTE: (optional but highly advised) add sqlmap and nmap to your environment PATH by moving them to /usr/bin or by adding them to the PATH via terminal


sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev python-dev &&  git clone && cd zeus-scanner && sudo pip2 install -r requirements.txt && sudo python


sudo apt-get install gcc python-devel libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev python-dev && git clone && cd zeus-scanner && sudo pip2 install -r requirements.txt && sudo python


sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev python-dev && git clone && cd zeus-scanner && sudo pip2 install -r requirements.txt && sudo python

This will install all the package requirements along with the geckodriver