Ghost Eye Informationgathering Footprinting Scanner and Recon Tool Release


Ghost Eye New Release. Ghost Eye is an Information Gathering, Footprinting, Scanner, and Recon Tool I made in Python 3. Since the last release of Ghost Eye, I’ve tweaked, removed, and added some new features. So that Ghost Eye would become more of a whole. For me, it remains a game of options so that together you get a complete overview of your target.


Ghost Eye Options


In the previous version of Ghost Eye, one of the the option was, “Have I been pwned” Since you need here now (a paid API) for this, I have removed this tool.


In addition, I have added some new tools that are very useful. I have added the following new tools:


  1. Cloudflare Cookie scraper
  2. Detecting CMS with Identified Technologies
  3. Crawler target url + Robots.txt
  4. Certificate Transparency log monitor


Hi there, Shall we play a game..? 😃

[+] 1.   EtherApe – Graphical Network Monitor (root)
[+] 2.   DNS Lookup
[+] 3.   Whois Lookup
[+] 4.   Nmap Port Scan
[+] 5.   HTTP Header Grabber
[+] 6.   Clickjacking Test - X-Frame-Options Header
[+] 7.   Robots.txt Scanner
[+] 8.   Cloudflare Cookie scraper
[+] 9.   Link Grabber
[+] 10.  IP Location Finder
[+] 11.  Detecting CMS with Identified Technologies
[+] 12.  Traceroute
[+] 13.  Crawler target url + Robots.txt
[+] 14.  Certificate Transparency log monitor
[x] 15.  Exit

[+] Enter your choice:


Cookies are data files that help sites track your activity and remember the last time you visited a page to provide a more personal experience.

There are two different types of cookies:

Session cookies are used by e-commerce sites to keep track of what you put in your shopping cart. Those are temporary and essentially vanish once you close out your browser.

Persistent cookies allow websites to remember settings like login or account information. But there’s a warning about some of those cookies falling into the wrong hands.


Detecting CMS with Identified Technologies

Curious to know what technologies are used on your competitor’s website?

If you have ever wondered how to find what technology is used on a particular website. Detecting CMS with Identified Technologies show you the different ones. Using this tool to determine what technology is used, you can determine whether vulnerabilities can be found.


Crawler target url


Crawler target url + Robots.txt

This tool Crawler the target url and in addition again a Robots.txt

Crawler target url


Certificate Transparency log monitor

By making a conscious effort to monitor CT logs, you will gain complete visibility of the digital certificates issued for your domain(s). Detecting malicious, mis-issued or expired SSL/TLS certificates becomes a cinch.

On average, digital certificates are hacked or hijacked every 10 minutes, opening owners up to malware attacks, data theft and reputation damage.


Well-known Tools Ghost Eye



Let’s start with EtherApe (Option 1). Personally, I think this is one of the nicest and most useful tools to see what is happening in your network environment. Certainly in combination with Wireshark. I would say, try this amazing tool, and see what happens if you open a random link. You will be amazed by this ..!



EtherApe is a graphical network monitor and a packet sniffer that collects information and displays it graphically and it supports Ethernet, FDDI, Token Ring, ISDN, PPP, SLIP and WLAN devices, plus several encapsulation formats. It can filter traffic to be shown and can read packets from a file as well as live from the network.

Below something more extensive


Ethernet: (IEEE 802.3) is a network standard with which computers in a LAN communicate with each other. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) defines Ethernet as protocol 802.3. But “Ethernet” is a lot easier to pronounce, and probably also the name under which you know this essential connection to the internet. On top of the Ethernet, layer is protocols, of which TCP / IP is the best known and most used.


WLAN: Abbreviation for ‘Wireless LAN’, or ‘Wireless Local Area Network’. A wireless connection between different computers or computer devices that are close together. There are various techniques for setting up a wireless local network. The most important are the WiFi and Bluetooth. This gives users the ability to move around within the area and yet still be connected to the network. Through a gateway, a WLAN can also provide a connection to the wider Internet.


FDDI: Fiber Distributed Data Interface which is an optical data communication standard used for long-distance networks provides communication with fiber optic lines up to 200 kilometers at a speed of 100 megabits per second (Mbps).


Token Ring: A local area network in which a node can only transmit when in possession of a sequence of bits (the token), which is passed to each node in turn.


EterApe was originally written by Juan Toledo. The first version of EtherApe (version 0.0.1) was released on February 18, 2000. Because it has been around for a long time, it also reflects the power of this tool. The Node statistics can also be exported.



If you are using any of the latest versions of pentest distributions such as Kali Linux, Parrot Security or BlackArch, EtherApe is already installed. If EtherApe is not present in your machine and you need to install it, simply open your terminal and use the below commands.



sudo apt install etherape



pacman -S etherape



dnf install etherape



yum install etherape


You may receive an error message during installation. This is often GNOME related, and especially with old distros. In such a case, I recommend checking whether the below packages are installed in your machine. If these packages are not yet installed, you can install it using the below commands:


Install missing packages

sudo apt install libgnomeui-0:amd64

Install missing dependencies

sudo apt -f install


Install missing dependencies

There are so many options for using EtherApe. To move further, you can take a look around or use the man page.

man etherape



Another tool that we will discuss is the whois tool (Option 1 in Ghost Eye tool). whois searches for an object in a whois database. whois is a query and response protocol that is widely used for searching databases that present users from an internet source, such as a domain name of an IP address.

As part of the domain registration process, registrants must provide their registrar with correct and dependable contact details and make sure this information is kept up to date. Failing to provide reliable information, or a willful failure to replace out of date data supplied to a registrar can lead to your registration being canceled. The registrar that you pick will ask you to offer contact and technical records, some of which are required by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Personal data such as e-mail addresses etc. can be included in a WHOIS result.

There will be the following details of the registrant.

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Street
  • City
  • State
  • Postal Code
  • Country
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • Email

As you can see, to get information from a certain website or IP address, the whois tool is very useful and can provide you quickly accurate information.

whois tool



The next option that we will discuss is the DNS Lookup tool. DNS stands for “Domain Name System” and is the process by which a DNS record has been returned from a DNS server. Just like looking up a phone number in a phone book - that’s why it’s referred to as a “lookup”.

Interconnected computers, servers, and smartphones need to know how to translate the email addresses and domain names people use into meaningful numerical addresses. A DNS lookup performs this function. There is so much to tell about DNS, but I wouldn’t bore you with that.

DNS Lookup tool



Nmap port scan (Option 4 in Ghost Eye tool). Nmap is the most used tool for scanning open ports. Naturally, Nmap can do much more than that. Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is an open-source tool for network exploration and security auditing.

In Ghost Eye, the Nmap scans the specified link or IP address and searches for open ports. An nmap -Pn scan is used in the Ghost Eye script. -Pn is used to treat all hosts as online - skip host discovery

Nmap port scan

As you can see in the example above there are quite a lot of open ports. On the basis of this, you could investigate whether a port is vulnerable or not. For further research, I can refer you to one of my previous articles explaining “how to use Nmap NSE scripts to find vulnerabilities”.



HTTP Header Grabber (Option 5 in Ghost Eye tool). The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a client-server protocol powering most of the internet. Every time you surf the internet, your browser sends HTTP requests for HTML pages, images, scripts, and style sheets. Web servers handle these requests by returning responses containing the requested resource, thus completing the HTTP request-response cycle.

HTTP Header Grabber



Clickjacking - X-Frame Options (Option 6 in Ghost Eye tool). Clickjacking is an attack when an attacker uses a transparent iframe in a window to trick a user into clicking on button or link, to another server in which they have an identical looking window. The attacker in a sense hijacks the clicks meant for the original server and sends them to the other server.

X-Frame-Options is an HTTP response header, also referred to as an HTTP security header. This header tells your browser how to behave when handling your site’s content.

X-Frame-Options are used to indicate whether the browser can render a page in an iframe, frame or object. The three possible values are:

  • DENY: The page cannot be rendered in a frame under any circumstance.
  • SAMEORIGIN: The page can only be displayed in a frame if the “framing” site is on the same origin.
  • ALLOW-FROM: The page can only be framed from a specific origin.



Enable on Nginx

To enable the x-frame-options header on Nginx simply add it to your server block config.

add_header x-frame-options "SAMEORIGIN" always;


Enable on Apache

To enable on Apache simply add it to your httpd.conf file (Apache config file).

header always set x-frame-options "SAMEORIGIN"


Enable on IIS

To enable on IIS simply add it to your site’s Web.config file.

          <add name="X-Frame-Options" value="SAMEORIGIN" />




Robots.txt Scanner (Option 7 in Ghost Eye tool). The file robots.txt is used to give instructions to web robots, such as search engine crawlers, about locations within the web site that robots are allowed, or not allowed, to crawl and index.

“When you say “move along, nothing to see here”, the bad guys get interested”

Vulnerabilities in robots.txt Detection is a Low-risk vulnerability that is one of the most frequently found on networks around the world. BUT sometimes you come across something special. Nevertheless, in this case, I must also refer you back to the article about Google Dorks.

Is someone trying to hide their password?


Google Dorks

inurl:"/robots.txt" + "Disallow: passwords.txt"
Disallow: passwords.txt


Again … You should be very careful when you are writing your “robots.txt” because if someone checks it or someone with some imagination searches on Google with these types of queries, you could be a hacker’s target!

“Hacking can be so difficult … But sometimes it’s oh so easy ..!”


Link Grabber (Option 8 in Ghost Eye tool). The Link Grabber will parse the html source code of a website and extract links from the page. The hrefs or “page links” are displayed in plain text for easy review.

The purpose of this tool is to find hidden links and look for irregularities on a website. It can be used also to find a login or registration page and much more.

Link Grabber



IP Location Finder (Option 9 in Ghost Eye tool). Have you ever wondered where a certain website or IP address can be located? With the IP Location Finder, you can retrieve this information. For a given URL or IP, the tool will return you the latitude and longitude of the device or the server. There is not so much to tell about this tool, I think it cannot be clearer.

IP Location Finder



Trace Route (Option 10 in Ghost Eye tool). As the name suggests traceroute, means tracing the path. Traceroute is a network-based utility that shows the path over the network between two systems and lists all the intermediate routers to get to the final destination. The main purpose of traceroute is to fix network problems. This helps you in identifying while connecting to some network where the connection is actually slowing down, which intermediate router is responsible for that.

Using the internet to connect to anything that’s not on your local network or handled by your internet service provider traceroute tracks the route packets taken from an IP network on their way to a given host. It utilizes the IP protocol’s time to live (TTL) field and attempts to elicit an ICMP TIME_EXCEEDED response from each gateway along the path to the host.

When reviewing your results, you’ll see the following information for the path:

  • The number
  • The amount of time it took for each of the three tries in milliseconds
  • The IP address of the node at that hop
  • The domain name (if available).

Trace Route


Install Ghost Eye on Linux

  • install etherape
  • install nmap
  • install dnsutils
  • install gnome-terminal
  • install httpie
  • install mtr


On Arch Linux and its distros:

sudo pacman -S etherape nmap dnsutils gnome-terminal httpie mtr


On Debian and its distros (Kali Linux, Parrot Security OS):

sudo apt install etherape nmap dnsutils gnome-terminal httpie mtr

On Kali Linux you have to install pip3

sudo apt install python3-pip3


If you are done with the above requirements, you can move on to the next step and clone the Ghost Eye repository to your computer.


sudo git clone
cd ghost_eye
sudo pip3 install -r requirements.txt




In some cases, Ghost Eye can require root privilege to execute third-parties applications such as EtherApe.

sudo python3

The unique thing you have to do, it’s to complete the above command with the website or the IP address you want to scan.


Ghost Eye



Here you can find the GitHub of Ghost Eye

Here you can find the article of the first release of Ghost Eye


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Ghost Eye Information Gathering – Footprinting and Reconnaissance Tool




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