A standalone python3 remake of the classic “tree” command with the additional feature of searching for user provided keywords/regex in files, highlighting those that contain matches. Created for two main reasons:
- While searching for secrets in files of nested directory structures, being able to visualize which files contain user provided keywords/regex patterns and where those files are located in the hierarchy of folders, provides a significant advantage.
- “tree” is an amazing tool for analyzing directory structures. It’s really handy to have a standalone alternative of the command for post-exploitation enumeration as it is not pre-installed on every linux distro and is kind of limited on Windows (compared to the UNIX version).
Example #1: Running a regex that essentially matches strings similar to:
password = something against
Example #2: Using comma separated keywords instead of regex:
Further Options & Usage Tips
-xsearch actually returns a unique list of all matched patterns in a file. Be careful when combining it with
-v(–verbose), try to be specific and limit the length of chars to match.
- You can search keywords/regex in binary files as well by providing option
- You can use this tool as the classic “tree” command if you do not provide keywords
-xvalues. This is useful in case you have gained a limited shell on a machine and want to have “tree” with colored output to look around.
- There’s a list variable
eviltree.pywhich can be used to exclude certain file extensions from content search. By default, it excludes the following:
gz, zip, tar, rar, 7z, bz2, xz, deb, img, iso, vmdk, dll, ovf, ova.
- A quite useful feature is the
-i(–interesting-only) option. It instructs eviltree to list only files with matching keywords/regex content, significantly reducing the output length:
Useful keywords/regex patterns
- Regex to look for passwords:
- Keywords to look for sensitive info: