Advanced Usage

This page includes details about some advanced features that Intel Owl provides which can be optionally enabled. Namely,

Optional Analyzers

Some analyzers which run in their own Docker containers are kept disabled by default. They are disabled by default to prevent accidentally starting too many containers and making your computer unresponsive.

Name Analyzers Description
Malware Tools Analyzers
  • PEframe_Scan
  • Capa_Info
  • Floss
  • Strings_Info
  • ClamAV
  • APKiD
  • Thug_URL_Info, Thug_HTML_Info
  • BoxJS
  • Qiling_Windows, Qiling_Windows_Shellcode, Qiling_Linux, Qiling_Linux_Shellcode
  • PEFrame performs static analysis on Portable Executable malware and malicious MS Office documents
  • Capa detects capabilities in executable files
  • FLOSS automatically deobfuscate strings from malware binaries
  • String_Info_Classic extracts human-readable strings where as ML version of it ranks them
  • ClamAV antivirus engine scans files for trojans, viruses, malwares using a multi-threaded daemon
  • APKiD identifies many compilers, packers, obfuscators, and other weird stuff from an APK or DEX file.
  • Thug performs hybrid dynamic/static analysis on a URL or HTML page.
  • Box-JS is a tool for studying JavaScript malware
  • Qiling is a tool for emulating the execution of a binary file or a shellcode. It requires the configuration of its rootfs, and the optional configuration of profiles. The rootfs can be copied from the Qiling project: please remember that Windows dll must be manually added for license reasons. Qiling provides a DllCollector to retrieve dlls from your licensed Windows. Profiles must be placed in the profiles subfolder
TOR Analyzers Onionscan Scans TOR .onion domains for privacy leaks and information disclosures.
CyberChef CyberChef Run a transformation on a CyberChef server using pre-defined or custom recipes(rules that describe how the input has to be transformed). Check further instructions here
PCAP Analyzers Suricata You can upload a PCAP to have it analyzed by Suricata with the open Ruleset. The result will provide a list of the triggered signatures plus a more detailed report with all the raw data generated by Suricata. You can also add your own rules (See paragraph "Analyzers with special configuration"). The installation is optimized for scaling so the execution time is really fast.

To enable all the optional analyzers you can add the option --all_analyzers when starting the project. Example:

./start prod up --all_analyzers

Otherwise you can enable just one of the cited integration by using the related option. Example:

./start prod up --tor_analyzers

Customize analyzer execution

Some analyzers provide the chance to customize the performed analysis based on parameters that are different for each analyzer.

from the GUI

You can click on “Runtime Configuration” button in the “Scan” page and add the runtime configuration in the form of a dictionary. Example:

"VirusTotal_v3_File": {
    "force_active_scan_if_old": true

from Pyintelowl

While using send_observable_analysis_request or send_file_analysis_request endpoints, you can pass the parameter runtime_configuration with the optional values. Example:

runtime_configuration = {
    "Doc_Info": {
        "additional_passwords_to_check": ["passwd", "2020"]
pyintelowl_client.send_file_analysis_request(..., runtime_configuration=runtime_configuration)


You can either use pre-defined recipes or create your own as explained here.

To use a pre-defined recipe, set the predefined_recipe_name argument to the name of the recipe as defined here. Else, leave the predefined_recipe_name argument empty and set the custom_recipe argument to the contents of the recipe you want to use.

Additionally, you can also (optionally) set the output_type argument.

Pre-defined recipes

  • “to decimal”: [{"op": "To Decimal", "args": ["Space", False]}]

Analyzers with special configuration

Some analyzers could require a special configuration:

  • GoogleWebRisk: this analyzer needs a service account key with the Google Cloud credentials to work properly. You should follow the official guide for creating the key. Then you can populate the secret service_account_json for that analyzer with the JSON of the service account file.

  • ClamAV: this Docker-based analyzer uses clamd daemon as its scanner and is communicating with clamdscan utility to scan files. The daemon requires 2 different configuration files: clamd.conf(daemon’s config) and freshclam.conf (virus database updater’s config). These files are mounted as docker volumes in /integrations/malware_tools_analyzers/clamav and hence, can be edited by the user as per needs, without restarting the application. Moreover ClamAV is integrated with unofficial open source signatures extracted with Fangfrisch. The configuration file fangfrisch.conf is mounted in the same directory and can be customized on your wish. For instance, you should change it if you want to integrate open source signatures from SecuriteInfo

  • Suricata: you can customize the behavior of Suricata:

    • /integrations/pcap_analyzers/config/suricata/rules: here there are Suricata rules. You can change the custom.rules files to add your own rules at any time. Once you made this change, you need to either restart IntelOwl or (this is faster) run a new analysis with the Suricata analyzer and set the parameter reload_rules to true.

    • /integrations/pcap_analyzers/config/suricata/etc: here there are Suricata configuration files. Change it based on your wish. Restart IntelOwl to see the changes applied.

  • Yara:

    • You can customize both the repositories parameter and private_repositories secret to download and use different rules from the default that IntelOwl currently support.

      • The repositories values is what will be used to actually run the analysis: if you have added private repositories, remember to add the url in repositories too!

    • You can add local rules inside the directory at /opt/deploy/files_required/yara/YOUR_USERNAME/custom_rules/. Please remember that these rules are not synced in a cluster deploy: for this reason is advised to upload them on GitHub and use the repositories or private_repositories attributes.

  • DNS0_rrsets_name and DNS0_rrsets_data (DNS0 API):

    • Both these analyzers have a default parameter named direction that is used to dispatch the type of query to run.

      • The value right for this parameter runs the query using data API parameter. Otherwise, if the parameter value is left it runs the query using the name API parameter.

    • This parameter should not be changed from default value.

Organizations and data sharing

Organizations are a great way to share data and analysis only with the members of your team. Invite the people you work with in your organization!

Thanks to the “Organization” feature, you can restrict the people who can see the analysis that you made. By default, analysis (jobs) are executed with a level of TLP that is AMBER. This means that these jobs are shared with the other members of your community only.

If you want to share a job with everyone and make it public (every IntelOwl user can see them), you should set the TLP as CLEAR.

How you can do that? You can select the TLP for the analysis at the time of request.


Since v4, IntelOwl integrated the notification system from the certego_saas package, allowing the admins to create notification that every user will be able to see.

The user would find the Notifications button on the top right of the page:

There the user can read notifications provided by either the administrators or the IntelOwl Maintainers.

As an Admin, if you want to add a notification to have it sent to all the users, you have to login to the Django Admin interface, go to the “Notifications” section and add it there. While adding a new notification, in the body section it is possible to even use HTML syntax, allowing to embed images, links, etc; in the app_name field, please remember to use intelowl as the app name.

Everytime a new release is installed, once the backend goes up it will automatically create a new notification, having as content the latest changes described in the, allowing the users to keep track of the changes inside intelowl itself.