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RedEye: Red Team C2 Log Visualization

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RedEye is an open-source analytic tool developed by CISA and DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to assist Red Teams with visualizing and reporting command and control activities. This tool allows an operator to assess and display complex data, evaluate mitigation strategies, and enable effective decision making in response to a Red Team assessment. The tool parses logs, such as those from Cobalt Strike, and presents the data in an easily digestible format. The users can then tag and add comments to activities displayed within the tool. The operators can use the RedEye’s presentation mode to present findings and workflow to stakeholders.

RedEye can assist an operator to efficiently:

  • Replay and demonstrate Red Team’s assessment activities as they occurred rather than manually pouring through thousands of lines of log text.
  • Display and evaluate complex assessment data to enable effective decision making.
  • Gain a clearer understanding of the attack path taken and the hosts compromised during a Red Team assessment or penetration test.
Red Team Blue Team
Red Team Blue Team

Quick start

  1. Download the latest RedEye binaries for your OS* from the Releases page.
  2. Pick a mode and Run the server
    • Red Team mode enables the full feature set: upload C2 logs, explore data, and create presentations. You must provide a password to run in Red Team mode. To start the server in Red Team mode, run the following in a terminal.
        ./RedEye --redTeam --password <your_password>
    • Blue Team mode (default) enables a simplified, read-only UI for reviewing campaigns exported by a Red Team. To start the server in Blue Team mode, run the following in a terminal.
        ./RedEye   # Or simplify double-click the "RedEye" executable 
  3. Use the web app in a browser at The RedEye binary runs as a server in a terminal window and will automatically open the web app UI your default browser. You must close the terminal window to quit the RedEye server.
  4. Try importing the gt.redeye example dataset to get started. Or try a different example dataset.

MacOS Issue - When running RedEye for the first time, you may get a "not verified" error. You must go to "System Preferences" > "Security & Privacy" > "General" and click "Open Anyway." More info on the Apple support page.

Follow the User Guide to learn about RedEye's feature set.

Red Team & Blue Team Modes

RedEye has two modes that cover two stages of the Red Teaming process. Red Team mode allows importing C2 data, editing imported data, and making comments and presentations. After curating and annotating campaign data, Red Teams can export their campaign as a standalone .redeye file and hand it off to a Blue Team for reporting and remediation. Blue Team mode runs RedEye in a simplified read-only mode for viewing curated data exported by a Red Team.

Note: Both Red and Blue Team modes can be started from the same RedEye application binary.

Red Team

The downloaded binary comes in two parts:

  • The RedEye application binary
  • The parsers folder containing parser binaries (e.g. cobalt-strike-parser Cobalt Strike log parser binary)

There are three options to run RedEye in Red Team mode:

  1. Run the downloaded binary, passing in the --redTeam and password options:
    ./RedEye --redTeam --password <your_password>
  2. Clone, install, and run the project directly (covered in the Local Build section).
  3. Docker Compose
    1. Clone the repo
    2. Update the environment variables in docker-compose.yml.
    3. Run:
      docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml up -d redeye-core

Blue Team

The Blue Team mode is a simplified, read-only UI for displaying data that has been curated, annotated, and exported by a Red Team. This mode runs by default to make startup more simple for the Blue Team.

The Blue Team version can be run by double-clicking the 'RedEye' application binary. RedEye runs at (by default) and will automatically open your default browser.

Blue Team Presentation Handoff

If a campaigns folder is located in the same directory as the RedEye application, RedEye will attempt to import any .redeye campaign files within. Campaign files can be exported in the Red Team mode.

To prepare a version for the Blue Team, follow these two steps:

  1. Copy the RedEye application binary to an empty folder.
  2. Create a campaigns folder in the same directory and place the .redeye campaign files you want to send inside.

.redeye files can also be uploaded in Blue Team mode via the "+ Add Campaign" dialog.

Example Datasets

There are example datasets in this repo available for download. These are located in the ./applications/redeye-e2e/src/fixtures folder.

You may want to use a tool like to download just one folder of a github repo

RedEye Server Parameters

Type ./Redeye -h to view the options

-d, --developmentMode [boolean]  put the database and server in development mode
-r, --redTeam [boolean]          run the server in red team mode
--port [number]                  the port the server should be exposed at
-p, --password [string]          the password for user authentication
--parsers [string...]            A list of parsers to use or a flag to use all parsers in the parsers folder
-t, --childProcesses [number]    max # of child processes the parser can use
-h, --help                       display help for command

you can also configure the server parameters in a config.json file that sits next to the RedEye binary

	"password": "937038570",
	"redTeam": true,
	"parsers": ["cobalt-strike-parser", "brute-ratel-parser"] // or true/false

Local Build

Required Packages

  • Node.js >= v16
  • Install yarn: npm install -g yarn
  • Run: yarn install // Installs all packages
  • Run either:
    1. yarn release:all to build a binary for Linux, macOS, and Windows
    2. yarn release:(mac|windows|linux) .
  • platform options:
    • mac
    • windows
    • linux



Install Node.js >= v16 Install yarn globally via npm

npm install -g yarn

Install package dependencies

yarn install

Quick Start Development

Runs the project in development mode

yarn start

Advanced Development

It is recommended to run the server and client in two separate terminals

yarn start:client another terminal

yarn start:server


to build a binary for Linux, macOS, and Windows

yarn release:all

to build for a specific platform, replace all with the platform name

yarn release:(mac|windows|linux)

Platform support

  • Linux
    • Ubuntu 18 and newer
    • Kali Linux 2020.1 and newer
    • Others may be supported but are untested
  • macOS
    • El Capitan and newer
  • Windows
    • Windows 7 and newer
    • ARM support is experimental

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