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What I need is a forensic log analyzer tool for apache to do the after math of a successful abuse of service attack which took place 2-3 month in the past. We are running a shared hosting service and one of our customers seems to have (or had) an exploitable script running. I suspect that I could find clues and hints in the logs but they are just too huge to browse through them manually or grep regexps from them.

Is there a tool which can do it and has predefined search patterns for known attacks and probably even heuristics to discover suspicious activities?

I do not look for a tool to do real-time blocking of such attempts because I need to analyze past logs and see if the exploit has been closed.

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Probably, AWStats can help you. It is a free and open-source tool.

Check out Phpida and Scalp as well. They are security analyzers looking for HTTP attacks, SQL injection etc.

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AWStats is just a statistical analyzer and graphing tool, isn't it? Not much different from webalizer. – hurikhan77 Sep 6 '09 at 14:39
Yes, you're right. You can check Scalp and Phpida. – swatkat Sep 6 '09 at 14:52
Scalp is probably the way to go and I will look into it. Thanks. – hurikhan77 Sep 6 '09 at 14:54

Check out WebForensik

It's a PHPIDS-based script (released under GPL2) to scan your HTTPD logfiles for attacks against web applications.


  • supports standard log formats (common, combined)
  • allows user-defined (mod_log_config syntax) formats
  • automatically pipes your web logs through PHPIDS
  • categorizes all incidents by type, impact, date, host...
  • generates reports in CSV, HTML (sortable table), XML
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