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GitHub - GoSecure/pyrdp: RDP man-in-the-middle and library for Python 3 with the ability to watch connections live or after the fact

PyRDP is a Python 3 Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) and library.

It features a few tools:

  • RDP Man-in-the-Middle
    • Logs credentials used to connect
    • Steals data copied to the clipboard
    • Saves a copy of the files transferred over the network
    • Saves replays of connections so you can look at them later
  • RDP Player:
    • See live RDP connections coming from the MITM
    • View replays of RDP connections
  • RDP Certificate Cloner:
    • Create a self-signed X509 certificate with the same fields as an RDP server’s certificate

We are using this tool as part of an RDP honeypot which records sessions and saves a copy of the malware dropped on our
target machine.

Table of Contents

Supported Systems

PyRDP should work on Python 3.6 and up.

This tool has been tested to work on Python 3.6 on Linux (Ubuntu 18.04). It has not been tested on OSX and Windows.


First, make sure to update setuptools so the setup script won’t break:

sudo pip3 install --upgrade setuptools

If you want to run the player, you will also need PyQt4:

sudo apt install python3-pyqt4

You can now install PyRDP by running the setup script:

sudo python3 setup.py install

This should install all the dependencies required to run PyRDP.

Installing on Windows

If you want to install PyRDP on Windows, note that setup.py will try to compile ext/rle.c, so you will need to have
a C compiler installed. You will also need to generate a private key and certificate to run the MITM.

Using the PyRDP MITM

Use pyrdp-mitm.py <ServerIP> or pyrdp-mitm.py <ServerIP>:<ServerPort> to run the MITM.

Assuming you have an RDP server running on and listening on port 3389, you would run:


When running the MITM for the first time on Linux, a private key and certificate should be generated for you in ~/.config/pyrdp.
These are used when TLS security is used on a connection. You can use them to decrypt PyRDP traffic in Wireshark, for

Specifying the private key and certificate

If key generation didn’t work or you want to use a custom key and certificate, you can specify them using the
-c and -k arguments:

pyrdp-mitm.py -k private_key.pem -c certificate.pem

Connecting to the PyRDP player

If you want to see live RDP connections through the PyRDP player, you will need to specify the ip and port on which the
player is listening using the -i and -d arguments. Note: the port argument is optional, the default port is 3000.

pyrdp-mitm.py -i -d 3000

Connecting to a PyRDP player when the MITM is running on a server

If you are running the MITM on a server and still want to see live RDP connections, you should use
SSH remote port forwarding
to forward a port on your server to the player’s port on your machine. Once this is done, you pass and the forwarded
port as arguments to the MITM. For example, if port 4000 on the server is forwarded to port 3000 on your machine, this would
be the command to use:

pyrdp-mitm.py -i -d 4000

Other MITM arguments

Run pyrdp-mitm.py --help for a full list of arguments.

Using the PyRDP Player

Use pyrdp-player.py to run the player.

Playing a replay file

You can use the menu to open a new replay file: File > Open.

You can also open replay files when launching the player:

pyrdp-player.py <FILE1> <FILE2> ...

Listening for live connections

The player always listens for live connections. By default, the listening port is 3000, but it can be changed:

pyrdp-player.py -p <PORT>

Changing the listening address

By default, the player only listens to connections coming from the local machine. We do not recommend opening up the player
to other machines. If you still want to change the listening address, you can do it with -b:

pyrdp-player.py -b <ADDRESS>

Other player arguments

Run pyrdp-player.py --help for a full list of arguments.

Using the PyRDP Certificate Cloner

The PyRDP certificate cloner creates a brand new X509 certificate by using the values from an existing RDP server’s
certificate. It connects to an RDP server, downloads its certificate, generates a new private key and replaces the
public key and signature of the certificate using the new private key. This can be used in a pentest if, for example,
you’re trying to trick a legitimate user into going through your MITM. Using a certificate that looks like a legitimate
certificate could increase your success rate.

Cloning a certificate

You can clone a certificate by using pyrdp-clonecert.py:

pyrdp-clonecert.py cert.pem -o key.pem

The -o parameter defines the path name to use for the generated private key.

Using a custom private key

If you want to use your own private key instead of generating a new one:

pyrdp-clonecert.py cert.pem -i input_key.pem

Other cloner arguments

Run pyrdp-clonecert.py --help for a full list of arguments.

Using PyRDP as a Library

If you’re interested in experimenting with RDP and making your own tools, head over to our
documentation section for more information.

Using PyRDP with Bettercap

We wanted to test using PyRDP to man-in-the-middle all RDP connections on a
given LAN. Due to our architecture right now this redirects to a single
destination RDP server specified on the command-line. If you’re interested in
making that working, check out this document for
more information.

Contributing to PyRDP

See our contribution guidelines.


PyRDP uses code from the following open-source software:

  • RC4-Python for the RC4 implementation.
  • rdesktop for bitmap decompression.
  • rdpy for RC4 keys, the bitmap decompression bindings and the base GUI code for
    the PyRDP player.



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