tool review: uefi-spider (and firmware_vault)

UEFI Spider is a tool that crawls/downloads UEFI/BIOS updates from multiple ISV/OEM distributors. It contains a set of highly specific scripts containing spidering logic for ISV/OEMs providing downloadable UEFI firmware updates. Each spider will attempt to document (in JSON) and download every identified UEFI firmware update. The tool is written in Python, and needs the Python scrapy library to work. It has support for these vendors: ASRock, Dell, Gigabyte, Intel, Lenovo, HP, MSI, and VMware.

“WARNING: Using this tool is dangerous, upon running each spider you will have downloaded well over 50G of firmware updates. This is highly taxing on both your bandwidth and the services hosting the updates. Please read the EULA for each site before spidering. This code is provided for reference only; this project and its authors do not encourage using the spiders.”

The tool is written by Teddy Reed (“theopolis”), who also created the UEFI Firmware Parser.

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There isn’t Apple support in these scripts. However, someone else recently started collecting Apple ROMs:

I’m lazy, I wish one person would keep an online respository of ALL known BIOS/UEFI ROMs, so each security researcher wouldn’t have to crawl each vendors’ site on an ongoing basis.

tool mini-review: UEFI Firmware Parser

Here’s a short review of “UEFI Firmware Parser”, a UEFi security/diagnostic tool by Teddy ‘theopolis’ Reed.

“The UEFI firmware parser is a simple module and set of scripts for parsing, extracting, and recreating UEFI firmware volumes. This includes parsing modules for BIOS, OptionROM, Intel ME and other formats. Features:
– UEFI Firmware Volumes, Capsules, FileSystems, Files, Sections parsing
– Intel PCH Flash Descriptors
– Intel ME modules parsing (for ARC5)
– Dell PFS (HDR) updates parsing
– Tiano/EFI, and native LZMA (7z) [de]compression
– Complete UEFI Firmware volume object heirarchy display
– Firmware descriptor [re]generation using the parsed input volumes
– Firmware File Section injection”

This package is actually three tools, not just one: is a UEFI Firmware Parser, which searches a file for UEFI firmware volumes, there are two other tools/scripts. is another tool, which outputs GUIDs for files, optionally write GUID structure file, and will import GUID labels into IDA. is the GUID Injector, which replaces GUIDs on sections within a UEFI firmware file, or on UEFI firmware files within a firmware filesystem.

The tools are written in Python. It requires Python development headers, GCC, and the Python pefile library. To install, use the normal:

$ sudo python ./ install


$ python ./scripts/ -h
usage: [-h] [–type {VARIOUS_TYPES}]
[-b] [-q] [-o OUTPUT] [-e] [-g GENERATE] [–test]
file [file …]
-h, –help            show this help message and exit
–type {VARIOUS_TYPES} Parse files as a specific firmware type.
-b, –brute           The input is a blob and may contain FV headers.
-q, –quiet           Do not show info.
-o OUTPUT, –output OUTPUT Dump EFI Files to this folder.
-e, –extract         Extract all files/sections/volumes.
-g GENERATE, –generate GENERATE Generate a FDF, implies extraction
–test                Test file parsing, output name/success.

$ python ./scripts/ -h
usage: [-h] [-c] [-b] [-d] [-g GENERATE] [-u] file
-h, –help            show this help message and exit
-c, –capsule         The input file is a firmware capsule, do not search.
-b, –brute           The input file is a blob, search for firmware volume headers.
-d, –flash           The input file is a flash descriptor.
-g GENERATE, –generate GENERATE  Generate a behemonth-style GUID output.
-u, –unknowns        When generating also print unknowns.

$ python ./scripts/ -h
usage: [-h] [-c] [-p] [-f] [–guid GUID] –injection INJECTION
-h, –help            show this help message and exit
-c, –capsule         The input file is a firmware capsule.
-p, –pfs             The input file is a Dell PFS.
-f, –ff              Inject payload into firmware file.
–guid GUID           GUID to replace (inject).
–injection INJECTION Pre-generated EFI file to inject.
-o OUTPUT, –output OUTPUT Name of the output file.

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