Dismember | Scan Memory For Secrets And More

:hocho: Dismember

Dismember is a command-line toolkit for Linux that can be used to scan the memory of all processes (or particular ones) for common secrets and custom regular expressions, among other things.

It will eventually become a full /proc toolkit.

A gif showing dismember finding credentials from the memory of a browser

Using the grep command, it can match a regular expression across all memory for all (accessible) processes. This could be used to find sensitive data in memory, identify a process by something included in its memory, or to interrogate a processes’ memory for interesting information.

There are many built-in patterns included via the scan command, which effectively works as a secret scanner against the memory on your machine.

Dismember can be used to search memory of all processes it has access to, so running it as root is the most effective method.

Commands are also included to list processes, explore process status and related information, draw process trees, and more…

Main Commands

Command Description
grep Search process memory for a given string or regex
scan Search process memory for a set of predefined secret patterns

Utility Commands

Command Description
files Show a list of files being accessed by a process
find Find a PID given a process name. If multiple processes match, the first one is returned.
info Show information about a process
kernel Show information about the kernel
kill Kill a process (or processes) using SIGKILL
list List all processes currently available on the system
resume Resume a suspended process using SIGCONT
suspend Suspend a process using SIGSTOP (use ‘dismember resume’ to leave suspension)
tree Show a tree diagram of a process and all children (defaults to PID 1).


Grab a binary from the latest release and add it to your path.

Usage Examples

Search for a pattern in a process by PID

search memory owned by process 1234 dismember grep -p 1234 ‘the password is .*’

Search for a pattern in a process by name

search memory owned by processes named “nginx” for a login form submission dismember grep -n nginx ‘username=liamg&password=.*’

Search for a pattern across all processes

find a github api token across all processes dismember grep ‘gh[pousr]_[0-9a-zA-Z]{36}’

Search for secrets in memory across all processes

search all accessible memory for common secrets dismember scan


Isn’t this information all just sitting in /proc?

Pretty much. Dismember just reads and presents it for the most part. If you can get away with grep whatever /proc/[pid]/blah then go for it! I built this as an educational experience because I couldn’t sleep one night and stayed up late reading the proc man-pages (I live an extremely rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle). It’s not a replacement for existing tools, but perhaps it can complement them.

Do you know how horrific some of these commands seem when read out of context?