Browser Bookmark Discovery

Adversaries may enumerate browser bookmarks to learn more about compromised hosts. Browser bookmarks may reveal personal information about users (ex: banking sites, interests, social media, etc.) as well as details about internal network resources such as servers, tools/dashboards, or other related infrastructure.

Browser bookmarks may also highlight additional targets after an adversary has access to valid credentials, especially Credentials in Files associated with logins cached by a browser.

Specific storage locations vary based on platform and/or application, but browser bookmarks are typically stored in local files/databases.

ID: T1217

Tactic: Discovery

Platform:  Linux, Windows, macOS

Permissions Required:  User

Data Sources:  API monitoring, File monitoring, Process command-line parameters, Process monitoring

Contributors:  Mike Kemmerer

Version: 1.0



Calisto collects information on bookmarks from Google Chrome.[1]


Empire has the ability to gather browser data such as bookmarks and visited sites.[2]


MobileOrder has a command to upload to its C2 server victim browser bookmarks.[3]


File system activity is a common part of an operating system, so it is unlikely that mitigation would be appropriate for this technique. For example, mitigating accesses to browser bookmark files will likely have unintended side effects such as preventing legitimate software from operating properly. Efforts should be focused on preventing adversary tools from running earlier in the chain of activity and on identification of subsequent malicious behavior. It may still be beneficial to identify and block unnecessary system utilities or potentially malicious software by using whitelisting [4] tools, like AppLocker, [5] [6] or Software Restriction Policies [7] where appropriate. [8]


Monitor processes and command-line arguments for actions that could be taken to gather browser bookmark information. Remote access tools with built-in features may interact directly using APIs to gather information. Information may also be acquired through system management tools such as Windows Management Instrumentation and PowerShell.

System and network discovery techniques normally occur throughout an operation as an adversary learns the environment. Data and events should not be viewed in isolation, but as part of a chain of behavior that could lead to other activities, such as Collection and Exfiltration, based on the information obtained.