Tools compared: Lynis VS YASAT

Finding the right tool for the job can be difficult task. This sheet compares Lynis and YASAT.


Lynis is a security auditing tool for systems running Linux, macOS, or Unix. It can be used for security assessments and configuration audits.

YASAT describes itself as another simple stupid audit tool to test Linux systems. It has many tests for checking the security configuration of the system.

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Lynis is an open source security auditing tool that is available since 2007 and created by Michael Boelen. Its primary goal is to evaluate the security defenses of systems running Linux or other flavors of Unix. It provides suggestions to install, configure, or correct any security measures.

The YASAT tool performs a system scan to detect configuration issues and possible improvements for hardening the system.

StrenghtsCommercial support available, More than 50 contributors, More than 4000 GitHub stars, Used language is shell script, Very low number of dependencies, Project is mature (5+ years), The source code of this software is availableUsed language is shell script
WeaknessesNo updates for a while
Programming language(s)shell scriptshell script
Last release

2.6.3 (2018-03-07)

848 (2016-08-30)

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