Anchore Engine alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Anchore Engine? During the review of Anchore Engine we looked at other open source tools. Based on their category, tags, and text, these are the ones that have the best match.

Top 3

  1. Dagda (vulnerability scanner for Docker containers)
  2. bane (AppArmor profile generator)
  3. Lynis (security scanner and compliance auditing tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Anchore Engine.

Alternatives (by score)

60

Dagda

Introduction

The main reasons to use Dagda is the detection of vulnerable or malicious components within your containerized environment.

Project details

Dagda is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Malware detection
    • Malware scanning
    • Vulnerability management
    • Vulnerability scanning

    Dagda review

    60

    bane

    Introduction

    Bane is a tool to create AppArmor profiles. This helps to secure applications by setting restrictions on resources they access or modify. A strict policy may help to prevent privilege escalation attacks.

    Project details

    bane is written in Golang.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 500 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Application security
      • Security monitoring
      • System hardening

      bane review

      100

      Lynis

      Introduction

      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.

      Project details

      Lynis is written in shell script.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code is easy to read and understand
      • + More than 100 contributors
      • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
      • + Tool is easy to use
      • + Available as package (simplified installation)
      • + Commercial support available
      • + Used language is shell script
      • + Very low number of dependencies
      • + Project is mature (10+ years)
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • IT audit
        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment
        • System hardening
        • Vulnerability scanning

        Lynis review

        68

        Docker Bench (by Aqua)

        Introduction

        Docker Bench is one of the tools that can be used to perform a security analysis on Docker and its configuration. It can find common configuration flaws that may impose risks to other containers or the host itself.

        Project details

        Docker Bench (by Aqua) is written in Golang.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - No releases on GitHub available

        Typical usage

        • Configuration audit

        Docker Bench (by Aqua) review

        60

        Docker Bench for Security

        Introduction

        Docker Bench for Security is a small security scanner to perform several tests that are part of the Docker CIS benchmark.

        Project details

        Docker Bench for Security is written in shell script.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 25 contributors
        • + Screen output is colored
        • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Application security
          • Configuration audit
          • Security assessment

          Docker Bench for Security review

          89

          OpenSCAP

          Introduction

          The OpenSCAP project provides a wide variety of hardening guides, configuration baselines, and tools to test for vulnerabilities and configuration issues. It uses SCAP as the protocol to store the underlying data.

          Project details

          OpenSCAP is written in C.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 25 contributors
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • + Supported by a large company

            Typical usage

            • Security assessment
            • Vulnerability scanning

            OpenSCAP review

            78

            Clair

            Introduction

            The tool has been created by CoreOS and can scan containers of different formats. It analyzes them and determines available security weaknesses in the container.

            Project details

            Clair is written in Golang.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Security assessment
              • Vulnerability scanning

              Clair review

              64

              DFWFW (Docker Firewall Framework)

              Introduction

              DFWFW, short of Docker Firewall Framework, offers easy administration of the iptables rules of Docker containers. It updates using event streams.

              Project details

              DFWFW is written in Perl.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available
              • - Full name of author is unknown

              Typical usage

              • Firewall management

              DFWFW review

              64

              Dockerscan

              Introduction

              Dockerscan is a Docker toolkit for security analysis which includes attacking tools. It is more focused on side of the offensive than defensive.

              Project details

              Dockerscan is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 500 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Information gathering
                • Security assessment
                • Vulnerability scanning

                Dockerscan review

                70

                subuser

                Introduction

                A tool like subuser can useful to test software from untrusted sources.

                Project details

                subuser is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 10 contributors
                • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Software testing

                  subuser review

                  100

                  Archery

                  Introduction

                  Archery is a tool that helps to collect data about vulnerabilities within an environment. Instead of focusing on the actual scanning, it allows managing findings in a web-based interface. This includes options like reporting, searching, and dashboards. It can interact with other tools, including the well-known vulnerability scanners.

                  Project details

                  Archery is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Vulnerability management
                    • Vulnerability scanning
                    • Vulnerability testing

                    Archery review

                    64

                    AutoNessus (autonessus)

                    Introduction

                    This tool is useful to time scans, for example by having it run outside of business hours, and stop when the day starts.

                    Note: originally another tool was named AutoNessus. That is now Seccubus.

                    Project details

                    AutoNessus is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - No releases on GitHub available

                    Typical usage

                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    AutoNessus review

                    64

                    CMSeeK

                    Introduction

                    CMSeeK is a security scanner for content management systems (CMS). It can perform a wide range of functions starting from the detection of the CMS, up to vulnerability scanning. The tool claims to support over 100 different CMS tools, with extensive support for the commonly used ones like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.

                    The scans performed by CMSeeK include version detection. It can also do enumeration of users, plugins, and themes. This might be useful to see what users or components are available. The tool includes admin page discovery, file discovery, and directory listing. Anything that might be useful to a penetration test or security assessment, might be displayed.

                    Project details

                    CMSeeK is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Full name of author is unknown

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Software exploitation
                    • Software identification
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    CMSeeK review

                    64

                    Damn Small FI Scanner (DSFS)

                    Introduction

                    None

                    Project details

                    Damn Small FI Scanner is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Security assessment
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      Damn Small FI Scanner review

                      64

                      Damn Small JS Scanner (DSJS)

                      Introduction

                      None

                      Project details

                      Damn Small JS Scanner is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Penetration testing
                        • Security assessment

                        Damn Small JS Scanner review

                        60

                        Jackhammer

                        Introduction

                        The tool uses RBAC (Role Based Access Control) with different levels of access. Jackhammer uses several tools to do dynamic and static code analysis (e.g. for Java, Ruby, Python, and Nodejs). It checks also for vulnerabilities in libraries. Due to its modular architecture, it can use several scanners out of the box, with options to add your own.

                        The Jackhammer project was initially added to GitHub on the 8th of May, 2017.

                        Project details

                        Jackhammer is written in Ruby.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Collaboration
                          • Information sharing

                          Jackhammer review

                          78

                          JoomScan

                          Introduction

                          JoomScan could be used to test your Joomla installation or during security assessments. As it has a primary focus on Joomla, it may provide better results than generic vulnerability scanners.

                          Project details

                          JoomScan is written in Perl.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Vulnerability scanning
                            • Vulnerability testing

                            JoomScan review

                            64

                            LFI Suite

                            Introduction

                            This tool is a useful addition to the pentesting toolbox of security professionals. It can help discover and exploit any local file inclusion weakness in applications. Upon success, a reverse shell can be used to get access to the system.

                            Project details

                            LFI Suite is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available
                            • - Full name of author is unknown

                            Typical usage

                            • Penetration testing
                            • Web application analysis

                            LFI Suite review

                            74

                            Nikto

                            Introduction

                            Nikto helps with performing security scans against web servers and to search for vulnerabilities in web applications.

                            Project details

                            Nikto is written in Perl.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available
                            • + Well-known tool

                              Typical usage

                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment
                              • Web application analysis

                              Nikto review

                              78

                              Nmap

                              Introduction

                              Nmap is short for "Network Mapper". It is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. It was release in September of 1997 by Gordon Lyon, commonly known under his pseudonym "Fyodor".

                              Project details

                              Nmap is written in C, C++, Lua, Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                              • + The source code of this software is available
                              • + Well-known author
                              • + Well-known tool
                              • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

                              Typical usage

                              • Network scanning
                              • Vulnerability scanning

                              Nmap review

                              97

                              OpenVAS

                              Introduction

                              OpenVAS is an open source vulnerability scanner that emerged from when Nessus became closed source in October of 2005.

                              Project details

                              OpenVAS is written in C.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available
                              • + Well-known tool

                                Typical usage

                                • Penetration testing
                                • Security assessment
                                • Vulnerability scanning

                                OpenVAS review

                                89

                                Safety

                                Introduction

                                When having applications deployed in your environment, not all of those may be installed via a package manager. When your infrastructure grows, it becomes even harder to know which tools are properly patched and which ones are not. For Python applications, this is where Safety comes in that can help scan installed software components via pip. It will also look at any of the dependencies that are installed.

                                Project details

                                Safety is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + More than 10 contributors
                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Security assessment
                                  • Security monitoring
                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  Safety review

                                  74

                                  Seccubus

                                  Introduction

                                  Supported engines and tools:

                                  • Nessus
                                  • OpenVAS
                                  • Nmap
                                  • Nikto
                                  • Medusa
                                  • Qualys SSL labs
                                  • SkipFish
                                  • SSLyze
                                  • testssl.sh
                                  • ZAP

                                  Project details

                                  64

                                  Tulpar

                                  Introduction

                                  Tulpar is a vulnerability scanner that can be used to test new or existing web applications. In the former case, it could be helpful to test a new project before it is deployed into production. This could be done by the developer or a security professional. If some web application is already in production, then it might be a good tool to perform regular testing on known vulnerabilities. In this case, it is typically a pentester or security specialist that does the testing.

                                  Project details

                                  Tulpar is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + The source code of this software is available
                                  • - Minimal or no documentation available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Application security
                                  • Application testing
                                  • Web application analysis

                                  Tulpar review

                                  64

                                  VScan

                                  Introduction

                                  Vscan is a security tool to perform vulnerability scanning with Nmap. It leverages NSE scripts to provide some flexibility in terms of vulnerability detection and exploitation.

                                  Project details

                                  VScan is written in shell script.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + The source code of this software is available

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Backdoor detection
                                    • Vulnerability scanning

                                    VScan review

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