arch-audit alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace arch-audit? During the review of arch-audit 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. OpenVAS (vulnerability scanner)
  2. w3af (web application attack and audit framework)
  3. Archery (vulnerability assessment and management)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to arch-audit.

Alternatives (by score)

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

    64

    w3af

    Introduction

    W3af is an open source web application attack and audit framework and helps in scanning for vulnerabilities. The tool comes with both a graphical user interface (GUI) and command line utility. Some of the project files include a copyright line of 2006. That gives a good idea on the maturity of the project, and it is one of the rare tools that is still maintained after so many years.

    Project details

    w3af is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + Tool is modular and extendable
    • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Application security
      • Application testing
      • Penetration testing
      • Vulnerability scanning
      • Web application analysis

      w3af 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

        76

        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

          85

          Intrigue Core

          Introduction

          Intrigue Core provides a framework to measure the attack surface of an environment. This includes discovering infrastructure and applications, performing security research, and doing vulnerability discovery.

          Intrigue also allows enriching available data and perform OSINT research (open source intelligence). The related scans include DNS subdomain brute-forcing, email harvesting, IP geolocation, port scanning, and using public search engines like Censys, Shodan, and Bing.

          Project details

          Intrigue Core is written in Ruby.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Asset discovery
            • Attack surface measurement
            • Intelligence gathering
            • OSINT research
            • Penetration testing
            • Security assessment

            Intrigue Core 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

            • + More than 50 contributors
            • + Commercial support available
            • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
            • + 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

              96

              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

                64

                salt-scanner

                Introduction

                Salt-scanner is Linux vulnerability scanner based on Salt Open and Vulners audit API. It has Slack notifications and JIRA integration.

                Project details

                salt-scanner is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment
                • Vulnerability scanning

                salt-scanner 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

                  93

                  Vuls

                  Introduction

                  Vuls is a vulnerability scanner for Linux and FreeBSD. It is written in Go, agentless, and can use a remote login to find any software vulnerabilities. It has multiple levels of scanning, from a fast scan up to a deep scan with extensive analysis.

                  Project details

                  Vuls is written in Golang.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 50 contributors
                  • + More than 5000 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • System hardening
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    Vuls review

                    60

                    Bash Scanner

                    Introduction

                    Bash Scanner is a security tool that does a quick scan to see if there are vulnerable packages. It uses an external service to validate.

                    Project details

                    Bash Scanner is written in shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + Used language is shell script
                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Security assessment
                      • Security monitoring

                      Bash Scanner review

                      85

                      BDA (Big Data Audit)

                      Introduction

                      BDA is a vulnerability scanner for big data tools like Hadoop and Spark. It searches for configuration weaknesses and reports them. Hadoop and Spark are one of the few applications that encounter a lot of data. So by securing these applications, a big leap can be made as it covers a lot of data.

                      Project details

                      BDA is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Application testing
                        • Vulnerability scanning
                        • Vulnerability testing

                        BDA review

                        68

                        flunym0us

                        Introduction

                        Flunym0us is a security scanner for WordPress and Moodle installations. The tool tests the security of the installation by performing enumeration attempts.

                        Project details

                        flunym0us is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Vulnerability scanning
                          • Web application analysis

                          flunym0us review

                          64

                          JexBoss

                          Introduction

                          JexBoss is a security tool to verify and exploit vulnerabilities in JBoss applications. It can be used for security assignments and pentests.

                          Project details

                          JexBoss is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Application security
                          • Application testing
                          • Penetration testing
                          • Vulnerability scanning

                          JexBoss 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

                          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

                          Vane

                          Introduction

                          Vane is a forked project of the now non-free popular WordPress vulnerability scanner WPScan.

                          Project details

                          Vane is written in Ruby.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + More than 25 contributors
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Application security
                            • Web application analysis

                            Vane review

                            78

                            vulscan

                            Introduction

                            Vulscan is a vulnerability scanner which uses the well-known Nmap tool. By enhancing it with offline data from VulDB, it allows for detecting vulnerabilities. The database itself based on information from multiple sources.

                            Project details

                            vulscan is written in Lua.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                            Typical usage

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

                            vulscan review

                            59

                            Wapiti

                            Introduction

                            Wapiti is typically used to audit web applications.

                            Project details

                            Wapiti is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Application fuzzing
                              • Vulnerability scanning
                              • Web application analysis

                              Wapiti review

                              60

                              Whitewidow

                              Introduction

                              Whitewidow is a security tool to perform automated SQL vulnerability scans. It can be used during penetration tests or for security assessments.

                              Project details

                              Whitewidow is written in Ruby.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Application security
                                • Penetration testing
                                • Vulnerability scanning

                                Whitewidow review

                                64

                                Yasuo

                                Introduction

                                Yasuo is a Ruby script that scans for vulnerable and exploitable third-party web applications. There are many remotely exploitable vulnerabilities for web applications and their front-end components. Yasuo helps to make it easier to scan for the weaknesses like remote code execution (RCE), SQL injections, and file inclusions.

                                Project details

                                Yasuo is written in Ruby.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Vulnerability scanning
                                  • Web application analysis

                                  Yasuo review

                                  88

                                  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

                                  72

                                  blackman

                                  Introduction

                                  Blackman is a tool for the BlackArch Linux distribution to install packages. It is similar to Emerge, the package manager that builds from sources.

                                  Project details

                                  blackman is written in shell script.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + Used language is shell script
                                  • + The source code of this software is available
                                  • - Unknown project license

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Penetration testing

                                  blackman review

                                  44

                                  Pacman

                                  Introduction

                                  Pacman is the default package manager for Arch Linux. The main differences with other package managers include the focus on a binary package format and the underlying build system for software. Its goal is to keep the system up-to-date, especially as Arch Linux is considered to be a 'rolling release'. By using a server/client model it synchronizes package lists and allows the user to install the latest available packages.

                                  Project details

                                  Pacman is written in C.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                                  • + The source code of this software is available

                                    Pacman review

                                    100

                                    PTF (The PenTesters Framework)

                                    Introduction

                                    PTF or the PenTesters Framework is a Python script to keep your penetration testing toolkit up-to-date. It is designed for distributions running Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, or related clones. PTF will do the retrieval, compilation, and installation of the tools that you use. As it is a modular framework, you can use many of the common pentesting tools or add your own tools.

                                    Project details

                                    PTF is written in Python.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + More than 50 contributors
                                    • + Tool is easy to use
                                    • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                                    • + The source code of this software is available

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Penetration testing
                                      • Security assessment
                                      • Software management
                                      • Software testing

                                      PTF review

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