Assimilator alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Assimilator? During the review of Assimilator 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. DFWFW (firewall management for iptables with Docker)
  2. FireHOL (firewall config creator and manager)
  3. Douane (application firewall)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Assimilator.

Alternatives (by score)

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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

74

FireHOL

Introduction

FireHOL is promoted as an iptables stateful packet filtering firewall for humans. It also comes with FireQOS, which a bandwidth shaper based on tc.

Project details

FireHOL is written in shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Firewall management
    • Network traffic filtering

    FireHOL review

    81

    Douane

    Introduction

    Douane is an application firewall that blocks unknown or unwanted traffic. It provides a more fine-grained filtering as it looks at the combination of application and used network ports. This is useful when allowing common browse traffic on port 80 and 443. Instead of all applications being able to use this port, only the ones that are granted access will be able to do so. When a new connection is not trusted yet, Douane will ask to allow or deny the traffic stream.

    Project details

    Douane is written in C, C++, GTK+.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Network traffic filtering

      Douane review

      67

      iptables

      Introduction

      The iptables tool is the userspace command line program part of the netfilter project. Since Linux 2.4 it is the standard packet filtering engine. Among standard traffic filtering, it can be used for Network Address Translation (NAT).

      Project details

      iptables is written in C.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Network traffic filtering

        iptables review

        56

        0trace.py

        Introduction

        This security tool enables the user to perform hop enumeration (similar to traceroute). Instead of sending actual packets, it uses an established TCP connection.

        Project details

        0trace.py is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + Project is mature (10+ years)
        • - Unknown project license

        Typical usage

        • Bypassing firewall rules
        • Bypassing security measures
        • Reconnaissance

        0trace.py review

        63

        360-FAAR

        Introduction

        360-FAAR is a tool written in Perl to parse policies and logs from firewalls. It can compare firewall policies and translate between a policy and log data. Supported firewalls include Checkpoint FW1, Cisco ASA, and Netscreen ScreenOS.

        Project details

        360-FAAR is written in Perl.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + Project is mature (5+ years)
        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Firewall auditing
          • Log analysis
          • Security assessment
          • Security reviews

          360-FAAR review

          68

          Chiron

          Introduction

          Chiron is a security assessment framework for IPv6. It provides several modules including an IPv6 scanner, IPv6 Local Link, IPv4-to-IPv6 proxy, IPv6 attack module, and IPv6 proxy. These modules help to perform an assessment, like a penetration test.

          The tool uses IPv6 extension headers to create a headers chain. This may allow evading security devices like IDS, IPS, and firewalls. Due to the flexibility of the framework, the tool can also be used to perform fuzzing of the IPv6 stack of a device.

          Project details

          Chiron is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Network analysis
          • Network scanning
          • Network security monitoring

          Chiron review

          56

          FireAway

          Introduction

          FireAway is a security tool to test the security of a firewall by trying to bypass its rules. It will use different methods to hide data or avoid detection by the firewall itself. This tool can be used for both defensive as offensive security.

          Project details

          FireAway is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Bypassing firewall rules
          • Firewall auditing
          • Network traffic filtering
          • Penetration testing

          FireAway review

          67

          Knock

          Introduction

          Knock implements the principle of port knocking. It does so by using libpcap to sniff network traffic on interfaces and then use that to see if it matches a predefined sequence of steps.

          Project details

          Knock is written in C.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + Project is mature (10+ years)
          • - No updates for a while

          Knock review

          56

          LPFW (LeoPard FloWer)

          Introduction

          LPFW is the abbreviation for LeoPard FloWer and is an application firewall for Linux.

          Project details

          LPFW is written in C++, Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available
          • - Unknown project license

          Typical usage

          • Network traffic filtering

          LPFW review

          67

          nftables

          Introduction

          nftables is supposed to replace netfilter as the primary interface of network filtering. It is available since Linux kernel 3.13. Both netfilter and nftables have been co-authored by Patrick McHardy.

          Project details

          nftables is written in C.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Network traffic filtering

            nftables review

            78

            OpenSnitch

            Introduction

            OpenSnitch is a tool based on Little Snitch, a macOS application level firewall. All outgoing connections are monitored and the user is alerted when a new outgoing connection occurs. This allows the user to detect and block any unwanted connections.

            Project details

            OpenSnitch is written in Golang.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - No releases on GitHub available

            Typical usage

            • Network traffic filtering

            OpenSnitch review

            60

            opensvp

            Introduction

            Tools like opensvp can be used to test the strength of a configuration from the outside. It makes it a good tool for penetration testing and security assessments. While people may feel safe to have a firewall in place, it might be unknowingly vulnerable to several attacks on protocol level. This tool helps with finding these weaknesses.

            Project details

            opensvp is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Application testing
              • Defense testing
              • Penetration testing
              • Security assessment

              opensvp review

              64

              Anti-DDOS

              Introduction

              This script could be useful for system and network administrators that want to learn about better defending the network against lots of network packets. The Linux kernel has a default configuration that is optimized for performance. To further secure it, changes need to be made to these kernel settings. The Anti-DDoS tool will help with setting up the configuration.

              Project details

              Anti-DDOS is written in shell script.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + Very low number of dependencies
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • - No releases on GitHub available

              Typical usage

              • DDoS protection
              • Network traffic filtering

              Anti-DDOS review

              68

              pyknock

              Introduction

              Port knocking tools typically hide services from the outside world by requesting a 'secret'. This secret is like a special way of knocking on a door, to let others know you can be trusted. It does not replace a password or other method of authentication, yet adds another layer to it.

              Project details

              pyknock is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Network traffic filtering
              • System hardening

              pyknock review

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