BDA alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace BDA? During the review of BDA 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. arch-audit (detection of vulnerable packages on Arch Linux)
  2. Archery (vulnerability assessment and management)
  3. Bash Scanner (vulnerable package detection for Linux)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to BDA.

Alternatives (by score)

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arch-audit

Introduction

Arch-audit is a small utility that scans the system for known vulnerabilities on Arch Linux. It can be used by users of the Linux distribution to know when to update and what packages have weaknesses. With Arch Linux being a rolling distribution, this may improve the interval or timing of software patching.

Project details

arch-audit is written in Rust.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Software management
    • Vulnerability scanning

    arch-audit 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

      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

        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

          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

            78

            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

              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

              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

                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

                    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

                    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

                      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

                        85

                        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

                          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

                          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

                            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

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