Buttercup for desktop alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Buttercup for desktop? During the review of Buttercup for desktop 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. TeamVault (team-based password manager)
  2. BlackBox (store secrets in Git/Mercurial/Subversion)
  3. pick (password manager)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Buttercup for desktop.

Alternatives (by score)

64

TeamVault

Introduction

Storing passwords within a team security can be a challenging task. TeamVault is a password manager with the goal to be easy to use, flexible, and adhering to several security principles. These include a solid base for the data encryption, support for folders, and role-based access control (RBAC).

Project details

TeamVault is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

Typical usage

  • Password management
  • Secrets management

TeamVault review

84

BlackBox

Introduction

Typically you do not want to store any secrets in a software repository or version control system repository. However when there is still a need to give people access to sensitive parts, then BlackBox helps to do this in a more secure way.

Project details

BlackBox is written in shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Password management
    • Secure storage

    BlackBox review

    89

    pick

    Introduction

    Tools like pick are used to store passwords and secrets safely.

    Project details

    pick is written in Golang.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + Very low number of dependencies
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Data security
      • Secure storage

      pick review

      97

      Vault

      Introduction

      Vault is a secret management tool created by HashiCorp. It allows storing secrets, such as key/value pairs, AWS IAM/STS credentials, SQL/NoSQL databases, X.509 certificates, SSH credentials, and other sensitive details. These secrets are typically used by software components and scripts. The benefit of using a secret management tool is that they no longer need to be stored in configuration files. Main features include leasing, key revocation, key rolling, and auditing.

      Project details

      Vault is written in Golang.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 500 contributors
      • + More than 9000 stars
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Password management
        • Secrets management
        • Secure storage

        Vault review

        100

        KeeWeb

        Introduction

        Password managers help to store sensitive data. This may include passwords, secret questions with their answers, or other private information.

        Project details

        KeeWeb is written in JavaScript.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 25 contributors
        • + More than 6000 GitHub stars
        • + Many releases available
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - Full name of author is unknown

        Typical usage

        • Password management

        KeeWeb review

        63

        KeePassX

        Introduction

        The database is encrypted with AES (alias Rijndael) or Twofish encryption algorithm using a 256-bit key. KeePassX uses a database format that is compatible with KeePass Password Safe.

        Project details

        KeePassX is written in C++.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Secure storage

        KeePassX review

        48

        pass (password-store)

        Introduction

        The pass utility is also known as password-store. It uses GPG and Unix directories to store passwords and others secrets.

        Project details

        97

        Confidant

        Introduction

        Most applications with a connection to a database or other software component, need some form of authentication. Often the related credentials are stored in a configuration file. A secret manager like Confidant will provide an alternative, by storing the details in a database. Only applications that need to access the secrets are allowed to obtain them. Often system administrators are denied access to them.

        Project details

        Confidant is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • + Supported by a large company

          Typical usage

          • Secrets management
          • Secure storage

          Confidant review

          97

          KeePassXC

          Introduction

          KeePassXC is a cross-platform platform to store sensitive data like passwords, keys, and other secrets. It has a graphical user interface and is written in C++.

          Project details

          KeePassXC is written in C++.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 50 contributors
          • + Runs on multiple platforms
          • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Password management
            • Secure storage

            KeePassXC review

            84

            LaZagne

            Introduction

            The LaZagne tool can be a good addition to the toolkit of pentesters or forensic specialists to recover sensitive details from systems. For a pentester, this typically means that limited access has been gained. By trying to find passwords from local applications, the step to other applications or privilege level might be possible. For example, a password that is shared among multiple services, or even finding an administrator password.

            Project details

            LaZagne is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 10 contributors
            • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Data extraction
              • Information gathering
              • Password discovery
              • Password recovery

              LaZagne review

              60

              Passmgr

              Introduction

              Passmgr is a simple portable password manager written in Go. It helps with storing secrets, like passwords and API keys.

              Project details

              60

              pass-rotate

              Introduction

              This tool makes it easier to rotate your passwords one at a time or in bulk. For example, when security events or as a routine to do a regular rotation of passwords.

              Project details

              pass-rotate is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Password management

                pass-rotate review

                64

                Aletheia

                Introduction

                Aletheia is a project to manage secrets in Google Cloud with CloudKMS and Cloud Storage. It can be used to store sensitive data like authentication details.

                Project details

                Aletheia is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - Minimal or no documentation available
                • - No releases on GitHub available

                Typical usage

                • Data security
                • Secure storage

                Aletheia review

                100

                hashcat

                Introduction

                Hashcat can be used to discover lost passwords, or as part of a security assignment. For example, it could be trying to crack a password from a password file that was obtained during a penetration test.

                Project details

                hashcat is written in C.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 25 contributors
                • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • + Well-known tool

                  Typical usage

                  • Password discovery

                  hashcat review

                  56

                  John the Ripper

                  Introduction

                  John the Ripper is a mature password cracker to find weak or known passwords. It works on Linux and other flavors of Unix and Microsoft Windows.

                  Project details

                  64

                  mimipenguin

                  Introduction

                  The tool requires root permissions to work.

                  Project details

                  mimipenguin is written in Python, shell script.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • - No releases on GitHub available
                  • - Full name of author is unknown

                  Typical usage

                  • Information gathering
                  • Security assessment

                  mimipenguin review

                  64

                  mimipy

                  Introduction

                  The mimipy tool is based on the work of mimipenguin and ported to Python. It can extract passwords from memory or overwrite them to prevent capture.

                  Project details

                  mimipy is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Data extraction
                    • Information gathering
                    • Security assessment

                    mimipy review

                    60

                    not24get

                    Introduction

                    API: pwdCheckModule object in ppolicy.
                    Executable: "check password script" in Samba suite (not24get_check)

                    This module is a wrapper around libpasswdqc, the library that powers the pam_passwdqc module.

                    Project details

                    not24get is written in C.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Password strength testing

                      not24get review

                      60

                      PassGen

                      Introduction

                      PassGen is a tool to help with password dictionary attacks to guess a password. It does not perform the attack but creates the related database.

                      Project details

                      PassGen is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Password discovery
                        • Password strength testing
                        • Security assessment

                        PassGen review

                        100

                        THC Hydra (thc-hydra)

                        Introduction

                        THC Hydra is a brute-force cracking tool for remote authentication services. It supports many protocols, including telnet, FTP, LDAP, SSH, SNMP, and others.

                        Project details

                        THC Hydra is written in C.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 25 contributors
                        • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                        • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Penetration testing
                          • Security assessment

                          THC Hydra review

                          68

                          Gitrob

                          Introduction

                          Especially open source developers may share their code in a public repository like GitHub. This is a great way to collaborate between the developer(s) and the community. The risk of sharing code is that sensitive data is part of the repository and uploaded by accident. GitRob helps to detect this kind of accidental leaks.

                          Project details

                          Gitrob is written in Ruby.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Data leak prevention
                            • Information gathering
                            • Penetration testing
                            • Security assessment

                            Gitrob review

                            74

                            git-crypt

                            Introduction

                            This tools allows you to store your secrets (such as keys or passwords) in the same repository as your code.

                            Project details

                            git-crypt is written in C++.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + More than 10 contributors
                            • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Data encryption

                              git-crypt review

                              84

                              git-secrets

                              Introduction

                              You would most likely use git-secrets in development teams or as an individual developer. The primary goal is to prevent accidentally submitting authentication details or otherwise sensitive information to your software repositories.

                              Project details

                              git-secrets is written in shell script.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Data leak prevention
                                • Information leak prevention

                                git-secrets review

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