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. Vault (storage of secrets)
  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

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

    74

    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

      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

      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

      60

      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

        74

        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

            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

              60

              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

                  60

                  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

                    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

                    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

                        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

                          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

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