LSE toolsLSE toolscipherscan (273)cipherscan (273)

Tool and Usage

Project details

MPL 2.0
Programming languages
Python, shell script
Julien Vehent
Latest release
No release found
Latest release date

Project health

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Why this tool?

The tool is of great assistance to quickly perform a security audit and may be used during penetrating testing, or guiding system administrator for system hardening.

How it works

Cipherscan is a wrapper around the OpenSSL s_client command line utility. Therefore it requires preferably one of the later OpenSSL versions, to properly test the capabilities of a target.

Usage and audience

cipherscan is commonly used for information gathering, security assessment, system hardening, or web application analysis. Target users for this tool are auditors, pentesters, security professionals, and system administrators.


  • Can run non-privileged (as normal user)
  • Command line interface
  • Installation of tool is optional
  • JSON output supported

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + Screen output is colored
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
  • + Very low number of dependencies
  • + Supported by a large company

Author and Maintainers

Cipherscan is under development by Julien Vehent and maintained by Mozilla Foundation. This project is currently maintained by Hubert Kario.


Supported operating systems

Cipherscan is known to work on Linux.

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Related tool information


This tool is categorized as a SSL/TLS scanner and cipher scan tool.