Cowrie alternatives

Looking for a better tool, or simply want to learn about alternatives? There is typically more than one option.

Alternatives (by tag)

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Alternative: Conpot

Conpot is an ICS honeypot to collect intelligence and information about attacks against industrial control systems. It is written in Python.

Project details

Conpot is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + More than 25 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • intrusion detection
  • learning

Conpot project page

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Alternative: Dionaea

Dionaea is a honeypot that can emulate a range of services like FTP, HTTP, MySQL, and SMB. It can be used to see and learn how attackers work.

Project details

Dionaea is written in C.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Full name of author is unknown

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

Dionaea project page

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Alternative: Dockpot

Dockpot uses Docker containers and HonSSH to create on-demand SSH honeypots. It forwards traffic for analysis and learning about attack patterns.

Project details

Dockpot is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No releases on GitHub available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

Dockpot project page

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Alternative: Glastopf

Glastopf is a honeypot for web applications. It is written in Python and collects all kind of attacks against it for further analysis.

Glastopf emulates vulnerabilities in a generic way. Instead of emulating specific vulnerabilities, it mimics being vulnerable for more attacks within that area (e.g. Remote File Inclusion). The tool is modular and allows to be extended with different logging capabilities.

This project is replaced by SNARE.

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Alternative: HoneyPi

HoneyPi is a tool to turn a Raspberry Pi into a honeypot. It can be used to learn about any network scanning activity and take actions.

Project details

HoneyPi is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • network analysis

HoneyPi project page

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Alternative: Honeyprint

A proof-of-concept honeypot to mimic a printer. May be used to detect attacks against printers and better understand the related risks or required defenses.

There is not much information available about this project, as it is a proof-of-concept on GitHub. It is written by Lukas Rist in 2013, and placed on GitHub early 2016.

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Alternative: HoneyPy

HoneyPy is a low interaction honeypot written in Python, yet has additional capabilities. Plugins can be created to emulate services that run on UDP or TCP.

The honeypot can be extended by plugins and customization is possible as well. This may increase the interaction level that the honeypot can support. All activity is logged to a file, with the option to post activity to Twitter or a web server.

Project details

HoneyPy is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • security monitoring

HoneyPy project page

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Alternative: HonSSH

HonSSH is a high-interaction SSH honeypot to collect information about attackers that target the SSH service.

Project details

HonSSH is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

HonSSH project page

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Alternative: HonTel

HonTel is a honeypot that emulates the telnet service within a chroot environment. It can be used to learn about enumeration activities or new attack methods.

Project details

HonTel is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • security monitoring

HonTel project page

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Alternative: Kippo

Kippo is a honeypot for SSH connections and written in Python. It can be used to learn about the scripts and attacks that are commonly used against SSH.

Project details

Kippo is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while
  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • intrusion detection
  • security monitoring

Kippo project page

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Alternative: Kojoney2

Kojoney2 is an SSH honeypot based on Kojoney by Jose Antonio Coret. It can be used to learn about threats by mimicking an SSH service.

Project details

Kojoney2 is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

Kojoney2 project page

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Alternative: mehrai

Mehrai is a honeypot written in Python to simulate telnet traffic. Like most honeypots, it captures information about the actions taken by the attackers.

Project details

mehrai is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • network security monitoring
  • security monitoring

mehrai project page

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Alternative: SNARE

SNARE is a reactive honeypot for security research, detecting attacks, and respond to possible flaws within your environment. It is the successor of Glastopf.

SNARE is an abbreviation for Super Next generation Advanced Reactive honEypot.

Project details

SNARE is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • security monitoring

SNARE project page

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Alternative: sshesame

The sshesame tool provides an SSH honeypot. It accepts connections and then logs any commands that are tried to be executed on the host system.

Project details

sshesame is written in Golang.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No releases on GitHub available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

sshesame project page

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Alternative: SSHHiPot

SSHHiPot is a high-interaction SSH honeypot. It captures connections and commands that are to be performed, for the purpose of learning about possible threats.

Project details

SSHHiPot is written in Golang.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

SSHHiPot project page

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Alternative: SSH Honeypot

SSH Honeypot is as the name implies a honeypot to emulate the SSH service. It can be used to learn about threats and commands used by attackers.

Project details

SSH Honeypot is written in C.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

SSH Honeypot project page

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Alternative: TANNER

TANNER is the 'brain' of the SNARE tool. It evaluates its events and alters the responses to incoming requests depending on the type of attacks.

TANNER and SNARE are used together to form one solution.

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Alternative: Thug

Thug is a low-interaction honeyclient to test for client-side attacks. It mimics a client application, like a web browser and sees if attack code is fired.

Project details

Thug is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • malware analysis
  • threat discovery

Thug project page

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Alternative: Fail2ban

Fail2Ban is an intrusion prevention software framework that protects computer servers from brute-force attacks

Project details

Fail2ban is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • network traffic filtering
  • security monitoring

Fail2ban project page

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Alternative: known_hosts_bruteforcer

The known_hosts_bruteforce is a script to discover hostnames from the known_hosts file. This can be useful during penetration testing or incident response.

Project details

known_hosts_bruteforcer is written in Perl.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while

Typical usage

  • digital forensics
  • penetration test

known_hosts_bruteforcer project page

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Alternative: OpenSSH

OpenSSH is the much-used connectivity tool for remote administration. It uses the SSH protocol and encrypts all traffic to eliminate attacks like eavesdropping.

OpenSSH is a much-used connectivity tool for remote administration of Linux systems. It uses the SSH protocol and encrypts all traffic to eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other related attacks.

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Alternative: ssh-audit

The ssh-audit tool helps to perform a security assessment of SSH servers and their configuration. It can be used for security testing and penetration tests.

Project details

ssh-audit is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application security
  • penetration test
  • security assessment

ssh-audit project page

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Alternative: ssh_scan

The ssh_scan utility is a SSH configuration and policy scanner maintained by the Mozilla Foundation. It helps to secure Linux systems running the OpenSSH.

This tool is light on its dependencies, as it only uses Ruby and BinData. The scanner is simple to use, as it is limited in the number of parameters and options. There is also the ability to show the results on the screen or export the data to a JSON file. The latter is great if you want to do further processing of the details, or simply store them for later comparison.

Project details

ssh_scan is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • system hardening
  • vulnerability scanning

ssh_scan project page

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Alternative: SSHsec

SSHsec scans a system running the SSH protocol and retrieves its configuration, host keys, and Diffie-Hellman groups.

Project details

SSHsec is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • penetration test
  • security assessment

SSHsec project page