Crowbar alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Crowbar? During the review of Crowbar 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. known_hosts_bruteforcer (brute force SSH known_hosts file)
  2. PassGen (password dictionary attack tool)
  3. acccheck (SMB password guessing and dictionary attack tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Crowbar.

Alternatives (by score)

74

known_hosts_bruteforcer

Introduction

This utility is useful when you obtained a known_hosts file, but can't decipher the hashed hostnames from it.

Project details

known_hosts_bruteforcer is written in Perl.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available
  • - No updates for a while

Typical usage

  • Digital forensics
  • Penetration testing

known_hosts_bruteforcer 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

    56

    acccheck

    Introduction

    The acccheck tool performs a password guessing and dictionary attack on SMB services used to share files and printers.

    Project details

    acccheck is written in Perl.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available
    • - No updates for a while

    Typical usage

    • Password discovery
    • Password strength testing

    acccheck review

    60

    eapmd5pass

    Introduction

    A tool like this would be most likely used to show the weakness of old authentication protocols, including penetration testing.

    Project details

    eapmd5pass is written in C.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Network analysis
      • Password discovery
      • Penetration testing

      eapmd5pass 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

      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

        85

        0d1n

        Introduction

        0d1n is useful to perform brute-force login attempts for authentication forms. It can discover useful directory names by using a predefined list of paths. With options to use a random proxy per request and load CSRF tokens, it is a tool that can be used in different type of assignments.

        Project details

        0d1n is written in C.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Information gathering
          • Penetration testing
          • Security assessment
          • Vulnerability scanning

          0d1n review

          89

          Fail2ban

          Introduction

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

          Project details

          Fail2ban is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Network traffic filtering
            • Security monitoring

            Fail2ban review

            64

            IKEForce

            Introduction

            IKEForce is a command line utility to brute force VPN connections (IPSEC) that allow group name/ID enumeration and XAUTH.

            Project details

            IKEForce is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              IKEForce 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

              68

              Patator

              Introduction

              Patator is based on similar tools like Hydra, yet with the goal to avoid the common flaws these tools have like performance limitations. The tool is modular and supports different types of brute-force attacks or enumeration of information.

              Project details

              Patator is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Password discovery
                • Penetration testing
                • Reconnaissance
                • Vulnerability scanning

                Patator review

                64

                RouterSploit

                Introduction

                RouterSploit is a framework to exploit embedded devices such as cameras and routers. It can be used during penetration testing to test the security of a wide variety of devices. RouterSploit comes with several modules to scan and exploit the devices. The tool helps in all steps, like from credential testing to deploying a payload to perform an exploitation attempt.

                Project details

                RouterSploit is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 50 contributors
                • + More than 6000 GitHub stars
                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Penetration testing
                  • Self-assessment
                  • Software testing
                  • Vulnerability scanning

                  RouterSploit 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

                    60

                    WPForce

                    Introduction

                    This toolkit is fairly new and consists of WPForce and Yertle. As the name implies, the first component has the focus on brute force attacking of login credentials. When admin credentials have been found, it is Yertle that allows uploading a shell. Yertle also has post-exploitation modules for further research.

                    Project details

                    WPForce is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Security assessment
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    WPForce review

                    52

                    WPSeku

                    Introduction

                    With WPSeku a WordPress installation can be tested for the presence of security issues. Some examples are cross-site scripting (XSS), sql injection, and local file inclusion. The tool also tests for the presence of default configuration files. These files may reveal version numbers, used themes and plugins.

                    Project details

                    WPSeku is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Unknown project license

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Security assessment
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    WPSeku review

                    76

                    Wfuzz

                    Introduction

                    Wfuzz is a fuzzing tool written in Python. Tools like Wfuzz are typically used to test web applications and how they handle both expected as unexpected input.

                    Project details

                    Wfuzz is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                      Typical usage

                      • Application fuzzing
                      • Application security
                      • Application testing
                      • Web application analysis

                      Wfuzz review

                      60

                      aiodnsbrute (Async DNS Brute)

                      Introduction

                      When a project requires resolving or guessing host names, then this tool is a great addition to the toolkit. It focuses on 'fast' by using asynchronous operations. The list of names to try is provided with a wordlist.

                      Project details

                      aiodnsbrute is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                        Typical usage

                        • Network scanning
                        • Penetration testing

                        aiodnsbrute review

                        68

                        dirsearch

                        Introduction

                        Dirsearch is a tool to guide security professionals to find possible information leaks or sensitive data. It does this by looking for directory and file names.

                        Project details

                        dirsearch is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 10 contributors
                        • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Information gathering
                          • Penetration testing
                          • Security assessment

                          dirsearch review

                          85

                          django-axes

                          Introduction

                          This tool may be used by developers that work with the Django framework. It adds a security layer on top of the application by looking at login attempts and track them.

                          Project details

                          django-axes is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                            Typical usage

                            • Application security

                            django-axes review

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