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. acccheck (SMB password guessing and dictionary attack tool)
  3. eapmd5pass (offline EAP-MD5 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

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

      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

        84

        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

          85

          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

            60

            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

                81

                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

                    60

                    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

                      72

                      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

                          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

                            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

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