Damn Small Vulnerable Web alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Damn Small Vulnerable Web? During the review of Damn Small Vulnerable Web 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. vuLnDAP (vulnerable web application based on LDAP)
  2. Pocsuite (vulnerability testing and development framework)
  3. Arachni (web application scanner)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Damn Small Vulnerable Web.

Alternatives (by score)

78

vuLnDAP

Introduction

VuLnDAP is a tool to show what can happen when a web application becomes vulnerable due to the business logic behind it. This tool uses LDAP, a common authentication protocol, to show such weaknesses. This tool helps penetration testers more about LDAP. At the same time, it provides useful insights to web and software developers to create more secure software.

Project details

vuLnDAP is written in Golang.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Application security
    • Learning
    • Penetration testing

    vuLnDAP review

    78

    Pocsuite

    Introduction

    Pocsuite is a remote vulnerability testing and development framework. It can be used by penetration testers and vulnerability researchers.

    Project details

    Pocsuite is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 10 contributors
    • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Vulnerability development
      • Vulnerability testing

      Pocsuite review

      89

      Arachni

      Introduction

      Arachni is framework written in Ruby with focus on evaluating the security of web applications. Typical users include security professionals and system administrators.

      The tooling is free and open source. Besides Linux, it also runs on macOS and Microsoft Windows.

      Project details

      Arachni is written in Ruby.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment
        • Web application analysis

        Arachni review

        64

        LFI Suite

        Introduction

        This tool is a useful addition to the pentesting toolbox of security professionals. It can help discover and exploit any local file inclusion weakness in applications. Upon success, a reverse shell can be used to get access to the system.

        Project details

        LFI Suite 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
        • Web application analysis

        LFI Suite review

        93

        Lynis

        Introduction

        Lynis is an open-source security auditing tool that is available since 2007 and created by Michael Boelen. Its primary goal is to evaluate the security defenses of systems running Linux or other flavors of Unix. It provides suggestions to install, configure, or correct any security measures.

        Project details

        Lynis is written in shell script.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code is easy to read and understand
        • + More than 100 contributors
        • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
        • + Tool is easy to use
        • + Available as package (simplified installation)
        • + Commercial support available
        • + Used language is shell script
        • + Very low number of dependencies
        • + Project is mature (10+ years)
        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • IT audit
          • Penetration testing
          • Security assessment
          • System hardening
          • Vulnerability scanning

          Lynis review

          74

          Nikto

          Introduction

          Nikto helps with performing security scans against web servers and to search for vulnerabilities in web applications.

          Project details

          Nikto is written in Perl.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available
          • + Well-known tool

            Typical usage

            • Penetration testing
            • Security assessment
            • Web application analysis

            Nikto review

            96

            OpenVAS

            Introduction

            OpenVAS is an open source vulnerability scanner that emerged from when Nessus became closed source in October of 2005.

            Project details

            OpenVAS is written in C.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available
            • + Well-known tool

              Typical usage

              • Penetration testing
              • Security assessment
              • Vulnerability scanning

              OpenVAS review

              60

              Pompem

              Introduction

              Pompem is written in Python and helps pentesters to search public sources for vulnerability information and a related exploit.

              Sources

              • CXSecurity
              • National Vulnerability Database
              • PacketStorm security
              • Vulners
              • WPScan Vulnerability Database
              • ZeroDay

              Project details

              Pompem is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Vulnerability scanning

                Pompem review

                74

                SearchSploit

                Introduction

                SearchSploit is a small by OffensiveSecurity to search for exploits and related data in the exploit database (Exploit-DB). This may help penetration testers in their security assignments.

                Project details

                SearchSploit is written in shell script.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                • + Tool is easy to use
                • + Used language is shell script
                • - Full name of author is unknown

                Typical usage

                • Information gathering
                • Penetration testing
                • Service exploitation
                • System exploitation
                • Vulnerability testing

                SearchSploit review

                74

                Seccubus

                Introduction

                Supported engines and tools:

                • Nessus
                • OpenVAS
                • Nmap
                • Nikto
                • Medusa
                • Qualys SSL labs
                • SkipFish
                • SSLyze
                • testssl.sh
                • ZAP

                Project details

                64

                VulnWhisperer

                Introduction

                VulnWhisperer helps with the collection of vulnerability data and its reports. The goal of the tool is to make vulnerability data more actionable. It supports scans and data from products like Nessus, Qualys products, OpenVAS, and Tenable.io.

                Project details

                VulnWhisperer is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Vulnerability management
                  • Vulnerability scanning

                  VulnWhisperer review

                  74

                  Vulnreport

                  Introduction

                  Vulnreport is a platform to deal with penetration test results. The tool formats them and provides actionable findings reports. The platform is strong in focusing on automation, to reduce the time spent by engineers.

                  Project details

                  Vulnreport is written in Ruby.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Security reviews
                    • Vulnerability management
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    Vulnreport review

                    93

                    WPScan

                    Introduction

                    WPScan can scan WordPress installations and determine if there are vulnerabilities in a particular installation.

                    Project details

                    WPScan is written in Ruby.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + More than 25 contributors
                    • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Security assessment
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    WPScan review

                    60

                    arch-audit

                    Introduction

                    Arch-audit is a small utility that scans the system for known vulnerabilities on Arch Linux. It can be used by users of the Linux distribution to know when to update and what packages have weaknesses. With Arch Linux being a rolling distribution, this may improve the interval or timing of software patching.

                    Project details

                    arch-audit is written in Rust.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Software management
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      arch-audit review

                      78

                      vFeed

                      Introduction

                      vFeed consists of a database and utilities to store vulnerability data. It uses third-party references and data, which then can be used to see if a software component has a known vulnerability. The data itself is enriched by cross-checking it and store additional details about the vulnerabilities.

                      The vFeed tooling has an API available with JSON output. It can be used by security researchers and practitioners to validate vulnerabilities and retrieve all available details.

                      Project details

                      vFeed is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + Commercial support available
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Security assessment
                        • Vulnerability scanning

                        vFeed review

                        60

                        vulnerability-alerter

                        Introduction

                        Vulnerability-alerter is a security tool to retrieve vulnerability data from NIST's database (NVD). This data can be used to discover recent vulnerabilities.

                        Project details

                        vulnerability-alerter is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Vulnerability management
                          • Vulnerability testing

                          vulnerability-alerter review

                          64

                          w3af

                          Introduction

                          W3af is an open source web application attack and audit framework and helps in scanning for vulnerabilities. The tool comes with both a graphical user interface (GUI) and command line utility. Some of the project files include a copyright line of 2006. That gives a good idea on the maturity of the project, and it is one of the rare tools that is still maintained after so many years.

                          Project details

                          w3af is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + Tool is modular and extendable
                          • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Application security
                            • Application testing
                            • Penetration testing
                            • Vulnerability scanning
                            • Web application analysis

                            w3af review

                            78

                            JoomScan

                            Introduction

                            JoomScan could be used to test your Joomla installation or during security assessments. As it has a primary focus on Joomla, it may provide better results than generic vulnerability scanners.

                            Project details

                            JoomScan is written in Perl.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Vulnerability scanning
                              • Vulnerability testing

                              JoomScan review

                              60

                              Wordstress

                              Introduction

                              WordPress is a popular choice among content management systems (CMS). Powering many websites and blogs, it is also a popular target. So regular updates and security testing can help to reduce the risk. WordStress can help with this testing.

                              Project details

                              Wordstress is written in Ruby.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Application security
                                • Vulnerability scanning
                                • Web application analysis

                                Wordstress review

                                64

                                vulnerable-node

                                Introduction

                                Vulnerable-node is a vulnerable website with identified vulnerabilities. It can be used to test the quality of tools and is written in Node.js.

                                Project details

                                vulnerable-node is written in Node.js.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Learning
                                  • Security assessment
                                  • Software testing
                                  • Vulnerability scanning
                                  • Web application analysis

                                  vulnerable-node review

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