Diamorphine alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Diamorphine? During the review of Diamorphine 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. chkrootkit (malware scanner)
  2. Rootkit Hunter (malware scanner)
  3. Binary Analysis Next Generation (framework for binary analysis)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Diamorphine.

Alternatives (by score)

59

chkrootkit

Introduction

The chkrootkit tool consists of multiple parts that may detect the presence of rootkit parts of rootkit behavior on a system.

Some areas that are checked include:

  • interface in promiscuous mode
  • lastlog deletions
  • wtmp deletions
  • wtmpx deletions
  • signs of LKM trojans
  • utmp deletions

Project details

chkrootkit is written in C, shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + Used language is shell script
  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
  • - Long time between releases

Typical usage

  • Malware detection
  • Malware scanning

chkrootkit review

59

Rootkit Hunter (rkhunter)

Introduction

Rootkit Hunter is a small utility to find suspicious rootkit components. Other known backdoors or malicious software can also be discovered, especially if it has the goal to hide.

The tool uses different ways to hunt, like using predefined directory locations and comparing the output of system utilities. Another method is by requesting a specific output and see if this output is altered, therefore tricking rootkits to reveal themselves.

Project details

Rootkit Hunter is written in shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + Used language is shell script
  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Malware detection
    • Malware scanning

    Rootkit Hunter review

    64

    Binary Analysis Next Generation (BANG)

    Introduction

    BANG is a framework to unpack files recursively and scan them. The files can be firmware, binaries, or malware. The main goal is to scan all files and perform classification and labeling. This way each file can be further analyzed based on the characteristics.

    Project details

    Binary Analysis Next Generation is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available
    • - No releases on GitHub available

    Typical usage

    • Binary analysis
    • Malware analysis
    • Malware scanning

    Binary Analysis Next Generation review

    56

    bingrep

    Introduction

    Searches through binaries and highlights the most important areas with colors.

    Supported binary formats:

    • ELF 32/64, arm, x86, openrisc
    • Mach 32/64, arm, x86
    • PE

    Project details

    100

    ClamAV

    Introduction

    ClamAV is a popular tool to detect malicious software or malware. While it calls itself an antivirus engine, it probably won't encounter many viruses, as they have become rare. It is more likely to find other forms of malware like worms, backdoors, and ransomware. ClamAV can be used in a few ways, from doing an occasional scan up to scanning in batch. ClamAV does not do on-access scanning but can be combined with other tools to obtain similar functionality. ClamAV is often used to support scanning incoming emails for malicious content.

    Project details

    ClamAV is written in C.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + Many maintainers
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Malware analysis
      • Malware detection
      • Malware scanning

      ClamAV review

      74

      Cuckoo Sandbox (cuckoo)

      Introduction

      In a matter of seconds, Cuckoo Sandbox provides detailed results on what a file does within an isolated environment. This helps with malware analysis and understanding what it exactly tries to achieve. Further analysis can be done, based on the previous actions that were done.

      Cuckoo Sandbox was created by Claudio Guarnieri as part of the Google Summer of Code project in 2010.

      Project details

      Cuckoo Sandbox is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - Many provided pull requests are still open
      • - Many reported issues are still open

      Typical usage

      • Digital forensics
      • Malware analysis

      Cuckoo Sandbox review

      97

      hBlock

      Introduction

      For the privacy-aware users, tools like hBlock can be helpful to block malicious domains, malware, advertisements, and trackers. Trackers could be pixels added to websites to track which pages you visited, which might invade your privacy.

      Project details

      hBlock is written in shell script.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Used language is shell script
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Malware protection
        • Privacy enhancement
        • Provide anonymity

        hBlock review

        89

        LMD

        Introduction

        LMD uses MD5 file hashes and HEX pattern matches to define the malware signatures. These are used to detect malware.

        Project details

        LMD is written in shell script.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Malware scanning

          LMD review

          68

          Malice

          Introduction

          Malice is a malware analysis that wants to provide a free and open source version of VirusTotal. The goal of Malice is to make it usable by both independent researchers up to fortune 500 companies.

          Malice is useful for those that do malware analysis or deal with user-generated files that may contain malware. The framework allows scanning files and directories to see if they are infected.

          Project details

          Malice is written in Golang.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Malware analysis
            • Malware detection
            • Malware research
            • Malware scanning

            Malice review

            81

            Malscan

            Introduction

            Malscan is a tool to scan for malicious software (malware) such as viruses, worms, and backdoors. Its goal is to extend ClamAV with more scanning modes and signatures. It targets web servers running Linux, but can also be used on mail servers and desktops.

            Project details

            Malscan is written in shell script.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + Used language is shell script
            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Malware protection
              • Malware scanning

              Malscan review

              64

              Mal Tindex

              Introduction

              Mal Tindex is a tool that performs binary analysis on malware samples. It analyzes the binaries it is provided to learn about the specifics of each malware sample that makes them unique. This way data can be gathered that may provide background information. For example, it could provide the attribution of a particular actor or malware campaign.

              Project details

              Mal Tindex is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Malware analysis
                • Malware research

                Mal Tindex review

                68

                MultiScanner

                Introduction

                MultiScanner helps malware analysts by providing a toolkit to perform both automated and manual analysis. The data extracted from the analysis can be easily stored together, including the relevant metadata and samples. It allows enriching the data further by retrieving information from external resources.

                Project details

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Malware analysis
                  • Malware detection
                  • Malware scanning

                  MultiScanner review

                  78

                  SSMA

                  Introduction

                  SSMA is short for Simple Static Malware Analyzer. The tool can perform a set of tests against a malware sample and retrieve metadata from it. SSMA can analyze ELF and PE and analyze its structure. For example, it can retrieve the PE file header information and its sections. Other pieces it can analyze is the usage of packers, anti-debugging techniques, cryptographic algorithms, domains, email addresses, and IP addresses. It can also check if the sample is already detected or blocked by using VirusTotal and the blocklist of malwaredomains.com.

                  Project details

                  SSMA is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • - No releases on GitHub available

                  Typical usage

                  • Malware analysis
                  • Malware detection
                  • Malware scanning
                  • Reverse engineering

                  SSMA review

                  70

                  Viper

                  Introduction

                  Viper organizes the malware samples and exploits you found over time. It calls itself "Metasploit for malware researchers". Viper has a terminal interface to store, search and analyze files. As it is a framework, is also allows you to create your plugins.

                  Project details

                  60

                  YaraGuardian

                  Introduction

                  YaraGuardian provides a web-based interface that helps to manage Yara rules. It can be used to search, organize, and bulk-edit rules. The tool also prevents creating duplicate entries, which is a nice additional benefit of this management utility.

                  Project details

                  YaraGuardian is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Malware analysis

                    YaraGuardian review

                    60

                    yarGen

                    Introduction

                    The yarGen utility helps with creating YARA rules for malware detection. It can combine both 'goodware' and 'malware', to properly craft the right rules.

                    Project details

                    68

                    Azazel

                    Introduction

                    Tools like rootkits are often used by attackers to conceal their presence. Rootkits are a good source to understand malware and help with improving analysis skills. This rootkit focuses on anti-debugging and anti-detection. The availability of the source can be very helpful to understand the related risks.

                    Project details

                    Azazel is written in C.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Malware analysis

                      Azazel review

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