Dionaea alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Dionaea? During the review of Dionaea 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. Cowrie (SSH/telnet honeypot)
  2. Dockpot (SSH honeypot based on Docker)
  3. Heralding (honeypot to catch credentials)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Dionaea.

Alternatives (by score)

93

Cowrie

Introduction

Cowrie is a honeypot to emulate SSH and telnet services. It can be used to learn attack methods and as an additional layer for security monitoring.

Project details

Cowrie is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • Learning
    • Security monitoring
    • Threat discovery

    Cowrie review

    56

    Dockpot

    Introduction

    Using an SSH honeypot is a good way to learn about common attacks on the SSH service. It can provide insights on the number of scans and probes on the network.

    Project details

    Dockpot is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Learning
    • Threat discovery

    Dockpot review

    85

    Heralding

    Introduction

    Heralding is a simple honeypot to collect credentials. It supports common protocols like FTP, SSH, HTTP, etc.

    Project details

    Heralding is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Heralding review

      64

      HonSSH

      Introduction

      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 and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Learning
      • Threat discovery

      HonSSH review

      63

      Kojoney

      Introduction

      Kojoney is a mix of the Spanish word cojon (s/c/k/) and honey.

      Project details

      56

      Kojoney2

      Introduction

      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 and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Learning
      • Threat discovery

      Kojoney2 review

      64

      mehrai

      Introduction

      Honeypots like mehrai can be used to learn more about incoming attacks. It might be useful to determine threats to your network or about the steps that attackers perform.

      Project details

      mehrai is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Learning
        • Network security monitoring
        • Security monitoring

        mehrai review

        64

        MTPot

        Introduction

        MTPot is a so-called telnet honeypot that allows to bind and listen on a specific port. It can be configured to allow specific commands and the related responses to return. The tool also performs fingerprinting to discover what type of attack is occuring and send these details via syslog.

        Project details

        MTPot is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Learning
          • Threat discovery

          MTPot review

          64

          sshesame

          Introduction

          A honeypot can provide valuable insights on commands that automated scripts perform or attackers. By running a honeypot like sshesame, connection details and commands are stored for later analysis. The system itself won't execute the actual commands, to prevent any damage to it.

          Project details

          sshesame is written in Golang.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Learning
          • Threat discovery

          sshesame review

          64

          SSHHiPot

          Introduction

          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 and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Learning
            • Threat discovery

            SSHHiPot review

            64

            SSH Honeypot

            Introduction

            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 and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Learning
              • Threat discovery

              SSH Honeypot review

              60

              TANNER

              Introduction

              TANNER and SNARE are used together to form one solution.

              Project details

              97

              Thug

              Introduction

              The honeypot concept is a well-known technique to collect attack patterns on servers and systems. Tools like Thug are considered to be a honeyclient, or client honeypot. These tools collect attacks against client applications. For example by mimicking a web application and visit a malicious page to see if any code is attacking the application.

              Project details

              Thug is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Learning
                • Malware analysis
                • Threat discovery

                Thug review

                70

                Conpot

                Introduction

                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 and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Information gathering
                  • Intrusion detection
                  • Learning

                  Conpot review

                  60

                  HoneyPi

                  Introduction

                  A honeypot is useful to learn more about the network probes that are happening. As this project uses a Raspberry Pi, the investments for a deployment are low.

                  Project details

                  HoneyPi is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Learning
                    • Network analysis

                    HoneyPi review

                    52

                    Honeyprint

                    Introduction

                    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.

                    Project details

                    60

                    HoneyPy

                    Introduction

                    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 and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Security monitoring

                      HoneyPy review

                      64

                      HonTel

                      Introduction

                      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 and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Learning
                        • Security monitoring

                        HonTel review

                        70

                        SNARE

                        Introduction

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

                        Project details

                        SNARE is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Security monitoring

                          SNARE review

                          63

                          keimpx

                          Introduction

                          The keimpx security tool can be used to check for valid credentials across a network. It uses the SMB protocol, typically used on Microsoft Windows and others.

                          Project details

                          keimpx is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Penetration testing
                            • Security assessment

                            keimpx review

                            97

                            Samba

                            Introduction

                            Since 1992, Samba provides file and print services based on the server message block (SMB) protocol. This protocol was released by Microsoft as part of the open specifications.

                            Samba helps with interoperability between systems running Microsoft Windows and those running one of the flavor of Unix like Linux. The toolkit allows systems to become part of the Active Directory environment and join a domain controller or domain member.

                            Project details

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Samba review

                              52

                              Samba-VirusFilter

                              Introduction

                              On-access antivirus filter for Samba to detect malware threats and prevent them from investing file shares.

                              Project details

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Samba-VirusFilter review

                                85

                                SMBMap

                                Introduction

                                SMBMap allows scanning of file resources that are shared with the SMB protocol. The tool will list share drives, drive permissions, the share contents, upload/download functionality, file name auto-download pattern matching, and even execute remote commands. The tool was created for pentesters to simplify finding sensitive data, or at least test for it.

                                Project details

                                SMBMap is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Data leak detection
                                  • Information gathering
                                  • Penetration testing

                                  SMBMap review

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