Fail2ban alternatives

Looking for a better tool, or simply want to learn about alternatives? There is typically more than one option.

Alternatives (by tag)

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Alternative: Yosai

Yosai is security framework for Python applications and adds authentication, authorization, and session management capabilities.

Project details

Yosai is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • identity and access management

Yosai project page

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Alternative: 0d1n

0d1n is a security tool to perform fuzzing of web applications and discover potential security issues. It is commonly used during security assignments.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

0d1n project page

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Alternative: dirsearch

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

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

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • penetration test
  • security assessment

dirsearch project page

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Alternative: django-axes

Django-axes is a reusable app for Django to limit the brute force login attempts for your web application.

Project details

django-axes is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application security

django-axes project page

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Alternative: IKEForce

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

IKEForce project page

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Alternative: John the Ripper

John the Ripper is a mature password cracker to find weak or known passwords.

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.

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Alternative: Patator

Patator is a security tool to perform enumeration or brute-force attempts to discover authentication details. It can be used during penetration testing.

Project details

Patator is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • password discovery
  • penetration test
  • reconnaissance
  • vulnerability scanning

Patator project page

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Alternative: THC Hydra (thc-hydra)

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

  • + 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 test
  • security assessment

THC Hydra project page

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Alternative: WPForce

WPForce is a suite of tools to attack Wordpress installations. One part focuses on brute forcing logins, the other to upload a shell upon finding credentials.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Full name of author is unknown

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

WPForce project page

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Alternative: WPSeku

WPSeku is a WordPress vulnerability scanner that can be used to scan remote WordPress installations.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

WPSeku project page

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Alternative: Kippo

Kippo is a honeypot for SSH connections and written in Python. It can be used to learn about the scripts and attacks that are commonly used against SSH.

Project details

Kippo is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while
  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • intrusion detection
  • security monitoring

Kippo project page

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Alternative: OpenSSH

OpenSSH is the much-used connectivity tool for remote administration. It uses the SSH protocol and encrypts all traffic to eliminate attacks like eavesdropping.

OpenSSH is a much-used connectivity tool for remote administration of Linux systems. It uses the SSH protocol and encrypts all traffic to eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other related attacks.

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Alternative: ssh-audit

The ssh-audit tool helps to perform a security assessment of SSH servers and their configuration. It can be used for security testing and penetration tests.

Project details

ssh-audit is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application security
  • penetration test
  • security assessment

ssh-audit project page

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Alternative: ssh_scan

The ssh_scan utility is a SSH configuration and policy scanner maintained by the Mozilla Foundation. It helps to secure Linux systems running the OpenSSH.

This tool is light on its dependencies, as it only uses Ruby and BinData. The scanner is simple to use, as it is limited in the number of parameters and options. There is also the ability to show the results on the screen or export the data to a JSON file. The latter is great if you want to do further processing of the details, or simply store them for later comparison.

Project details

ssh_scan is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

Weaknesses

  • - More than 10 contributors

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • system hardening
  • vulnerability scanning

ssh_scan project page

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Alternative: SSHsec

SSHsec scans a system running the SSH protocol and retrieves its configuration, host keys, and Diffie-Hellman groups.