Fail2ban alternatives

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

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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 and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • Penetration testing
    • Security assessment
    • Vulnerability scanning

    0d1n project page

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    aiodnsbrute (Async DNS Brute)

    Async DNS Brute, or aiodnsbrute, is a security tool to help with resolving many DNS entries and the related discovery.

    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 project page

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      Cowrie

      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 project page

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        Crowbar

        Crowbar is a brute forcing tool that can be used during penetration tests. Unlike other similar tools it uses different methods to achieve its goal.

        Project details

        Crowbar is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Penetration testing

          Crowbar project page

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          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 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 project page

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            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 and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Application security

              django-axes project page

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              django-two-factor-auth (Django Two-Factor Authentication)

              A complete Two-Factor Authentication for Django. It leverages the django-otp tooling together with Django's authentication framework.

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              Dockpot

              Dockpot uses Docker containers and HonSSH to create on-demand SSH honeypots. It forwards traffic for analysis and learning about attack patterns.

              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 project page

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              eapmd5pass

              Eapmd5pass is a password attack tool for EAP-MD5 authentication traffic. It uses an offline attack, meaning it deals with captured network data.

              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 project page

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                HonSSH

                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 project page

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                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 and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  IKEForce project page

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                  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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                  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 and weaknesses

                  • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • - No updates for a while
                  • - Unknown project license

                  Typical usage

                  • Information gathering
                  • Intrusion detection
                  • Security monitoring

                  Kippo project page

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                  known_hosts_bruteforcer

                  The known_hosts_bruteforce is a script to discover hostnames from the known_hosts file. This can be useful during penetration testing or incident response.

                  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 project page

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                  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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                  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 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 project page

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                    SSH Honeypot

                    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 project page

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                      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 and weaknesses

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

                        Typical usage

                        • Application security
                        • Penetration testing
                        • Security assessment

                        ssh-audit project page

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                        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 and weaknesses

                        • + More than 10 contributors
                        • + Many releases available
                        • + The source code of this software is available
                        • + Supported by a large company

                          Typical usage

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

                          ssh_scan project page

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                          SSHsec

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

                          Project details

                          SSHsec is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Information gathering
                            • Penetration testing
                            • Security assessment

                            SSHsec project page

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                            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 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 project page

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                              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 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 project page

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                              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 and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment
                              • Vulnerability scanning

                              WPSeku project page

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                              Yosai

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

                              Project details

                              Yosai is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Identity and access management

                                Yosai project page

                                The tool with the highest score in this overview is Patator. It might be a good candidate to replace Fail2ban.