Fierce alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Fierce? During the review of Fierce 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. aiodnsbrute (asynchronous brute forcing DNS domain names)
  2. SubBrute (DNS enumeration tool)
  3. SubFinder (subdomain scanner)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Fierce.

Alternatives (by score)

85

aiodnsbrute (Async DNS Brute)

Introduction

When a project requires resolving or guessing host names, then this tool is a great addition to the toolkit. It focuses on 'fast' by using asynchronous operations. The list of names to try is provided with a wordlist.

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 review

    60

    SubBrute (subdomain-bruteforcer)

    Introduction

    SubBrute is a DNS meta-query spider that enumerates DNS records and subdomains. This can be useful during penetration tests and security assessments.

    Project details

    SubBrute is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available
    • - Full name of author is unknown

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • Penetration testing
    • Security assessment

    SubBrute review

    60

    SubFinder

    Introduction

    SubFinder is a tool to scan domains and discover subdomains. This may be useful during the reconnaissance phase of penetration testing where information is collected. Some subdomains may reveal sensitive data or point to interesting targets such as a backup location.

    Project details

    SubFinder is written in Golang.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + Tool is modular and extendable
    • + More than 500 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Discovery of sensitive information
      • Information gathering
      • Penetration testing
      • Reconnaissance
      • Security assessment

      SubFinder review

      64

      RTA (Red Team Arsenal)

      Introduction

      RTA is helpful to automate scanning public resources of a company. As the project name implies, this may be used during red teaming, like a penetration test. That obviously does not limit its use, as it is similarly useful by the blue team.

      With its integration with Nessus and other tools, RTA is more of a toolkit. This can be seen in its functionality, like subdomain enumeration and information gathering capabilities.

      Project details

      RTA is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Information gathering
      • Penetration testing
      • Security assessment
      • System enumeration

      RTA review

      64

      altdns

      Introduction

      Altdns is a security tool to discover subdomains. It generates permutations, alterations, and mutations of subdomains. The generated names can also be tested by performing DNS lookups. An enumeration tool like Altdns is useful during penetrating testing assignments.

      Project details

      altdns is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Reconnaissance
        • Subdomain discovery
        • Subdomain enumeration

        altdns review

        56

        domain

        Introduction

        Domain is a Python script written by Jason Haddix to combine the tools Recon-ng and altdns. It allows to use the two tool one multiple domains within the same session.

        Project details

        domain is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 500 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - Unknown project license

        Typical usage

        • Subdomain enumeration

        domain review

        60

        Sublist3r

        Introduction

        Sublist3r helps penetration testers and bug hunters collect and gather subdomains for the domain they are targeting.

        Project details

        Sublist3r is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available

          Sublist3r review

          63

          DNSChef

          Introduction

          DNSChef is a DNS proxy that can be used terminate or intercept traffic for DNS traffic. This might be useful during a penetration test or when researching malware and manipulate the actual DNS responses.

          Project details

          64

          DNSteal

          Introduction

          DNSteal allows you to extract files from a machine through DNS requests. This can be used to circumvent security measures and test them against data leakage. The tool supports compression and allows for multiple files to be transferred.

          Project details

          DNSteal is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 500 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • - No releases on GitHub available
          • - Full name of author is unknown

          Typical usage

          • Application security
          • Data hiding

          DNSteal review

          64

          QuickScan

          Introduction

          Although there are many port scanning utilities, sometimes it is specific functionality that makes a tool really powerful. For example, QuickScan saves the results of a scan, which then can be processed later for follow-up.

          Project details

          QuickScan is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + Very low number of dependencies
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • - No releases on GitHub available
          • - Full name of author is unknown

          Typical usage

          • Network scanning

          QuickScan review

          64

          Th3inspector

          Introduction

          This tool can be called a true 'inspector tool' as it helps to discover many types of data.

          • Website information
          • Domain and subdomain information
          • Mail server information and email
          • Phone details
          • IP addresses
          • Detection of used CMS

          Project details

          Th3inspector is written in Perl.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Discovery of sensitive information
          • Information gathering

          Th3inspector review

          85

          detectem

          Introduction

          Detectem can be a good early vulnerability detection system. By scanning regularly the dependencies of web applications, old versions of tools can be detected and upgraded. This tool is also helpful for penetration tests to find out what kind of software components are used.

          Project details

          detectem is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Application security
            • Application testing
            • Reconnaissance
            • Vulnerability scanning

            detectem review

            60

            dirsearch

            Introduction

            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 review

              64

              DirSearch (Go)

              Introduction

              DirSearch is a Go implementation of the original dirsearch tool written by Mauro Soria. It is used to discover directories by using common names and guessing (fuzzing).

              Project details

              DirSearch (Go) is written in Golang.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Information gathering
                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment

                DirSearch (Go) 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

                  74

                  LinEnum

                  Introduction

                  LinEnum is one of the tools that can help with automating penetration tests. It performs a discovery on the environment it runs in and tries finding weaknesses to allow privilege escalation.

                  Project details

                  LinEnum is written in shell script.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + Very low number of dependencies
                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • + Well-known tool

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Privilege escalation
                    • System enumeration

                    LinEnum review

                    68

                    massh-enum

                    Introduction

                    Massh-enum is a user enumeration tool for OpenSSH with the goal to find valid usernames. This can be useful during penetration tests or security assessments. The usernames can be valuable to brute-force or may be used on different locations within a network.

                    Project details

                    massh-enum is written in Python, shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                    • + Tool is easy to use
                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Minimal or no documentation available

                    Typical usage

                    • Information gathering
                    • User enumeration

                    massh-enum review

                    96

                    O-Saft

                    Introduction

                    O-Saft is the abbreviation for OWASP SSL advanced forensic tool.

                    Project details

                    O-Saft is written in Perl.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Information gathering
                      • Penetration testing
                      • Security assessment
                      • Vulnerability scanning
                      • Web application analysis

                      O-Saft review

                      63

                      Oscanner

                      Introduction

                      The tool has a plugin-based architecture for enumeration purposes of Oracle installations.

                      • Sid enumeration
                      • Passwords tests (common & dictionary)
                      • Enumerate Oracle version
                      • Enumerate account roles
                      • Enumerate account privileges
                      • Enumerate account hashes
                      • Enumerate audit information
                      • Enumerate password policies
                      • Enumerate database links

                      Project details

                      Oscanner is written in Java.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Oscanner review

                        64

                        RootHelper

                        Introduction

                        RootHelper is a small script to retrieve several enumeration and privilege escalation tools. It can be used during penetration testing.

                        Project details

                        RootHelper is written in shell script.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Penetration testing
                          • Privilege escalation
                          • Security assessment

                          RootHelper review

                          60

                          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

                            78

                            Sn1per

                            Introduction

                            Sn1per is security scanner that can be used during a penetration test to enumerate and scan for vulnerabilities.

                            Project details

                            Sn1per is written in Python, shell script.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                            Typical usage

                            • Penetration testing
                            • Reconnaissance

                            Sn1per review

                            60

                            tlsenum

                            Introduction

                            Tlsenum is a CLI tool to enumerate TLS protocol and TLS cipher support by a server. The tool lists then the output based on the order of priority. Tlsenum can be used to find the supported protocols and ciphers of a system and determine if it is properly hardened. This information can be useful to system administrators and pentesters doing a security assessment of the system.

                            Project details

                            tlsenum is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Security assessment
                              • System enumeration
                              • System hardening

                              tlsenum review

                              60

                              wafw00f

                              Introduction

                              wafw00f is a security tool to perform fingerprinting on web applications and detect any web application firewall in use.

                              Project details

                              wafw00f is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Application fingerprinting
                                • Information gathering
                                • Penetration testing
                                • Reconnaissance
                                • Security assessment

                                wafw00f review

                                64

                                weblocator

                                Introduction

                                The weblocator security tool performs a discovery search to find directories and files. This can be useful for penetration tests to find sensitive data.

                                Project details

                                weblocator is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Information gathering
                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Security assessment

                                  weblocator review

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