FIR alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace FIR? During the review of FIR 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. TheHive (security incident response platform)
  2. rastrea2r (threat hunting for IOCs)
  3. Bitscout (remote forensics meta tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to FIR.

Alternatives (by score)

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TheHive

Introduction

TheHive is scalable and a complete platform to deal with security incidents. It allows for collaboration between those responsible for dealing with such incidents and related events. It can even use the data of the MISP project, making it easier to start analyzing from there.

Project details

TheHive is written in Scala.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Digital forensics
    • Incident response
    • Intrusion detection

    TheHive review

    64

    rastrea2r

    Introduction

    Rastrea2r is a threat hunting utility for indicators of compromise (IOC). It is named after the Spanish word rastreador, which means hunter. This multi-platform open source tool helps incident responders and SOC analysts to triage suspected systems. The hunt for IOCs can be achieved in just a matter of a few minutes.

    Project details

    64

    Bitscout

    Introduction

    Bitscout contains a set of popular tools to acquire and analyze disk images onsite. It saves engineers from traveling to the physical location. In other words, it is providing the option to do remote forensics. The project claims that everything is correctly implemented when it comes to digital forensics. One of these requirements is that no data is altered. For example, the remote security professional can obtain a disk image clone, but not alter the machine state.

    Project details

    Bitscout is written in shell script.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Digital forensics

      Bitscout review

      93

      GRR Rapid Response

      Introduction

      The goal of the GRR tooling is to support digital forensics and investigations. By using a fast and scalable model, analysts can quickly perform their analysis. One of the main features is the ability to search for particular information or details. This process is called hunting.

      Project details

      GRR Rapid Response is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 25 contributors
      • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • + Supported by a large company

        Typical usage

        • Digital forensics
        • Intrusion detection
        • Threat hunting

        GRR Rapid Response review

        60

        LogonTracer

        Introduction

        LogonTracer is a tool to investigate malicious logins from Windows event logs with visualization capabilities.

        Project details

        LogonTracer is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Criminal investigations
          • Digital forensics
          • Learning

          LogonTracer review

          93

          Loki

          Introduction

          Loki is security tool to find so-called indicators of compromise (IOC). It does this by scanning files and then uses pattern matching.

          Project details

          Loki is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Digital forensics
            • Intrusion detection
            • Security monitoring

            Loki review

            74

            MIG (Mozilla InvestiGator)

            Introduction

            MIG provides a platform to perform investigative analysis on remote systems. By using the right queries, information can be obtained from these systems. This all happens in parallel, making intrusion detection, investigation, and follow-up easier.

            Project details

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 25 contributors
            • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available
            • + Supported by a large company

              Typical usage

              • Digital forensics
              • Intrusion detection

              MIG review

              74

              The Sleuth Kit

              Introduction

              The Sleuth Kit is a forensics tool to analyze volume and file system data on disk images. With its modular design, it can be used to carve out the right data, find evidence, and use it for digital forensics.

              Project details

              The Sleuth Kit is written in C.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 50 contributors
              • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • + Well-known tool

                Typical usage

                • Criminal investigations
                • Digital forensics
                • File system analysis

                The Sleuth Kit review

                74

                Volatility

                Introduction

                Volatility is a well-known tool to analyze memory dumps. Interesting about this project is that the founders of this project decided to create a foundation around the project. This foundation is an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that maintains and promotes open source memory forensics with The Volatility Framework.

                Project details

                Volatility is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • + Project is supported by a foundation

                  Typical usage

                  • Digital forensics

                  Volatility review

                  64

                  dfis (Digital Forensic Investigative Scripts)

                  Introduction

                  This toolkit of scripts are made by Hal to help in forensic assignments. They make several parts of the job easier, like converting data to another format for further processing.

                  Project details

                  dfis is written in Perl.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Digital forensics

                  dfis review

                  60

                  libewf

                  Introduction

                  The libewf toolkit is useful for those who need to create a disk image or perform disk forensics.

                  Project details

                  libewf is written in C.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Digital forensics

                    libewf review

                    89

                    r2frida

                    Introduction

                    Both Radare2 and Frida have their own area of expertise. This project combines both, to allow a more extensive analysis of files and processes.

                    Project details

                    r2frida is written in C, JavaScript.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Application testing
                      • Binary analysis
                      • Memory analysis

                      r2frida review

                      78

                      radare2

                      Introduction

                      Radare2 is a popular framework to perform reverse engineering on many different file types. It can be used to analyze malware, firmware, or any other type of binary files. Besides reverse engineering, it can be used for forensics on filesystems and do data carving. Tasks can be scripted and support languages like JavaScript, Go, and Python. Even software exploitation is one of the functions it can be used in.

                      Project details

                      radare2 is written in C.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 500 contributors
                      • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
                      • + Many releases available
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Digital forensics
                        • Reverse engineering
                        • Software exploitation
                        • Troubleshooting

                        radare2 review

                        60

                        shellbags

                        Introduction

                        Typically this tool will be used to gather information from a compromised system or to track traces from a system to find evidence. Shellbags can provide some insight on browsed directories on the system via Explorer on Microsoft Windows systems.

                        Project details

                        shellbags is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Digital forensics

                          shellbags review

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