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. Bitscout (remote forensics meta tool)
  3. dfis (DFIR toolkit)

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

    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

      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

      100

      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

        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

          84

          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

                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

                  100

                  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

                      97

                      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

                          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

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