git-secrets alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace git-secrets? During the review of git-secrets 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. git-crypt (encrypt sensitive data in Git repositories)
  2. gauntlt (attack framework for developers)
  3. DET (data loss prevention testing)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to git-secrets.

Alternatives (by score)

89

git-crypt

Introduction

This tools allows you to store your secrets (such as keys or passwords) in the same repository as your code.

Project details

git-crypt is written in C++.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Data encryption

    git-crypt review

    74

    gauntlt

    Introduction

    Gauntlt allows you to run different attacks on your code with the goal to build better software and withstand the biggest threats in existence.

    Project details

    gauntlt is written in Ruby.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Code analysis

      gauntlt review

      64

      DET

      Introduction

      This tool can be used to identify possible DLP failures. It uses different data exfiltration techniques, which could (or not) trigger a DLP solution.

      Project details

      DET is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Learning
      • Penetration testing

      DET review

      60

      GitMiner

      Introduction

      GitMiner is a tool to scan for sensitive data that is leaked via software repositories. Examples of sensitive data are authentication details such as passwords or connection settings.

      Project details

      GitMiner is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Asset discovery
        • Discovery of sensitive information
        • Information leak detection

        GitMiner review

        85

        gitleaks

        Introduction

        Gitleaks scans the repository, including history, for secrets and other sensitive data. This can be useful for both developers as security professionals to discover any leaks.

        Project details

        gitleaks is written in Golang.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 10 contributors
        • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Security assessment

          gitleaks review

          60

          AIL framework

          Introduction

          AIL is a modular framework which helps to analyze potential information leaks. The framework is flexible and supports different kinds of data formats and sources. For example, one of the sources is the collection of pastes from Pastebin. A tool like AIL is commonly used to detect or even prevent data leaks.

          Project details

          AIL framework is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Data extraction
            • Data leak detection
            • Information leak detection
            • Security monitoring

            AIL framework review

            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

            60

            Gitrob

            Introduction

            Especially open source developers may share their code in a public repository like GitHub. This is a great way to collaborate between the developer(s) and the community. The risk of sharing code is that sensitive data is part of the repository and uploaded by accident. GitRob helps to detect this kind of accidental leaks.

            Project details

            Gitrob is written in Ruby.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Data leak prevention
              • Information gathering
              • Penetration testing
              • Security assessment

              Gitrob review

              60

              jak

              Introduction

              Typically developers may want to store some secrets, like authentication details, in in their repository. With jak this can happen in a slightly more secure way, by encrypting the data.

              Project details

              jak is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Data encryption

                jak review

                70

                pastemon

                Introduction

                Tool like pastemon can detect specific texts on the Pastebin website, like corporate information or sensitive information. It can be used as an early warning system or detect compromises in your environment.

                Project details

                pastemon is written in Perl.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Security monitoring

                pastemon review

                64

                Aletheia

                Introduction

                Aletheia is a project to manage secrets in Google Cloud with CloudKMS and Cloud Storage. It can be used to store sensitive data like authentication details.

                Project details

                Aletheia is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - Minimal or no documentation available
                • - No releases on GitHub available

                Typical usage

                • Data security
                • Secure storage

                Aletheia review

                100

                Buttercup for desktop

                Introduction

                The typical users have at least a multitude of ten when it comes to passwords. Ensuring that every website has a unique password and remembering, is almost impossible. Passwords managers like Buttercup help with the generation and secure storage of these secrets. It is freely available and open source, making it a good alternative for commercial options.

                Project details

                Buttercup for desktop is written in Node.js.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Password management

                  Buttercup for desktop review

                  74

                  Confidant

                  Introduction

                  Most applications with a connection to a database or other software component, need some form of authentication. Often the related credentials are stored in a configuration file. A secret manager like Confidant will provide an alternative, by storing the details in a database. Only applications that need to access the secrets are allowed to obtain them. Often system administrators are denied access to them.

                  Project details

                  Confidant is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Secrets management
                    • Secure storage

                    Confidant review

                    78

                    KeeWeb

                    Introduction

                    Password managers help to store sensitive data. This may include passwords, secret questions with their answers, or other private information.

                    Project details

                    KeeWeb is written in JavaScript.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + More than 25 contributors
                    • + More than 6000 GitHub stars
                    • + Many releases available
                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Full name of author is unknown

                    Typical usage

                    • Password management

                    KeeWeb review

                    64

                    TeamVault

                    Introduction

                    Storing passwords within a team security can be a challenging task. TeamVault is a password manager with the goal to be easy to use, flexible, and adhering to several security principles. These include a solid base for the data encryption, support for folders, and role-based access control (RBAC).

                    Project details

                    TeamVault is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Password management
                    • Secrets management

                    TeamVault review

                    97

                    Vault

                    Introduction

                    Vault is a secret management tool created by HashiCorp. It allows storing secrets, such as key/value pairs, AWS IAM/STS credentials, SQL/NoSQL databases, X.509 certificates, SSH credentials, and other sensitive details. These secrets are typically used by software components and scripts. The benefit of using a secret management tool is that they no longer need to be stored in configuration files. Main features include leasing, key revocation, key rolling, and auditing.

                    Project details

                    Vault is written in Golang.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + More than 500 contributors
                    • + More than 9000 stars
                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Password management
                      • Secrets management
                      • Secure storage

                      Vault review

                      100

                      Acra

                      Introduction

                      Acra is a database encryption proxy that provides encryption and data leakage prevention to applications. It provides selective encryption, access control, database and data leak prevention, and even intrusion detection capabilities. It is focused on developers and supports most popular programming languages such as Go, PHP, Python, Ruby.

                      Project details

                      Acra is written in Golang, Node.js, Objective-C, PHP, Python, Ruby.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + Commercial support available
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Data encryption
                        • Data leak prevention
                        • Data security
                        • Vulnerability mitigation

                        Acra review

                        64

                        BuQuikker

                        Introduction

                        BuQuikker is a security tool to scan the Amazon S3 storage service. Its goal is to find open and unprotected S3 buckets.

                        Project details

                        BuQuikker is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Data leak detection
                          • Security assessment

                          BuQuikker 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

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