gosec alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace gosec? During the review of gosec 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. graudit (static code analysis tool)
  2. Cppcheck (static code analyzer)
  3. Bandit (Python static code analyzer)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to gosec.

Alternatives (by score)

93

graudit

Introduction

Analysis of source code helps to find programming flaws including those that can lead to software vulnerabilities. Graudit helps to uncover these by searching through the files and discover possible flaws. The tool supports languages like ASP, C, Perl, PHP, Python, and others.

Project details

graudit is written in shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code is easy to read and understand
  • + Tool is easy to use
  • + Used language is shell script
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Code analysis

    graudit review

    93

    Cppcheck

    Introduction

    Cppcheck is a static code analysis tool for C and C++ code. It helps to discover bugs that would not be picked up by compilers, yet avoid any false positives.

    Project details

    Cppcheck is written in C++.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + Project is mature (10+ years)
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Code analysis

      Cppcheck review

      84

      Bandit

      Introduction

      Bandit is a tool that can be used during development or afterward. Typically this is used by developers to find common security issues in Python code before putting the code in production. Another use-case would be to use this tool to analyze existing projects and find possible flaws.

      Project details

      Bandit is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 50 contributors
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • + Supported by a large company

        Typical usage

        • Code analysis

        Bandit review

        84

        Shellharden

        Introduction

        Shellharden helps to detect flaws in shell scripts that may result in vulnerabilities. While being similar to Shellcheck, this tool can apply the suggested changes to a shell script.

        Project details

        Shellharden is written in Rust.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + Tool is easy to use
        • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - Full name of author is unknown

        Typical usage

        • Code analysis

        Shellharden review

        60

        PyT (Python Taint)

        Introduction

        Python Taint (or PyT) is a static code analyzer for Python scripts and applications. It tries to discover vulnerabilities or other possible weaknesses.

        Project details

        PyT is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Code analysis

          PyT 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

            74

            angr

            Introduction

            Tools like angr are great for performing in-depth analysis of binaries. This could be the analysis of an unknown binary, like a collected malware sample.

            Project details

            angr is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Binary analysis
              • Malware analysis

              angr review

              100

              Brakeman

              Introduction

              Brakeman is a static code analysis tool for Ruby on Rails to perform a security review. It comes as an open source project with optional commercial support.

              Project details

              Brakeman is written in Ruby.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + Commercial support available
              • + More than 5000 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • - Commercial usage is restricted to some extent

              Typical usage

              • Code analysis

              Brakeman review

              60

              Jackhammer

              Introduction

              The tool uses RBAC (Role Based Access Control) with different levels of access. Jackhammer uses several tools to do dynamic and static code analysis (e.g. for Java, Ruby, Python, and Nodejs). It checks also for vulnerabilities in libraries. Due to its modular architecture, it can use several scanners out of the box, with options to add your own.

              The Jackhammer project was initially added to GitHub on the 8th of May, 2017.

              Project details

              Jackhammer is written in Ruby.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Collaboration
                • Information sharing

                Jackhammer review

                56

                Shellyzer

                Introduction

                Shell scripts are easy to create and often used by system administrator and developers. Although the language is fairly easy, there is a good number of best practices when creating them. Tools like Shellyzer can help auditing these scripts and improve the code or discover vulnerabilities.

                Project details

                Shellyzer is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Code analysis

                Shellyzer review

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