GRR Rapid Response alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace GRR Rapid Response? During the review of GRR Rapid Response 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. MIG (real-time investigation tool)
  2. The Sleuth Kit (toolkit for forensics)
  3. Volatility (memory forensics framework)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to GRR Rapid Response.

Alternatives (by score)

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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

    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

        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

          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

            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

              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

                85

                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

                  FIR (Fast Incident Response)

                  Introduction

                  FIR is an incident response tool written in the Django framework. It provides a web interface to deal with the creation and management of security-related incidents.

                  Project details

                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Incident response
                    • Security monitoring

                    FIR review

                    76

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          76

                          DejaVu

                          Introduction

                          DejaVu is an open source deception framework which can be used to deploy and administer decoys or canaries across a network infrastructure. Defenders can use deception as a technique to learn quickly about possible attackers on the network and take actions.

                          Project details

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Security monitoring
                          • Threat discovery

                          DejaVu review

                          64

                          MalPipe

                          Introduction

                          MalPipe is a modular malware and indicator collection and processing framework. It is designed to pull information about malware, domains, URLs, and IP addresses from multiple feeds. Finally, it will enrich the collected data and export the results.

                          Project details

                          MalPipe is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Data enrichment
                          • Data processing
                          • Intrusion detection
                          • Malware analysis
                          • Malware detection

                          MalPipe review

                          100

                          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

                            72

                            HELK (The Hunting ELK)

                            Introduction

                            The main purpose to use HELK is to do analytic research on data, which are typically the events coming from your systems. Suspicious events could be discovered by doing so-called threat hunting. It may give additional insights about the existing infrastructure and required security defenses.

                            Project details

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • System monitoring
                              • Threat discovery
                              • Threat hunting

                              HELK 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

                              60

                              ThreatPinch Lookup

                              Introduction

                              ThreatPinch helps to speed up collecting information from common resources like CVE databases or public WHOIS data. As it works from the browser, it is a helpful addition for people who have to perform forensics, security monitoring, or system administration. For example, getting the owner of a domain and IP address becomes almost instant knowledge.

                              Project details

                              ThreatPinch Lookup is written in JavaScript.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + Many integration possibilities available
                              • - Unknown project license

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Threat hunting

                              ThreatPinch Lookup review

                              85

                              Maltrail

                              Introduction

                              Maltrail monitors for traffic on the network that might indicate system compromise or other bad behavior. It is great for intrusion detection and monitoring.

                              Project details

                              Maltrail is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + More than 10 contributors
                              • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Intrusion detection
                                • Network analysis
                                • Security monitoring

                                Maltrail review

                                59

                                OSSEC

                                Introduction

                                OSSEC uses a centralized, cross-platform architecture allowing multiple systems to be monitored and managed.

                                Highlights:
                                The OSSEC project was acquired by Third Brigade, Inc in June 2008. This included the copyrights owned by Daniel Cid, its project leader. They promised to continue the development, keep it open source, and extend commercial support and training to the community.

                                Trend Micro acquired Third Brigade in May 2009. This included the OSSEC project. Trend Micro promised to keep the software open source and free.

                                Project details

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + Commercial support available
                                • + Well-known tool
                                • - Commercial support available

                                OSSEC review

                                52

                                Samhain

                                Introduction

                                Samhain is a host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS). It provides file integrity checking and log file monitoring/analysis. Additional features are rootkit detection, port monitoring, detection of rogue SUID executables, and the detection of hidden processes.

                                Samhain is typically deployed as a standalone application, although it supports centralized logging. This makes it ideal for environments with multiple systems.

                                Samhain is open source software and written by Rainer Wichmann.

                                Project details

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Samhain review

                                  67

                                  Snort

                                  Introduction

                                  Besides intrusion detection, Snort has the capabilities to prevent attacks. By taking a particular action based on traffic patterns, it can become an intrusion prevention system (IPS).

                                  Project details

                                  Snort is written in C.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + Supported by a large company
                                  • + Well-known tool

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Security monitoring

                                    Snort review

                                    93

                                    Zeek (Bro)

                                    Introduction

                                    Bro helps to perform security monitoring by looking into the network's activity. It can find suspicious data streams. Based on the data, it alert, react, and integrate with other tools.

                                    Project details

                                    Zeek is written in C++.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + More than 50 contributors
                                    • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                                    • + The source code of this software is available
                                    • + Well-known tool

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Security monitoring

                                      Zeek review

                                      100

                                      Suricata

                                      Introduction

                                      Suricata is a somewhat younger NIDS, though has a rapid development cycle. It can work with Snort rulesets, yet also has optimized rulesets for usage with Suricata itself. For example, this set is known as Emerging Threats and fully optimized.

                                      Project details

                                      Suricata is written in C, Lua.

                                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                        Typical usage

                                        • Information gathering
                                        • Intrusion detection
                                        • Network analysis
                                        • Threat discovery

                                        Suricata review

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