Heralding alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Heralding? During the review of Heralding 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. Cowrie (SSH/telnet honeypot)
  2. Dionaea (honeypot)
  3. Dockpot (SSH honeypot based on Docker)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Heralding.

Alternatives (by score)

93

Cowrie

Introduction

Cowrie is a honeypot to emulate SSH and telnet services. It can be used to learn attack methods and as an additional layer for security monitoring.

Project details

Cowrie is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • Learning
    • Security monitoring
    • Threat discovery

    Cowrie review

    60

    Dionaea

    Introduction

    Dionaea is a honeypot that can emulate a range of services like FTP, HTTP, MySQL, and SMB. It can be used to see and learn how attackers work.

    Project details

    Dionaea is written in C.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available
    • - Full name of author is unknown

    Typical usage

    • Learning
    • Threat discovery

    Dionaea review

    56

    Dockpot

    Introduction

    Using an SSH honeypot is a good way to learn about common attacks on the SSH service. It can provide insights on the number of scans and probes on the network.

    Project details

    Dockpot is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Learning
    • Threat discovery

    Dockpot review

    64

    HonSSH

    Introduction

    HonSSH is a high-interaction SSH honeypot to collect information about attackers that target the SSH service.

    Project details

    HonSSH is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Learning
    • Threat discovery

    HonSSH review

    63

    Kojoney

    Introduction

    Kojoney is a mix of the Spanish word cojon (s/c/k/) and honey.

    Project details

    56

    Kojoney2

    Introduction

    Kojoney2 is an SSH honeypot based on Kojoney by Jose Antonio Coret. It can be used to learn about threats by mimicking an SSH service.

    Project details

    Kojoney2 is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Learning
    • Threat discovery

    Kojoney2 review

    64

    mehrai

    Introduction

    Honeypots like mehrai can be used to learn more about incoming attacks. It might be useful to determine threats to your network or about the steps that attackers perform.

    Project details

    mehrai is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Learning
      • Network security monitoring
      • Security monitoring

      mehrai review

      64

      MTPot

      Introduction

      MTPot is a so-called telnet honeypot that allows to bind and listen on a specific port. It can be configured to allow specific commands and the related responses to return. The tool also performs fingerprinting to discover what type of attack is occuring and send these details via syslog.

      Project details

      MTPot is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Very low number of dependencies
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Learning
        • Threat discovery

        MTPot review

        64

        sshesame

        Introduction

        A honeypot can provide valuable insights on commands that automated scripts perform or attackers. By running a honeypot like sshesame, connection details and commands are stored for later analysis. The system itself won't execute the actual commands, to prevent any damage to it.

        Project details

        sshesame is written in Golang.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Learning
        • Threat discovery

        sshesame review

        64

        SSHHiPot

        Introduction

        SSHHiPot is a high-interaction SSH honeypot. It captures connections and commands that are to be performed, for the purpose of learning about possible threats.

        Project details

        SSHHiPot is written in Golang.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Learning
          • Threat discovery

          SSHHiPot review

          64

          SSH Honeypot

          Introduction

          SSH Honeypot is as the name implies a honeypot to emulate the SSH service. It can be used to learn about threats and commands used by attackers.

          Project details

          SSH Honeypot is written in C.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Learning
            • Threat discovery

            SSH Honeypot review

            85

            TANNER

            Introduction

            TANNER and SNARE are used together to form one solution.

            Project details

            97

            Thug

            Introduction

            The honeypot concept is a well-known technique to collect attack patterns on servers and systems. Tools like Thug are considered to be a honeyclient, or client honeypot. These tools collect attacks against client applications. For example by mimicking a web application and visit a malicious page to see if any code is attacking the application.

            Project details

            Thug is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Learning
              • Malware analysis
              • Threat discovery

              Thug review

              85

              changeme

              Introduction

              Supported protocols:

              • HTTP/HTTPS
              • MSSQL
              • MySQL
              • PostgreSQL
              • SSH
              • SSH with key

              Project details

              changeme is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Password strength testing
                • Security assessment

                changeme review

                78

                CloudSploit scans

                Introduction

                CloudSploit scans is an open source software project to test security risks related to an AWS account. It runs tests against your Amazon account and aims to discover any potential misconfigured setting or other risks.

                Project details

                CloudSploit scans is written in Node.js.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 10 contributors
                • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - No releases on GitHub available

                Typical usage

                • Configuration audit
                • IT audit
                • Security assessment

                CloudSploit scans review

                63

                keimpx

                Introduction

                The keimpx security tool can be used to check for valid credentials across a network. It uses the SMB protocol, typically used on Microsoft Windows and others.

                Project details

                keimpx is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Penetration testing
                  • Security assessment

                  keimpx review

                  64

                  RouterSploit

                  Introduction

                  RouterSploit is a framework to exploit embedded devices such as cameras and routers. It can be used during penetration testing to test the security of a wide variety of devices. RouterSploit comes with several modules to scan and exploit the devices. The tool helps in all steps, like from credential testing to deploying a payload to perform an exploitation attempt.

                  Project details

                  RouterSploit is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 50 contributors
                  • + More than 6000 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Self-assessment
                    • Software testing
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    RouterSploit review

                    70

                    Conpot

                    Introduction

                    Conpot is an ICS honeypot to collect intelligence and information about attacks against industrial control systems. It is written in Python.

                    Project details

                    Conpot is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + More than 25 contributors
                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Information gathering
                      • Intrusion detection
                      • Learning

                      Conpot review

                      60

                      HoneyPi

                      Introduction

                      A honeypot is useful to learn more about the network probes that are happening. As this project uses a Raspberry Pi, the investments for a deployment are low.

                      Project details

                      HoneyPi is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Learning
                        • Network analysis

                        HoneyPi review

                        52

                        Honeyprint

                        Introduction

                        There is not much information available about this project, as it is a proof-of-concept on GitHub. It is written by Lukas Rist in 2013, and placed on GitHub early 2016.

                        Project details

                        60

                        HoneyPy

                        Introduction

                        The honeypot can be extended by plugins and customization is possible as well. This may increase the interaction level that the honeypot can support. All activity is logged to a file, with the option to post activity to Twitter or a web server.

                        Project details

                        HoneyPy is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Security monitoring

                          HoneyPy review

                          64

                          HonTel

                          Introduction

                          HonTel is a honeypot that emulates the telnet service within a chroot environment. It can be used to learn about enumeration activities or new attack methods.

                          Project details

                          HonTel is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Learning
                            • Security monitoring

                            HonTel review

                            70

                            SNARE

                            Introduction

                            SNARE is an abbreviation for Super Next generation Advanced Reactive honEypot.

                            Project details

                            SNARE is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Security monitoring

                              SNARE review

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