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)

85

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

    76

    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

    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

      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

        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

          60

          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

            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

              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

              81

              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

              • IT audit
              • Configuration audit
              • Security assessment

              CloudSploit scans 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

                60

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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

                            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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