HoneyPi alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace HoneyPi? During the review of HoneyPi 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. Conpot (ICS/SCADA honeypot)
  2. Cowrie (SSH/telnet honeypot)
  3. Dionaea (honeypot)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to HoneyPi.

Alternatives (by score)

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

    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

      85

      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

      85

      Heralding

      Introduction

      Heralding is a simple honeypot to collect credentials. It supports common protocols like FTP, SSH, HTTP, etc.

      Project details

      Heralding is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Many releases available
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Heralding 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

        85

        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

          88

          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

          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

            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

                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

                  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

                      84

                      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

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