InstaRecon alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace InstaRecon? During the review of InstaRecon 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. Sn1per (automated pentest recon scanner)
  2. p0f (passive fingerprinting tool)
  3. AutoNessus (scheduling of vulnerability scans)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to InstaRecon.

Alternatives (by score)

78

Sn1per

Introduction

Sn1per is security scanner that can be used during a penetration test to enumerate and scan for vulnerabilities.

Project details

Sn1per is written in Python, shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • Penetration testing
  • Reconnaissance

Sn1per review

56

p0f

Introduction

This tool is a great addition to nmap, especially if that reveals not reliable data or none at all. Due to the passive way of working, it won't be detected nor influences any connection.

- Version 3 of p0f is a full rewrite
- The idea for p0f dates back to June 10, 2000
- Tool can run in foreground or as a daemon process

Common uses for p0f include reconnaissance during penetration tests; routine network monitoring; detection of unauthorized network interconnects in corporate environments; providing signals for abuse-prevention tools; and miscellaneous forensics.

Project details

Strengths and weaknesses

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

    p0f review

    64

    AutoNessus (autonessus)

    Introduction

    This tool is useful to time scans, for example by having it run outside of business hours, and stop when the day starts.

    Note: originally another tool was named AutoNessus. That is now Seccubus.

    Project details

    AutoNessus is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Vulnerability scanning

    AutoNessus review

    74

    Cuckoo Sandbox (cuckoo)

    Introduction

    In a matter of seconds, Cuckoo Sandbox provides detailed results on what a file does within an isolated environment. This helps with malware analysis and understanding what it exactly tries to achieve. Further analysis can be done, based on the previous actions that were done.

    Cuckoo Sandbox was created by Claudio Guarnieri as part of the Google Summer of Code project in 2010.

    Project details

    Cuckoo Sandbox is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available
    • - Many provided pull requests are still open
    • - Many reported issues are still open

    Typical usage

    • Digital forensics
    • Malware analysis

    Cuckoo Sandbox review

    74

    Seccubus

    Introduction

    Supported engines and tools:

    • Nessus
    • OpenVAS
    • Nmap
    • Nikto
    • Medusa
    • Qualys SSL labs
    • SkipFish
    • SSLyze
    • testssl.sh
    • ZAP

    Project details

    70

    Viper

    Introduction

    Viper organizes the malware samples and exploits you found over time. It calls itself "Metasploit for malware researchers". Viper has a terminal interface to store, search and analyze files. As it is a framework, is also allows you to create your plugins.

    Project details

    60

    APT2 (apt2)

    Introduction

    APT2 stands for Automated Penetration Testing Toolkit.

    APT2 performs a scan with Nmap or can import the results of a scan from Nexpose or Nessus. The processed results will be used in the second phase. This phase launches exploit and enumeration modules. It helps pentesters to automate assessments and tasks.

    Suggested components to have installed: convert, dirb, hydra, java, john, ldapsearch, msfconsole, nmap, nmblookup, phantomjs, responder, rpcclient, secretsdump.py, smbclient, snmpwalk, sslscan, xwd

    Project details

    APT2 is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Penetration testing
      • Security assessment

      APT2 review

      85

      BeEF

      Introduction

      BeEF is used by penetration testers to assess the security of a system by leveraging the web browser. This makes the tool different to many other tools, as it ignores the security on network or system level. It uses command modules from within the web browser to perform requested attacks against the system.

      Project details

      56

      domain

      Introduction

      Domain is a Python script written by Jason Haddix to combine the tools Recon-ng and altdns. It allows to use the two tool one multiple domains within the same session.

      Project details

      domain is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 500 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - Unknown project license

      Typical usage

      • Subdomain enumeration

      domain review

      100

      Faraday

      Introduction

      Faraday helps teams to collaborate when working on penetration tests or vulnerability management. It stores related security information in one place, which can be easily tracked and tested by other colleagues.

      Project details

      Faraday is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Commercial support available
      • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Collaboration
        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment
        • Vulnerability scanning

        Faraday review

        64

        fsociety

        Introduction

        The fsociety toolkit is a penetration framework containing other security tools. The project states that is includes all the tools that are used in the Mr. Robot tv series.

        Project details

        fsociety is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 10 contributors
        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - Full name of author is unknown

        Typical usage

        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment

        fsociety review

        74

        Metasploit Framework

        Introduction

        Metasploit is a framework that consists of tools to perform security assignments. It focuses on the offensive side of security and leverages exploit modules.

        Project details

        Metasploit Framework is written in Ruby.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 400 contributors
        • + More than 9000 stars
        • + Many maintainers
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • + Supported by a large company
        • + Well-known tool

          Typical usage

          • Penetration testing
          • Security assessment
          • Vulnerability scanning

          Metasploit Framework review

          64

          OWTF (Offensive Web Testing Framework)

          Introduction

          OWTF is short for Offensive Web Testing Framework and it is one of the many OWASP projects to improve security.

          Project details

          OWTF is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 25 contributors
          • + More than 500 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Penetration testing
            • Security assessment

            OWTF review

            100

            PTF (The PenTesters Framework)

            Introduction

            PTF or the PenTesters Framework is a Python script to keep your penetration testing toolkit up-to-date. It is designed for distributions running Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, or related clones. PTF will do the retrieval, compilation, and installation of the tools that you use. As it is a modular framework, you can use many of the common pentesting tools or add your own tools.

            Project details

            PTF is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Penetration testing
              • Security assessment
              • Software management
              • Software testing

              PTF review

              74

              SearchSploit

              Introduction

              SearchSploit is a small by OffensiveSecurity to search for exploits and related data in the exploit database (Exploit-DB). This may help penetration testers in their security assignments.

              Project details

              SearchSploit 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
              • - Full name of author is unknown

              Typical usage

              • Information gathering
              • Penetration testing
              • Service exploitation
              • System exploitation
              • Vulnerability testing

              SearchSploit review

              60

              TheDoc

              Introduction

              TheDoc is a tool written in shell-script to automate the usage of sqlmap. It comes with a built-in admin finder and hash cracker, using the Hashcat tool.

              Project details

              TheDoc is written in shell script.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + Used language is shell script
              • + Very low number of dependencies
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • - Full name of author is unknown
              • - Unknown project license

              Typical usage

              • Penetration testing

              TheDoc review

              64

              WarBerryPi

              Introduction

              WarBerryPi is a toolkit to provide a hardware implant during Physical penetration testing or red teaming. The primary goal of the tool is to obtain as much information as possible, in a short period of time. The secondary goal is to be stealthy to avoid detection. As the name implies, the tool can be used on a small device like a RaspberryPi.

              Another use-case of WarBerryPi is to be an entry point to the network. In that case, a 3G connection is suggested, to avoid the outgoing network filtering (egress rules).

              Project details

              WarBerryPi is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • - Minimal or no documentation available
              • - No releases on GitHub available

              Typical usage

              • Information gathering
              • Information snooping
              • Penetration testing
              • Red teaming

              WarBerryPi review

              56

              0trace.py

              Introduction

              This security tool enables the user to perform hop enumeration (similar to traceroute). Instead of sending actual packets, it uses an established TCP connection.

              Project details

              0trace.py is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + Project is mature (10+ years)
              • - Unknown project license

              Typical usage

              • Bypassing firewall rules
              • Bypassing security measures
              • Reconnaissance

              0trace.py review

              74

              DataSploit

              Introduction

              DataSploit is a framework to perform intelligence gathering to discover credentials, domain information, and other information related to the target. It uses various reconnaissance techniques on companies, people, phone numbers, and even cryptocoin technology. It allows aggregating all raw data and return it in multiple formats.

              Project details

              DataSploit is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 10 contributors
              • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Information gathering
                • OSINT research
                • Security monitoring

                DataSploit review

                100

                detectem

                Introduction

                Detectem can be a good early vulnerability detection system. By scanning regularly the dependencies of web applications, old versions of tools can be detected and upgraded. This tool is also helpful for penetration tests to find out what kind of software components are used.

                Project details

                detectem is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Application security
                  • Application testing
                  • Reconnaissance
                  • Vulnerability scanning

                  detectem review

                  64

                  Domain Analyzer

                  Introduction

                  Domain Analyzer is an information gathering tool and comes in handy for reconnaissance. This can be useful for doing penetration testing or evaluating what information is publically available about your own domains. Some pieces of information that can be discovered include DNS servers, IP addresses, mail servers, SPF information, open ports, and more.

                  Project details

                  Domain Analyzer is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                  • + Very low number of dependencies
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Information gathering
                    • Penetration testing

                    Domain Analyzer review

                    76

                    Gitem

                    Introduction

                    Gitem is a reconnaissance tool to extract information about organizations on GitHub. It can be used to find the leaking of sensitive data.

                    Project details

                    Gitem is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Information gathering
                      • Security assessment
                      • Security monitoring
                      • Self-assessment

                      Gitem review

                      100

                      Intrigue Core

                      Introduction

                      Intrigue Core provides a framework to measure the attack surface of an environment. This includes discovering infrastructure and applications, performing security research, and doing vulnerability discovery.

                      Intrigue also allows enriching available data and perform OSINT research (open source intelligence). The related scans include DNS subdomain brute-forcing, email harvesting, IP geolocation, port scanning, and using public search engines like Censys, Shodan, and Bing.

                      Project details

                      Intrigue Core is written in Ruby.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Asset discovery
                        • Attack surface measurement
                        • Intelligence gathering
                        • OSINT research
                        • Penetration testing
                        • Security assessment

                        Intrigue Core review

                        100

                        IVRE

                        Introduction

                        IVRE is a framework to perform reconnaissance for network traffic. It leverages other tools to pull in the data and show it in the web interface.

                        Project details

                        IVRE is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 10 contributors
                        • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Digital forensics
                          • Information gathering
                          • Intrusion detection
                          • Network analysis

                          IVRE review

                          74

                          OSINT Framework

                          Introduction

                          The OSINT framework provides a collection of tools to gather and parse public data. The tool is web-based and makes it easy to find tools for a particular task.

                          Project details

                          OSINT Framework is written in JavaScript.

                          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

                          • Footprinting
                          • Intelligence gathering
                          • OSINT research
                          • Reconnaissance

                          OSINT Framework review

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