Jackhammer alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Jackhammer? During the review of Jackhammer 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. graudit (static code analysis tool)
  2. Bandit (Python static code analyzer)
  3. Brakeman (static code analyzer for Ruby on Rails)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Jackhammer.

Alternatives (by score)

93

graudit

Introduction

Analysis of source code helps to find programming flaws including those that can lead to software vulnerabilities. Graudit helps to uncover these by searching through the files and discover possible flaws. The tool supports languages like ASP, C, Perl, PHP, Python, and others.

Project details

graudit 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
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Code analysis

    graudit review

    84

    Bandit

    Introduction

    Bandit is a tool that can be used during development or afterward. Typically this is used by developers to find common security issues in Python code before putting the code in production. Another use-case would be to use this tool to analyze existing projects and find possible flaws.

    Project details

    Bandit is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 50 contributors
    • + The source code of this software is available
    • + Supported by a large company

      Typical usage

      • Code analysis

      Bandit review

      100

      Brakeman

      Introduction

      Brakeman is a static code analysis tool for Ruby on Rails to perform a security review. It comes as an open source project with optional commercial support.

      Project details

      Brakeman is written in Ruby.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Commercial support available
      • + More than 5000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - Commercial usage is restricted to some extent

      Typical usage

      • Code analysis

      Brakeman review

      93

      Cppcheck

      Introduction

      Cppcheck is a static code analysis tool for C and C++ code. It helps to discover bugs that would not be picked up by compilers, yet avoid any false positives.

      Project details

      Cppcheck is written in C++.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Code analysis

        Cppcheck review

        85

        gosec

        Introduction

        Gosec is a security tool that performs a static code analysis for Golang projects for security flaws. The scan is performed on the so-called abstract syntax tree (AST). Gosec checks for common flaws that may be part of the selected project.

        Project details

        gosec is written in Golang.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 25 contributors
        • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Code analysis
          • Safe software development

          gosec review

          60

          PyT (Python Taint)

          Introduction

          Python Taint (or PyT) is a static code analyzer for Python scripts and applications. It tries to discover vulnerabilities or other possible weaknesses.

          Project details

          PyT is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Code analysis

            PyT review

            56

            Shellyzer

            Introduction

            Shell scripts are easy to create and often used by system administrator and developers. Although the language is fairly easy, there is a good number of best practices when creating them. Tools like Shellyzer can help auditing these scripts and improve the code or discover vulnerabilities.

            Project details

            Shellyzer is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Code analysis

            Shellyzer review

            74

            angr

            Introduction

            Tools like angr are great for performing in-depth analysis of binaries. This could be the analysis of an unknown binary, like a collected malware sample.

            Project details

            angr is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Binary analysis
              • Malware analysis

              angr review

              100

              Archery

              Introduction

              Archery is a tool that helps to collect data about vulnerabilities within an environment. Instead of focusing on the actual scanning, it allows managing findings in a web-based interface. This includes options like reporting, searching, and dashboards. It can interact with other tools, including the well-known vulnerability scanners.

              Project details

              Archery is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Penetration testing
                • Vulnerability management
                • Vulnerability scanning
                • Vulnerability testing

                Archery review

                80

                CMSeeK

                Introduction

                CMSeeK is a security scanner for content management systems (CMS). It can perform a wide range of functions starting from the detection of the CMS, up to vulnerability scanning. The tool claims to support over 100 different CMS tools, with extensive support for the commonly used ones like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.

                The scans performed by CMSeeK include version detection. It can also do enumeration of users, plugins, and themes. This might be useful to see what users or components are available. The tool includes admin page discovery, file discovery, and directory listing. Anything that might be useful to a penetration test or security assessment, might be displayed.

                Project details

                CMSeeK is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Penetration testing
                • Software exploitation
                • Software identification
                • Vulnerability scanning

                CMSeeK review

                60

                Dagda

                Introduction

                The main reasons to use Dagda is the detection of vulnerable or malicious components within your containerized environment.

                Project details

                Dagda is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Malware detection
                  • Malware scanning
                  • Vulnerability management
                  • Vulnerability scanning

                  Dagda review

                  64

                  LFI Suite

                  Introduction

                  This tool is a useful addition to the pentesting toolbox of security professionals. It can help discover and exploit any local file inclusion weakness in applications. Upon success, a reverse shell can be used to get access to the system.

                  Project details

                  LFI Suite is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Penetration testing
                  • Web application analysis

                  LFI Suite review

                  97

                  OpenVAS

                  Introduction

                  OpenVAS is an open source vulnerability scanner that emerged from when Nessus became closed source in October of 2005.

                  Project details

                  OpenVAS is written in C.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • + Well-known tool

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Security assessment
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    OpenVAS review

                    81

                    Safety

                    Introduction

                    When having applications deployed in your environment, not all of those may be installed via a package manager. When your infrastructure grows, it becomes even harder to know which tools are properly patched and which ones are not. For Python applications, this is where Safety comes in that can help scan installed software components via pip. It will also look at any of the dependencies that are installed.

                    Project details

                    Safety is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                      Typical usage

                      • Penetration testing
                      • Security assessment
                      • Security monitoring
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      Safety review

                      64

                      salt-scanner

                      Introduction

                      Salt-scanner is Linux vulnerability scanner based on Salt Open and Vulners audit API. It has Slack notifications and JIRA integration.

                      Project details

                      salt-scanner is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                      Typical usage

                      • Penetration testing
                      • Security assessment
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      salt-scanner review

                      85

                      BAP (Binary Analysis Platform)

                      Introduction

                      The main purpose of BAP is to provide a toolkit for program analysis. This platform comes as a complete package with a set of tools, libraries, and related plugins. There are bindings available for C, Python, and Rust.

                      Project details

                      BAP is written in OCaml.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                        Typical usage

                        • Binary analysis
                        • Malware analysis

                        BAP review

                        100

                        Frida

                        Introduction

                        Frida allows developers and researchers to inject custom scripts into black box processes. This way it can provide a hook into any function, allowing to trace executed instructions. The source code is not needed. Frida even allows direct manipulation and see the results. The tool comes with bindings for different programming languages, allowing to interact with processes. Example of the bindings that Frida provides include Python, Swift, .NET, Qt/Qml, and C API.

                        Project details

                        Frida is written in C.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 10 contributors
                        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                        • + Many releases available
                        • + Project is mature (5+ years)
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Black-box testing
                          • Reverse engineering

                          Frida review

                          85

                          pyelftools

                          Introduction

                          This toolkit is used by other software, or standalone. Its main purpose is to parse binary ELF files and DWARF debugging information. This can be useful during malware analysis or troubleshooting issues with programs.

                          Project details

                          pyelftools 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

                            • Binary analysis
                            • Malware analysis

                            pyelftools review

                            78

                            PyREBox

                            Introduction

                            PyREBox is short for Python scriptable Reverse Engineering Sandbox. It provides dynamic analysis and debugging capabilities of a running QEMU virtual machine. The primary usage is the analysis of running processes to perform reverse engineering. PyREBox can change parts of the running system by changing data in memory or within processor registers.

                            Project details

                            PyREBox is written in C++, Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Binary analysis
                              • Malware analysis
                              • Reverse engineering

                              PyREBox 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

                                85

                                arch-audit

                                Introduction

                                Arch-audit is a small utility that scans the system for known vulnerabilities on Arch Linux. It can be used by users of the Linux distribution to know when to update and what packages have weaknesses. With Arch Linux being a rolling distribution, this may improve the interval or timing of software patching.

                                Project details

                                arch-audit is written in Rust.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Software management
                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  arch-audit 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

                                    78

                                    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

                                      78

                                      Pocsuite

                                      Introduction

                                      Pocsuite is a remote vulnerability testing and development framework. It can be used by penetration testers and vulnerability researchers.

                                      Project details

                                      Pocsuite 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

                                        • Vulnerability development
                                        • Vulnerability testing

                                        Pocsuite review

                                        60

                                        Pompem

                                        Introduction

                                        Pompem is written in Python and helps pentesters to search public sources for vulnerability information and a related exploit.

                                        Sources

                                        • CXSecurity
                                        • National Vulnerability Database
                                        • PacketStorm security
                                        • Vulners
                                        • WPScan Vulnerability Database
                                        • ZeroDay

                                        Project details

                                        Pompem is written in Python.

                                        Strengths and weaknesses

                                        • + The source code of this software is available

                                          Typical usage

                                          • Vulnerability scanning

                                          Pompem review

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