John the Ripper alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace John the Ripper? During the review of John the Ripper 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. THC Hydra (password discovery)
  2. Patator (multi-purpose brute-force tool)
  3. hashcat (password recovery tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to John the Ripper.

Alternatives (by score)

100

THC Hydra (thc-hydra)

Introduction

THC Hydra is a brute-force cracking tool for remote authentication services. It supports many protocols, including telnet, FTP, LDAP, SSH, SNMP, and others.

Project details

THC Hydra is written in C.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 25 contributors
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Penetration testing
    • Security assessment

    THC Hydra review

    60

    Patator

    Introduction

    Patator is based on similar tools like Hydra, yet with the goal to avoid the common flaws these tools have like performance limitations. The tool is modular and supports different types of brute-force attacks or enumeration of information.

    Project details

    Patator is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Password discovery
      • Penetration testing
      • Reconnaissance
      • Vulnerability scanning

      Patator review

      93

      hashcat

      Introduction

      Hashcat can be used to discover lost passwords, or as part of a security assignment. For example, it could be trying to crack a password from a password file that was obtained during a penetration test.

      Project details

      hashcat is written in C.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 25 contributors
      • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • + Well-known tool

        Typical usage

        • Password discovery

        hashcat review

        84

        0d1n

        Introduction

        0d1n is useful to perform brute-force login attempts for authentication forms. It can discover useful directory names by using a predefined list of paths. With options to use a random proxy per request and load CSRF tokens, it is a tool that can be used in different type of assignments.

        Project details

        0d1n is written in C.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Information gathering
          • Penetration testing
          • Security assessment
          • Vulnerability scanning

          0d1n review

          85

          aiodnsbrute (Async DNS Brute)

          Introduction

          When a project requires resolving or guessing host names, then this tool is a great addition to the toolkit. It focuses on 'fast' by using asynchronous operations. The list of names to try is provided with a wordlist.

          Project details

          aiodnsbrute is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Network scanning
            • Penetration testing

            aiodnsbrute review

            60

            Crowbar

            Introduction

            While most brute forcing tools take a similar approach, Crowbar can use different methods that are not always available in other utilities. For example, Crowbar can use SSH keys, instead of the typical username and password combination. This might be useful during penetration testing when these type of details are discovered.

            Project details

            Crowbar is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Penetration testing

              Crowbar review

              60

              dirsearch

              Introduction

              Dirsearch is a tool to guide security professionals to find possible information leaks or sensitive data. It does this by looking for directory and file names.

              Project details

              dirsearch is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 10 contributors
              • + More than 500 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Information gathering
                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment

                dirsearch review

                85

                django-axes

                Introduction

                This tool may be used by developers that work with the Django framework. It adds a security layer on top of the application by looking at login attempts and track them.

                Project details

                django-axes is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Application security

                  django-axes review

                  81

                  Fail2ban

                  Introduction

                  Fail2Ban is an intrusion prevention software framework that protects computer servers from brute-force attacks

                  Project details

                  Fail2ban is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Network traffic filtering
                    • Security monitoring

                    Fail2ban review

                    64

                    IKEForce

                    Introduction

                    IKEForce is a command line utility to brute force VPN connections (IPSEC) that allow group name/ID enumeration and XAUTH.

                    Project details

                    IKEForce is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      IKEForce review

                      72

                      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

                        Wfuzz

                        Introduction

                        Wfuzz is a fuzzing tool written in Python. Tools like Wfuzz are typically used to test web applications and how they handle both expected as unexpected input.

                        Project details

                        Wfuzz is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Application fuzzing
                          • Application security
                          • Application testing
                          • Web application analysis

                          Wfuzz review

                          60

                          WPForce

                          Introduction

                          This toolkit is fairly new and consists of WPForce and Yertle. As the name implies, the first component has the focus on brute force attacking of login credentials. When admin credentials have been found, it is Yertle that allows uploading a shell. Yertle also has post-exploitation modules for further research.

                          Project details

                          WPForce 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
                          • Security assessment
                          • Vulnerability scanning

                          WPForce review

                          52

                          WPSeku

                          Introduction

                          With WPSeku a WordPress installation can be tested for the presence of security issues. Some examples are cross-site scripting (XSS), sql injection, and local file inclusion. The tool also tests for the presence of default configuration files. These files may reveal version numbers, used themes and plugins.

                          Project details

                          WPSeku is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Penetration testing
                          • Security assessment
                          • Vulnerability scanning

                          WPSeku review

                          100

                          Buttercup for desktop

                          Introduction

                          The typical users have at least a multitude of ten when it comes to passwords. Ensuring that every website has a unique password and remembering, is almost impossible. Passwords managers like Buttercup help with the generation and secure storage of these secrets. It is freely available and open source, making it a good alternative for commercial options.

                          Project details

                          Buttercup for desktop is written in Node.js.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                            Typical usage

                            • Password management

                            Buttercup for desktop review

                            96

                            Confidant

                            Introduction

                            Most applications with a connection to a database or other software component, need some form of authentication. Often the related credentials are stored in a configuration file. A secret manager like Confidant will provide an alternative, by storing the details in a database. Only applications that need to access the secrets are allowed to obtain them. Often system administrators are denied access to them.

                            Project details

                            Confidant is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                            • + The source code of this software is available
                            • + Supported by a large company

                              Typical usage

                              • Secrets management
                              • Secure storage

                              Confidant review

                              63

                              KeePassX

                              Introduction

                              The database is encrypted with AES (alias Rijndael) or Twofish encryption algorithm using a 256-bit key. KeePassX uses a database format that is compatible with KeePass Password Safe.

                              Project details

                              KeePassX is written in C++.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Secure storage

                              KeePassX review

                              97

                              KeePassXC

                              Introduction

                              KeePassXC is a cross-platform platform to store sensitive data like passwords, keys, and other secrets. It has a graphical user interface and is written in C++.

                              Project details

                              KeePassXC is written in C++.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Password management
                                • Secure storage

                                KeePassXC review

                                76

                                LaZagne

                                Introduction

                                The LaZagne tool can be a good addition to the toolkit of pentesters or forensic specialists to recover sensitive details from systems. For a pentester, this typically means that limited access has been gained. By trying to find passwords from local applications, the step to other applications or privilege level might be possible. For example, a password that is shared among multiple services, or even finding an administrator password.

                                Project details

                                LaZagne is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + More than 10 contributors
                                • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Data extraction
                                  • Information gathering
                                  • Password discovery
                                  • Password recovery

                                  LaZagne review

                                  56

                                  mimipenguin

                                  Introduction

                                  The tool requires root permissions to work.

                                  Project details

                                  mimipenguin is written in Python, shell script.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + The source code of this software is available
                                  • - No releases on GitHub available
                                  • - Full name of author is unknown

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Information gathering
                                  • Security assessment

                                  mimipenguin review

                                  64

                                  mimipy

                                  Introduction

                                  The mimipy tool is based on the work of mimipenguin and ported to Python. It can extract passwords from memory or overwrite them to prevent capture.

                                  Project details

                                  mimipy is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + The source code of this software is available

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Data extraction
                                    • Information gathering
                                    • Security assessment

                                    mimipy review

                                    60

                                    not24get

                                    Introduction

                                    API: pwdCheckModule object in ppolicy.
                                    Executable: "check password script" in Samba suite (not24get_check)

                                    This module is a wrapper around libpasswdqc, the library that powers the pam_passwdqc module.

                                    Project details

                                    not24get is written in C.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + The source code of this software is available

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Password strength testing

                                      not24get review

                                      48

                                      pass (password-store)

                                      Introduction

                                      The pass utility is also known as password-store. It uses GPG and Unix directories to store passwords and others secrets.

                                      Project details

                                      60

                                      PassGen

                                      Introduction

                                      PassGen is a tool to help with password dictionary attacks to guess a password. It does not perform the attack but creates the related database.

                                      Project details

                                      PassGen is written in Python.

                                      Strengths and weaknesses

                                      • + The source code of this software is available

                                        Typical usage

                                        • Password discovery
                                        • Password strength testing
                                        • Security assessment

                                        PassGen review

                                        60

                                        Passmgr

                                        Introduction

                                        Passmgr is a simple portable password manager written in Go. It helps with storing secrets, like passwords and API keys.

                                        Project details

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