JoomScan alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace JoomScan? During the review of JoomScan 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. CMSeeK (CMS detection and exploitation)
  2. droopescan (CMS vulnerability scanner)
  3. Arachni (web application scanner)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to JoomScan.

Alternatives (by score)

88

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

84

droopescan

Introduction

Droopescan can be used to test the security of several Content Management Systems (CMS). It mainly focuses on Drupal, SilverStripe, and Wordpress installations.

Project details

droopescan is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Web application analysis

    droopescan review

    74

    Arachni

    Introduction

    Arachni is framework written in Ruby with focus on evaluating the security of web applications. Typical users include security professionals and system administrators.

    The tooling is free and open source. Besides Linux, it also runs on macOS and Microsoft Windows.

    Project details

    Arachni is written in Ruby.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Penetration testing
      • Security assessment
      • Web application analysis

      Arachni review

      64

      w3af

      Introduction

      W3af is an open source web application attack and audit framework and helps in scanning for vulnerabilities. The tool comes with both a graphical user interface (GUI) and command line utility. Some of the project files include a copyright line of 2006. That gives a good idea on the maturity of the project, and it is one of the rare tools that is still maintained after so many years.

      Project details

      w3af is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Tool is modular and extendable
      • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Application security
        • Application testing
        • Penetration testing
        • Vulnerability scanning
        • Web application analysis

        w3af review

        64

        Yasuo

        Introduction

        Yasuo is a Ruby script that scans for vulnerable and exploitable third-party web applications. There are many remotely exploitable vulnerabilities for web applications and their front-end components. Yasuo helps to make it easier to scan for the weaknesses like remote code execution (RCE), SQL injections, and file inclusions.

        Project details

        Yasuo is written in Ruby.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Penetration testing
          • Vulnerability scanning
          • Web application analysis

          Yasuo review

          100

          ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy)

          Introduction

          ZAP is an intercepting proxy of web traffic. You will need to configure your browser to connect to the web application you wish to test through ZAP.

          Note: Zed Attack Proxy, or ZAP, is also known as zaproxy.

          Project details

          ZAP is written in Java.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 50 contributors
          • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
          • + Many maintainers
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • - Many reported issues are still open

          Typical usage

          • Penetration testing
          • Security assessment
          • Software testing
          • Web application analysis

          ZAP review

          74

          Nikto

          Introduction

          Nikto helps with performing security scans against web servers and to search for vulnerabilities in web applications.

          Project details

          Nikto is written in Perl.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Penetration testing
            • Security assessment
            • Web application analysis

            Nikto review

            64

            shcheck (Security Header Check)

            Introduction

            This simple tool is a good option to test if advised HTTP headers are available on web application and websites. It can be used as a defensive measure during development, or offensive to find weaknesses in existing applications.

            Project details

            shcheck is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + Very low number of dependencies
            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - No releases on GitHub available

            Typical usage

            • Application security
            • Web application analysis

            shcheck review

            64

            Tulpar

            Introduction

            Tulpar is a vulnerability scanner that can be used to test new or existing web applications. In the former case, it could be helpful to test a new project before it is deployed into production. This could be done by the developer or a security professional. If some web application is already in production, then it might be a good tool to perform regular testing on known vulnerabilities. In this case, it is typically a pentester or security specialist that does the testing.

            Project details

            Tulpar is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - Minimal or no documentation available

            Typical usage

            • Application security
            • Application testing
            • Web application analysis

            Tulpar review

            59

            Wapiti

            Introduction

            Wapiti is typically used to audit web applications.

            Project details

            Wapiti is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Application fuzzing
              • Vulnerability scanning
              • Web application analysis

              Wapiti review

              64

              SQLMate

              Introduction

              SQLMate is a tool to perform security assessments and vulnerability of web applications. It can discover admin panels of websites, which might be a way to break into a web application. It also has the option for dorking, which means it can find possible vulnerable targets to a particular attack.

              Project details

              SQLMate is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Penetration testing
              • Web application analysis

              SQLMate 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

                Wordstress

                Introduction

                WordPress is a popular choice among content management systems (CMS). Powering many websites and blogs, it is also a popular target. So regular updates and security testing can help to reduce the risk. WordStress can help with this testing.

                Project details

                Wordstress is written in Ruby.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Application security
                  • Vulnerability scanning
                  • Web application analysis

                  Wordstress review

                  60

                  XSSER

                  Introduction

                  XXSER helps to get from XSS to Remote Code Execution (RCE). It provides custom tools and payloads integrated with Metasploit's Meterpreter. The goal is to automate as much as possible.

                  Project details

                  XSSER is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • - Minimal or no documentation available

                  Typical usage

                  • Penetration testing
                  • Security assessment
                  • Web application analysis

                  XSSER review

                  60

                  VHostScan

                  Introduction

                  Tools like VHostScan are powerful to perform reconnaissance and discover configuration defaults. This can be useful during penetration tests or security testing, to see if a system has been stripped from default pages. If not, this tool might discover them and provide valuable information about the system.

                  Project details

                  VHostScan is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Reconnaissance

                    VHostScan review

                    60

                    Jackhammer

                    Introduction

                    The tool uses RBAC (Role Based Access Control) with different levels of access. Jackhammer uses several tools to do dynamic and static code analysis (e.g. for Java, Ruby, Python, and Nodejs). It checks also for vulnerabilities in libraries. Due to its modular architecture, it can use several scanners out of the box, with options to add your own.

                    The Jackhammer project was initially added to GitHub on the 8th of May, 2017.

                    Project details

                    Jackhammer is written in Ruby.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Collaboration
                      • Information sharing

                      Jackhammer review

                      100

                      Anchore

                      Introduction

                      Anchore is a tool to help with discovering, analyzing and certifying container images. These images can be stored both on-premises or in the cloud. The tooling is mainly focused on developer so that perform analysis on their container images. Typical actions include running queries, creating reports, or set up policies for a continuous integration and deployment pipeline.

                      Project details

                      Anchore is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                        Typical usage

                        • System hardening

                        Anchore 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

                          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

                          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

                            Damn Small FI Scanner (DSFS)

                            Introduction

                            None

                            Project details

                            Damn Small FI Scanner is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Security assessment
                              • Vulnerability scanning

                              Damn Small FI Scanner review

                              64

                              Damn Small JS Scanner (DSJS)

                              Introduction

                              None

                              Project details

                              Damn Small JS Scanner is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Penetration testing
                                • Security assessment

                                Damn Small JS Scanner 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

                                100

                                Lynis

                                Introduction

                                Lynis is an open source security auditing tool that is available since 2007 and created by Michael Boelen. Its primary goal is to evaluate the security defenses of systems running Linux or other flavors of Unix. It provides suggestions to install, configure, or correct any security measures.

                                Project details

                                Lynis is written in shell script.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + More than 50 contributors
                                • + Commercial support available
                                • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
                                • + Used language is shell script
                                • + Very low number of dependencies
                                • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • IT audit
                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Security assessment
                                  • System hardening
                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  Lynis review

                                  78

                                  Nmap

                                  Introduction

                                  Nmap is short for "Network Mapper". It is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. It was release in September of 1997 by Gordon Lyon, commonly known under his pseudonym "Fyodor".

                                  Project details

                                  Nmap is written in C, C++, Lua, Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                                  • + The source code of this software is available
                                  • + Well-known author
                                  • + Well-known tool
                                  • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Network scanning
                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  Nmap review

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