Kube-Bench alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Kube-Bench? During the review of Kube-Bench 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. kubeaudit (Kubernetes security scanner)
  2. K8Guard (monitoring and accounting for Kubernetes)
  3. Cloud Security Suite (cloud security toolkit)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Kube-Bench.

Alternatives (by score)

84

kubeaudit

Introduction

Kubeaudit is a command line tool to audit Kubernetes clusters. It helps to test on various security risks, that may be introduced during deployment.

Project details

kubeaudit is written in Golang.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

    Typical usage

    • Configuration audit
    • Security awareness

    kubeaudit review

    74

    K8Guard

    Introduction

    The primary goal of K8Guard is monitoring the environment. Instead of focusing on availability, K8Guard helps to detect misbehaving resources. These resources could be Deployments, DaemonSets, Ingresses, Jobs/CronJobs, Namespaces, Pods, and ResourceQuotas.

    Project details

    K8Guard is written in Golang.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Event monitoring

      K8Guard review

      68

      Cloud Security Suite (CS Suite)

      Introduction

      Cloud Security Suite (CS Suite) is a security toolkit that allows scanning Amazon, Google, and Azure cloud platforms. It leverages tools like Lynis, Prowler, and Scout2 to collect all information. The promise of the tool is to simplify the installation of the tools, their configuration, and the data collection.

      Project details

      Cloud Security Suite is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Configuration audit
      • IT audit
      • Penetration testing
      • System hardening

      Cloud Security Suite review

      78

      CloudSploit scans

      Introduction

      CloudSploit scans is an open source software project to test security risks related to an AWS account. It runs tests against your Amazon account and aims to discover any potential misconfigured setting or other risks.

      Project details

      CloudSploit scans is written in Node.js.

      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

      • Configuration audit
      • IT audit
      • Security assessment

      CloudSploit scans review

      60

      iniscan

      Introduction

      Iniscan scans a given php.ini file and tests it against security best practices. It reports back the results by showing a Pass or Fail for each related test. As it is a command-line utility, it can be used in automated testing.

      Project details

      iniscan is written in PHP.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Configuration audit
        • Security assessment

        iniscan review

        64

        LUNAR

        Introduction

        LUNAR is short for Lockdown UNix Auditing and Reporting and runs on the system itself.

        Project details

        LUNAR is written in shell script.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Security assessment
          • Self-assessment
          • System hardening

          LUNAR 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

            60

            orthrus

            Introduction

            Orthrus is a security framework and auditing tool. It allows monitoring and analyzing security configurations across multiple environments.

            Project details

            orthrus is written in Golang.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - Project is in early phase and may be unstable

            Typical usage

            • Security assessment
            • Self-assessment
            • System hardening
            • Vulnerability scanning

            orthrus review

            60

            otseca

            Introduction

            Tools like otseca help with data collection. This could be useful for system administrators to collect data on a regular interval. This data then can be compared with a future data capture. Another possibility is to use it during pentesting. In that case one should have already obtained root access, as the tool requires this as well.

            Project details

            otseca is written in shell script.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code is easy to read and understand
            • + Tool is modular and extendable
            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Configuration audit
              • Penetration testing
              • Security assessment

              otseca review

              76

              Prowler

              Introduction

              Prowler is a security tool to check systems on AWS against the related CIS benchmark. This benchmark provides a set of best practices for AWS. The primary usage for this tool is system hardening and compliance checking.

              Project details

              Prowler is written in shell script.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Compliance testing
                • Security assessment
                • System hardening

                Prowler review

                60

                SSHsec

                Introduction

                SSHsec scans a system running the SSH protocol and retrieves its configuration, host keys, and Diffie-Hellman groups.

                Project details

                SSHsec is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Information gathering
                  • Penetration testing
                  • Security assessment

                  SSHsec review

                  60

                  sysechk (System Security Checker)

                  Introduction

                  System Security Checker, or sysechk, is a tool to perform a system audit against a set of best practices. It uses a modular approach to test the system.

                  Project details

                  sysechk is written in shell script.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + Used language is shell script
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • IT audit
                    • System hardening

                    sysechk review

                    96

                    testssl.sh

                    Introduction

                    Key features of testssl.sh include:

                    • Clear output: you can tell easily whether anything is good or bad
                    • Ease of installation: It works for Linux, Darwin, FreeBSD, NetBSD and MSYS2/Cygwin out of the box: no need to install or configure something, no gems, CPAN, pip or the like.
                    • Flexibility: You can test any SSL/TLS enabled and STARTTLS service, not only webservers at port 443
                    • Toolbox: Several command line options help you to run YOUR test and configure YOUR output
                    • Reliability: features are tested thoroughly
                    • Verbosity: If a particular check cannot be performed because of a missing capability on your client side, you'll get a warning
                    • Privacy: It's only you who sees the result, not a third party
                    • Freedom: It's 100% open source. You can look at the code, see what's going on and you can change it.

                    Project details

                    testssl.sh is written in shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + Used language is shell script
                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Application testing
                      • Configuration audit

                      testssl.sh 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

                        64

                        Zeus

                        Introduction

                        Zeus is a tool to perform a quick security scan of an AWS environment. It helps to find missing security controls, so additional system hardening measures can be applied to systems.

                        Project details

                        Zeus is written in shell script.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + Used language is shell script
                        • + The source code of this software is available
                        • - No releases on GitHub available

                        Typical usage

                        • Configuration audit
                        • Security assessment
                        • Self-assessment
                        • System hardening

                        Zeus review

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