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)

85

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

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

      Cloud Security Suite review

      74

      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

      • IT audit
      • Configuration audit
      • Security assessment

      CloudSploit scans 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

        • + The source code is easy to read and understand
        • + More than 100 contributors
        • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
        • + Tool is easy to use
        • + Available as package (simplified installation)
        • + Commercial support available
        • + 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

          80

          OpenSCAP

          Introduction

          The OpenSCAP project provides a wide variety of hardening guides, configuration baselines, and tools to test for vulnerabilities and configuration issues. It uses SCAP as the protocol to store the underlying data.

          Project details

          OpenSCAP is written in C.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 25 contributors
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • + Supported by a large company

            Typical usage

            • Security assessment
            • Vulnerability scanning

            OpenSCAP review

            85

            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

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        89

                        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

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