LUNAR alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace LUNAR? During the review of LUNAR 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. Lynis (security scanner and compliance auditing tool)
  2. OpenSCAP (suite with tools and security data)
  3. Prowler (AWS benchmark tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to LUNAR.

Alternatives (by score)

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

    89

    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

      84

      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

        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

        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

          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

          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

            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

              81

              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

              85

              Kube-Bench

              Introduction

              Tools like Kube-Bench help with quickly checking configuration weaknesses or discovering bad defaults.

              Project details

              Kube-Bench is written in Golang.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Kube-Bench 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

                  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

                    97

                    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

                      Docker Bench for Security

                      Introduction

                      Docker Bench for Security is a small security scanner to perform several tests that are part of the Docker CIS benchmark.

                      Project details

                      Docker Bench for Security is written in shell script.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 25 contributors
                      • + Screen output is colored
                      • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Application security
                        • Configuration audit
                        • Security assessment

                        Docker Bench for Security review

                        64

                        JShielder

                        Introduction

                        JShielder is a security tool for Linux systems to make them more secure by adding system hardening measures.

                        Project details

                        JShielder is written in Python, shell script.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • System hardening

                          JShielder review

                          52

                          Nix Auditor

                          Introduction

                          This fairly new tool is written in shell script to scan Linux systems with the focus on security auditing.

                          Project details

                          Nix Auditor is written in shell script.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + Used language is shell script
                          • - Full name of author is unknown
                          • - Unknown project license

                          Nix Auditor review

                          64

                          seccheck

                          Introduction

                          Seccheck is a security scanner for Linux systems. It is originally written for SuSE Linux by Marc Heuse.

                          Project details

                          seccheck is written in shell script.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available
                          • - Project looks outdated (old code or documentation)

                          Typical usage

                          • Security assessment
                          • System hardening

                          seccheck review

                          63

                          360-FAAR

                          Introduction

                          360-FAAR is a tool written in Perl to parse policies and logs from firewalls. It can compare firewall policies and translate between a policy and log data. Supported firewalls include Checkpoint FW1, Cisco ASA, and Netscreen ScreenOS.

                          Project details

                          360-FAAR is written in Perl.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + Project is mature (5+ years)
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Firewall auditing
                            • Log analysis
                            • Security assessment
                            • Security reviews

                            360-FAAR review

                            85

                            ssh_scan

                            Introduction

                            This tool is light on its dependencies, as it only uses Ruby and BinData. The scanner is simple to use, as it is limited in the number of parameters and options. There is also the ability to show the results on the screen or export the data to a JSON file. The latter is great if you want to do further processing of the details, or simply store them for later comparison.

                            Project details

                            ssh_scan is written in Ruby.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

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

                              ssh_scan review

                              78

                              Clair

                              Introduction

                              The tool has been created by CoreOS and can scan containers of different formats. It analyzes them and determines available security weaknesses in the container.

                              Project details

                              Clair is written in Golang.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Security assessment
                                • Vulnerability scanning

                                Clair review

                                60

                                Scout2

                                Introduction

                                Scout2 is a security tool to assess the security of an AWS environment. It can be used for system hardening and IT audits.

                                Project details

                                Scout2 is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + More than 10 contributors
                                • + More than 500 GitHub stars

                                  Typical usage

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

                                  Scout2 review

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