Mal Tindex alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Mal Tindex? During the review of Mal Tindex 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. Binary Analysis Next Generation (framework for binary analysis)
  2. SSMA (malware analysis tool)
  3. MultiScanner (file scanning and analysis framework)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Mal Tindex.

Alternatives (by score)

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Binary Analysis Next Generation (BANG)

Introduction

BANG is a framework to unpack files recursively and scan them. The files can be firmware, binaries, or malware. The main goal is to scan all files and perform classification and labeling. This way each file can be further analyzed based on the characteristics.

Project details

Binary Analysis Next Generation is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

Typical usage

  • Binary analysis
  • Malware analysis
  • Malware scanning

Binary Analysis Next Generation review

78

SSMA

Introduction

SSMA is short for Simple Static Malware Analyzer. The tool can perform a set of tests against a malware sample and retrieve metadata from it. SSMA can analyze ELF and PE and analyze its structure. For example, it can retrieve the PE file header information and its sections. Other pieces it can analyze is the usage of packers, anti-debugging techniques, cryptographic algorithms, domains, email addresses, and IP addresses. It can also check if the sample is already detected or blocked by using VirusTotal and the blocklist of malwaredomains.com.

Project details

SSMA is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

Typical usage

  • Malware analysis
  • Malware detection
  • Malware scanning
  • Reverse engineering

SSMA review

76

MultiScanner

Introduction

MultiScanner helps malware analysts by providing a toolkit to perform both automated and manual analysis. The data extracted from the analysis can be easily stored together, including the relevant metadata and samples. It allows enriching the data further by retrieving information from external resources.

Project details

Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Malware analysis
    • Malware detection
    • Malware scanning

    MultiScanner review

    60

    YaraGuardian

    Introduction

    YaraGuardian provides a web-based interface that helps to manage Yara rules. It can be used to search, organize, and bulk-edit rules. The tool also prevents creating duplicate entries, which is a nice additional benefit of this management utility.

    Project details

    YaraGuardian is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Malware analysis

      YaraGuardian review

      76

      Malice

      Introduction

      Malice is a malware analysis that wants to provide a free and open source version of VirusTotal. The goal of Malice is to make it usable by both independent researchers up to fortune 500 companies.

      Malice is useful for those that do malware analysis or deal with user-generated files that may contain malware. The framework allows scanning files and directories to see if they are infected.

      Project details

      Malice is written in Golang.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Malware analysis
        • Malware detection
        • Malware research
        • Malware scanning

        Malice review

        64

        MalPipe

        Introduction

        MalPipe is a modular malware and indicator collection and processing framework. It is designed to pull information about malware, domains, URLs, and IP addresses from multiple feeds. Finally, it will enrich the collected data and export the results.

        Project details

        MalPipe is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Data enrichment
        • Data processing
        • Intrusion detection
        • Malware analysis
        • Malware detection

        MalPipe review

        74

        YARA

        Introduction

        YARA is a tool to identify and classify malware samples. It uses textual or binary patterns to match data, combined with a boolean expression to define a match. YARA is multi-platform, can be used via a command-line interface or via Python scripts using the yara-python extension.

        Project details

        YARA is written in C.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 50 contributors
        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Malware analysis
          • Malware detection
          • Malware scanning

          YARA review

          60

          bamfdetect

          Introduction

          With bamfdetect, malware and bots can be analyzed. It identifies and extracts information and returns data in JSON format.

          Project details

          bamfdetect is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Malware analysis
            • Malware scanning

            bamfdetect review

            89

            Cutter

            Introduction

            Cutter is a graphical user interface for radare2, the well-known reverse engineering framework. It focuses on those who are not familiar enough with radare2, or rather have a graphical interface instead of the command-line interface that radare2 provides.

            Project details

            Cutter is written in C++, Qt.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 50 contributors
            • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Binary analysis
              • Malware analysis
              • Reverse engineering

              Cutter review

              78

              Intrigue Core

              Introduction

              Intrigue Core provides a framework to measure the attack surface of an environment. This includes discovering infrastructure and applications, performing security research, and doing vulnerability discovery.

              Intrigue also allows enriching available data and perform OSINT research (open source intelligence). The related scans include DNS subdomain brute-forcing, email harvesting, IP geolocation, port scanning, and using public search engines like Censys, Shodan, and Bing.

              Project details

              Intrigue Core is written in Ruby.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Asset discovery
                • Attack surface measurement
                • Intelligence gathering
                • OSINT research
                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment

                Intrigue Core review

                74

                LIEF

                Introduction

                LIEF is short for Library to Instrument Executable Formats.

                Project details

                LIEF is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Binary analysis
                  • Malware analysis
                  • Reverse engineering

                  LIEF review

                  100

                  radare2

                  Introduction

                  Radare2 is a popular framework to perform reverse engineering on many different file types. It can be used to analyze malware, firmware, or any other type of binary files. Besides reverse engineering, it can be used for forensics on filesystems and do data carving. Tasks can be scripted and support languages like JavaScript, Go, and Python. Even software exploitation is one of the functions it can be used in.

                  Project details

                  radare2 is written in C.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 500 contributors
                  • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
                  • + Many releases available
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Digital forensics
                    • Reverse engineering
                    • Software exploitation
                    • Troubleshooting

                    radare2 review

                    78

                    PyREBox

                    Introduction

                    PyREBox is short for Python scriptable Reverse Engineering Sandbox. It provides dynamic analysis and debugging capabilities of a running QEMU virtual machine. The primary usage is the analysis of running processes to perform reverse engineering. PyREBox can change parts of the running system by changing data in memory or within processor registers.

                    Project details

                    PyREBox is written in C++, Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Binary analysis
                      • Malware analysis
                      • Reverse engineering

                      PyREBox review

                      56

                      bingrep

                      Introduction

                      Searches through binaries and highlights the most important areas with colors.

                      Supported binary formats:

                      • ELF 32/64, arm, x86, openrisc
                      • Mach 32/64, arm, x86
                      • PE

                      Project details

                      74

                      Cuckoo Sandbox (cuckoo)

                      Introduction

                      In a matter of seconds, Cuckoo Sandbox provides detailed results on what a file does within an isolated environment. This helps with malware analysis and understanding what it exactly tries to achieve. Further analysis can be done, based on the previous actions that were done.

                      Cuckoo Sandbox was created by Claudio Guarnieri as part of the Google Summer of Code project in 2010.

                      Project details

                      Cuckoo Sandbox is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available
                      • - Many provided pull requests are still open
                      • - Many reported issues are still open

                      Typical usage

                      • Digital forensics
                      • Malware analysis

                      Cuckoo Sandbox review

                      70

                      Viper

                      Introduction

                      Viper organizes the malware samples and exploits you found over time. It calls itself "Metasploit for malware researchers". Viper has a terminal interface to store, search and analyze files. As it is a framework, is also allows you to create your plugins.

                      Project details

                      60

                      yarGen

                      Introduction

                      The yarGen utility helps with creating YARA rules for malware detection. It can combine both 'goodware' and 'malware', to properly craft the right rules.

                      Project details

                      59

                      chkrootkit

                      Introduction

                      The chkrootkit tool consists of multiple parts that may detect the presence of rootkit parts of rootkit behavior on a system.

                      Some areas that are checked include:

                      • interface in promiscuous mode
                      • lastlog deletions
                      • wtmp deletions
                      • wtmpx deletions
                      • signs of LKM trojans
                      • utmp deletions

                      Project details

                      chkrootkit is written in C, shell script.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + Used language is shell script
                      • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                      • - Long time between releases

                      Typical usage

                      • Malware detection
                      • Malware scanning

                      chkrootkit review

                      100

                      ClamAV

                      Introduction

                      ClamAV is a popular tool to detect malicious software or malware. While it calls itself an antivirus engine, it probably won't encounter many viruses, as they have become rare. It is more likely to find other forms of malware like worms, backdoors, and ransomware. ClamAV can be used in a few ways, from doing an occasional scan up to scanning in batch. ClamAV does not do on-access scanning but can be combined with other tools to obtain similar functionality. ClamAV is often used to support scanning incoming emails for malicious content.

                      Project details

                      ClamAV is written in C.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + Many maintainers
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Malware analysis
                        • Malware detection
                        • Malware scanning

                        ClamAV review

                        64

                        Diamorphine

                        Introduction

                        Rootkits are typically considered to be malware, or malicious software. With the intent to hide, this type of software is often used after a breach. Learning about how it works can be useful for security researchers and security professionals.

                        Project details

                        Diamorphine is written in C.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Learning

                          Diamorphine review

                          97

                          hBlock

                          Introduction

                          For the privacy-aware users, tools like hBlock can be helpful to block malicious domains, malware, advertisements, and trackers. Trackers could be pixels added to websites to track which pages you visited, which might invade your privacy.

                          Project details

                          hBlock is written in shell script.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                            Typical usage

                            • Malware protection
                            • Privacy enhancement
                            • Provide anonymity

                            hBlock review

                            96

                            LMD

                            Introduction

                            LMD uses MD5 file hashes and HEX pattern matches to define the malware signatures. These are used to detect malware.

                            Project details

                            LMD is written in shell script.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Malware scanning

                              LMD review

                              89

                              Malscan

                              Introduction

                              Malscan is a tool to scan for malicious software (malware) such as viruses, worms, and backdoors. Its goal is to extend ClamAV with more scanning modes and signatures. It targets web servers running Linux, but can also be used on mail servers and desktops.

                              Project details

                              Malscan is written in shell script.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Malware protection
                                • Malware scanning

                                Malscan review

                                59

                                Rootkit Hunter (rkhunter)

                                Introduction

                                Rootkit Hunter is a small utility to find suspicious rootkit components. Other known backdoors or malicious software can also be discovered, especially if it has the goal to hide.

                                The tool uses different ways to hunt, like using predefined directory locations and comparing the output of system utilities. Another method is by requesting a specific output and see if this output is altered, therefore tricking rootkits to reveal themselves.

                                Project details

                                Rootkit Hunter is written in shell script.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + Used language is shell script
                                • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Malware detection
                                  • Malware scanning

                                  Rootkit Hunter review

                                  100

                                  TheHive

                                  Introduction

                                  TheHive is scalable and a complete platform to deal with security incidents. It allows for collaboration between those responsible for dealing with such incidents and related events. It can even use the data of the MISP project, making it easier to start analyzing from there.

                                  Project details

                                  TheHive is written in Scala.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Digital forensics
                                    • Incident response
                                    • Intrusion detection

                                    TheHive review

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