Manticore alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Manticore? During the review of Manticore 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. pyelftools (ELF parsing toolkit)
  2. BAP (binary analysis toolkit)
  3. LIEF (library for analysis of executable formats)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Manticore.

Alternatives (by score)

60

pyelftools

Introduction

This toolkit is used by other software, or standalone. Its main purpose is to parse binary ELF files and DWARF debugging information. This can be useful during malware analysis or troubleshooting issues with programs.

Project details

pyelftools is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Binary analysis
    • Malware analysis

    pyelftools review

    84

    BAP (Binary Analysis Platform)

    Introduction

    The main purpose of BAP is to provide a toolkit for program analysis. This platform comes as a complete package with a set of tools, libraries, and related plugins. There are bindings available for C, Python, and Rust.

    Project details

    BAP is written in OCaml.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Binary analysis
      • Malware analysis

      BAP 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

        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

          64

          PEDA

          Introduction

          PEDA is an extension for GDB (GNU DeBugger) to help with the development of exploit code. It can be used by reverse engineers and pentesters.

          Project details

          PEDA is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Debugging
            • Exploit development
            • Reverse engineering

            PEDA 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

              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

                64

                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

                89

                r2frida

                Introduction

                Both Radare2 and Frida have their own area of expertise. This project combines both, to allow a more extensive analysis of files and processes.

                Project details

                r2frida is written in C, JavaScript.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Application testing
                  • Binary analysis
                  • Memory analysis

                  r2frida review

                  74

                  angr

                  Introduction

                  Tools like angr are great for performing in-depth analysis of binaries. This could be the analysis of an unknown binary, like a collected malware sample.

                  Project details

                  angr is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 50 contributors
                  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Binary analysis
                    • Malware analysis

                    angr review

                    100

                    Frida

                    Introduction

                    Frida allows developers and researchers to inject custom scripts into black box processes. This way it can provide a hook into any function, allowing to trace executed instructions. The source code is not needed. Frida even allows direct manipulation and see the results. The tool comes with bindings for different programming languages, allowing to interact with processes. Example of the bindings that Frida provides include Python, Swift, .NET, Qt/Qml, and C API.

                    Project details

                    Frida is written in C.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + More than 10 contributors
                    • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                    • + Many releases available
                    • + Project is mature (5+ years)
                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Black-box testing
                      • Reverse engineering

                      Frida review

                      60

                      elf2json

                      Introduction

                      The elf2json converts an ELF binary into JSON output and helping with reverse engineering and malware analysis.

                      Project details

                      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

                      68

                      PyT (Python Taint)

                      Introduction

                      Python Taint (or PyT) is a static code analyzer for Python scripts and applications. It tries to discover vulnerabilities or other possible weaknesses.

                      Project details

                      PyT is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Code analysis

                        PyT review

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