Metasploit Framework alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Metasploit Framework? During the review of Metasploit Framework 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. OWTF (offensive web testing framework)
  2. BeEF (browser exploitation framework)
  3. RouterSploit (exploitation and testing for embedded devices)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Metasploit Framework.

Alternatives (by score)

64

OWTF (Offensive Web Testing Framework)

Introduction

OWTF is short for Offensive Web Testing Framework and it is one of the many OWASP projects to improve security.

Project details

OWTF 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

    • Penetration testing
    • Security assessment

    OWTF review

    85

    BeEF

    Introduction

    BeEF is used by penetration testers to assess the security of a system by leveraging the web browser. This makes the tool different to many other tools, as it ignores the security on network or system level. It uses command modules from within the web browser to perform requested attacks against the system.

    Project details

    64

    RouterSploit

    Introduction

    RouterSploit is a framework to exploit embedded devices such as cameras and routers. It can be used during penetration testing to test the security of a wide variety of devices. RouterSploit comes with several modules to scan and exploit the devices. The tool helps in all steps, like from credential testing to deploying a payload to perform an exploitation attempt.

    Project details

    RouterSploit is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 50 contributors
    • + More than 6000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Penetration testing
      • Self-assessment
      • Software testing
      • Vulnerability scanning

      RouterSploit review

      64

      fsociety

      Introduction

      The fsociety toolkit is a penetration framework containing other security tools. The project states that is includes all the tools that are used in the Mr. Robot tv series.

      Project details

      fsociety is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 10 contributors
      • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - Full name of author is unknown

      Typical usage

      • Penetration testing
      • Security assessment

      fsociety review

      64

      arpag

      Introduction

      Tools like arpag can help with automating penetration tests and security assessments. By testing automatically for a set of exploits, the remaining time can be spend in other areas.

      Project details

      arpag is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Very low number of dependencies
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - No releases on GitHub available

      Typical usage

      • Penetration testing
      • Security awareness
      • Service exploitation

      arpag review

      72

      AutoSploit

      Introduction

      AutoSploit attempts to automate the exploitation of remote hosts for security assessments. Targets can be collected automatically or manually provided. Automatic sources include Censys, Shodan, and Zoomeye.

      Project details

      AutoSploit is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 10 contributors
      • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Service exploitation
        • System exploitation

        AutoSploit review

        100

        Infection Monkey

        Introduction

        This tool is useful for security assessments to test for weaknesses within the network. By automating the exploitation phase as much as possible, it will help finding any weak targets within the boundaries of the data center.

        Project details

        Infection Monkey is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Service exploitation
          • System exploitation

          Infection Monkey review

          60

          Leviathan Framework

          Introduction

          Leviathan is a security tool to provide a wide range of services including service discovery, brute force, SQL injection detection, and exploit capabilities. The primary reason to use this tool is to do massive scans on many systems at once. For example to include a huge network range, country-wide scan, or even full internet scan.

          Project details

          Leviathan Framework is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Penetration testing
            • Security assessment
            • Service exploitation

            Leviathan Framework review

            60

            Pupy

            Introduction

            Pupy is an open source remote administration and post-exploitation tool. It is mainly written in Python and works Androi, Linux, macOS, and Windows.

            Project details

            Pupy is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Penetration testing
              • Security assessment

              Pupy review

              85

              Ruler

              Introduction

              The main aim for this tool is abusing the client-side Outlook features and gain a shell remotely.

              Project details

              Ruler is written in Golang.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment

                Ruler review

                89

                sqlmap

                Introduction

                The sqlmap is a well-known tool with an amazing number of GitHub stars (10,000+). It is used by many security professionals around the world to test the security of both web applications and the database that stores the data.

                Project details

                100

                BetterCAP

                Introduction

                BetterCAP is often used by those who perform penetration testing and security assessments. This tool and framework is in particular useful for attempting man-in-the-middle attacks (MitM).

                Project details

                BetterCAP is written in Golang.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 25 contributors
                • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Bypassing security measures
                  • Penetration testing
                  • Security assessment

                  BetterCAP review

                  60

                  Bowcaster

                  Introduction

                  Bowcaster is a framework to create exploits. It is written in Python and comes with a set of tool and modules to help exploit development.

                  Project details

                  Bowcaster is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • - No updates for a while

                  Typical usage

                  • Exploit development
                  • Penetration testing

                  Bowcaster review

                  60

                  Kitty

                  Introduction

                  Kitty is a framework for those who want to do fuzzing unusual targets, like proprietary protocols. Although Kitty itself is not a fuzzing tool, it allows one to build a fuzzing tool.

                  Project details

                  Kitty is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Application fuzzing

                    Kitty review

                    60

                    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

                      78

                      Pocsuite

                      Introduction

                      Pocsuite is a remote vulnerability testing and development framework. It can be used by penetration testers and vulnerability researchers.

                      Project details

                      Pocsuite is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 10 contributors
                      • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Vulnerability development
                        • Vulnerability testing

                        Pocsuite 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

                        64

                        Dockerscan

                        Introduction

                        Dockerscan is a Docker toolkit for security analysis which includes attacking tools. It is more focused on side of the offensive than defensive.

                        Project details

                        Dockerscan is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Information gathering
                          • Security assessment
                          • Vulnerability scanning

                          Dockerscan review

                          60

                          evilredis

                          Introduction

                          Evilredis tool is an offensive security program for pentesting Redis databases. It can scan the target and perform different actions, like shutting down a Redis instance.

                          Project details

                          evilredis is written in Node.js.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Security assessment
                            • Vulnerability scanning

                            evilredis review

                            64

                            Pyersinia

                            Introduction

                            Pyersinia is a tool like Yersinia and can perform network attacks such as spoofing ARP, DHCP DoS , STP DoS, and more. It is written in Python and uses Scapy.

                            Project details

                            Pyersinia is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Network analysis
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment

                              Pyersinia review

                              60

                              APT2 (apt2)

                              Introduction

                              APT2 stands for Automated Penetration Testing Toolkit.

                              APT2 performs a scan with Nmap or can import the results of a scan from Nexpose or Nessus. The processed results will be used in the second phase. This phase launches exploit and enumeration modules. It helps pentesters to automate assessments and tasks.

                              Suggested components to have installed: convert, dirb, hydra, java, john, ldapsearch, msfconsole, nmap, nmblookup, phantomjs, responder, rpcclient, secretsdump.py, smbclient, snmpwalk, sslscan, xwd

                              Project details

                              APT2 is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Penetration testing
                                • Security assessment

                                APT2 review

                                56

                                domain

                                Introduction

                                Domain is a Python script written by Jason Haddix to combine the tools Recon-ng and altdns. It allows to use the two tool one multiple domains within the same session.

                                Project details

                                domain is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                                • + The source code of this software is available
                                • - Unknown project license

                                Typical usage

                                • Subdomain enumeration

                                domain review

                                100

                                Faraday

                                Introduction

                                Faraday helps teams to collaborate when working on penetration tests or vulnerability management. It stores related security information in one place, which can be easily tracked and tested by other colleagues.

                                Project details

                                Faraday is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + Commercial support available
                                • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Collaboration
                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Security assessment
                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  Faraday review

                                  60

                                  InstaRecon

                                  Introduction

                                  InstaRecon is a security tool that can help with the reconnaissance phase of a penetration test. It can collect a number of data points with limited input.

                                  Project details

                                  InstaRecon is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + The source code of this software is available

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Penetration testing
                                    • Reconnaissance

                                    InstaRecon review

                                    56

                                    p0f

                                    Introduction

                                    This tool is a great addition to nmap, especially if that reveals not reliable data or none at all. Due to the passive way of working, it won't be detected nor influences any connection.

                                    - Version 3 of p0f is a full rewrite
                                    - The idea for p0f dates back to June 10, 2000
                                    - Tool can run in foreground or as a daemon process

                                    Common uses for p0f include reconnaissance during penetration tests; routine network monitoring; detection of unauthorized network interconnects in corporate environments; providing signals for abuse-prevention tools; and miscellaneous forensics.

                                    Project details

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                                    • + The source code of this software is available
                                    • + Well-known tool

                                      p0f review

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