Nikto alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Nikto? During the review of Nikto 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. Arachni (web application scanner)
  2. shcheck (test HTTP headers of web applications)
  3. Wapiti (vulnerability scanner for web applications)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Nikto.

Alternatives (by score)

74

Arachni

Introduction

Arachni is framework written in Ruby with focus on evaluating the security of web applications. Typical users include security professionals and system administrators.

The tooling is free and open source. Besides Linux, it also runs on macOS and Microsoft Windows.

Project details

Arachni is written in Ruby.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Penetration testing
    • Security assessment
    • Web application analysis

    Arachni review

    64

    shcheck (Security Header Check)

    Introduction

    This simple tool is a good option to test if advised HTTP headers are available on web application and websites. It can be used as a defensive measure during development, or offensive to find weaknesses in existing applications.

    Project details

    shcheck 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

    • Application security
    • Web application analysis

    shcheck review

    67

    Wapiti

    Introduction

    Wapiti is typically used to audit web applications.

    Project details

    Wapiti is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Application fuzzing
      • Vulnerability scanning
      • Web application analysis

      Wapiti review

      64

      CMSeeK

      Introduction

      CMSeeK is a security scanner for content management systems (CMS). It can perform a wide range of functions starting from the detection of the CMS, up to vulnerability scanning. The tool claims to support over 100 different CMS tools, with extensive support for the commonly used ones like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.

      The scans performed by CMSeeK include version detection. It can also do enumeration of users, plugins, and themes. This might be useful to see what users or components are available. The tool includes admin page discovery, file discovery, and directory listing. Anything that might be useful to a penetration test or security assessment, might be displayed.

      Project details

      CMSeeK is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - Full name of author is unknown

      Typical usage

      • Penetration testing
      • Software exploitation
      • Software identification
      • Vulnerability scanning

      CMSeeK review

      78

      JoomScan

      Introduction

      JoomScan could be used to test your Joomla installation or during security assessments. As it has a primary focus on Joomla, it may provide better results than generic vulnerability scanners.

      Project details

      JoomScan is written in Perl.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Vulnerability scanning
        • Vulnerability testing

        JoomScan review

        64

        Tulpar

        Introduction

        Tulpar is a vulnerability scanner that can be used to test new or existing web applications. In the former case, it could be helpful to test a new project before it is deployed into production. This could be done by the developer or a security professional. If some web application is already in production, then it might be a good tool to perform regular testing on known vulnerabilities. In this case, it is typically a pentester or security specialist that does the testing.

        Project details

        Tulpar is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - Minimal or no documentation available

        Typical usage

        • Application security
        • Application testing
        • Web application analysis

        Tulpar review

        64

        SQLMate

        Introduction

        SQLMate is a tool to perform security assessments and vulnerability of web applications. It can discover admin panels of websites, which might be a way to break into a web application. It also has the option for dorking, which means it can find possible vulnerable targets to a particular attack.

        Project details

        SQLMate is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Penetration testing
        • Web application analysis

        SQLMate review

        60

        Wfuzz

        Introduction

        Wfuzz is a fuzzing tool written in Python. Tools like Wfuzz are typically used to test web applications and how they handle both expected as unexpected input.

        Project details

        Wfuzz is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Application fuzzing
          • Application security
          • Application testing
          • Web application analysis

          Wfuzz review

          74

          WhatWeb

          Introduction

          WhatWeb can be used stealthy and fast to determine what technologies are used on a particular website or web application. This process called fingerprinting can tell a lot about how it was build and possible weaknesses it might have. The tool can be used in different levels, from stealthy to very aggressive. This last one is useful in penetration tests or during development.

          Project details

          WhatWeb is written in Ruby.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 25 contributors
          • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Reconnaissance
            • Web application analysis

            WhatWeb review

            60

            wig (WebApp Information Gatherer)

            Introduction

            Wig is a security tool to discover what particular software is for a web application or website. It can detect several Content Management Systems (CMS) and other administrative applications. This may be useful for those performing reconnaissance or information gathering, like during a penetration test of security assessment.

            Project details

            wig is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Application fingerprinting
            • Information gathering
            • Reconnaissance
            • Web application analysis

            wig review

            74

            WordPress Exploit Framework (WPXF)

            Introduction

            WordPress is still one of the most popular frameworks for websites. A variety of open source tools exist to assess the security of this content management system, and its themes and plugins.

            Project details

            WordPress Exploit Framework is written in Ruby.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 500 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - Has longer learning curve

            Typical usage

            • Penetration testing
            • Security assessment
            • Vulnerability scanning
            • Web application analysis

            WordPress Exploit Framework review

            60

            Wordstress

            Introduction

            WordPress is a popular choice among content management systems (CMS). Powering many websites and blogs, it is also a popular target. So regular updates and security testing can help to reduce the risk. WordStress can help with this testing.

            Project details

            Wordstress is written in Ruby.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Application security
              • Vulnerability scanning
              • Web application analysis

              Wordstress review

              64

              Yasuo

              Introduction

              Yasuo is a Ruby script that scans for vulnerable and exploitable third-party web applications. There are many remotely exploitable vulnerabilities for web applications and their front-end components. Yasuo helps to make it easier to scan for the weaknesses like remote code execution (RCE), SQL injections, and file inclusions.

              Project details

              Yasuo is written in Ruby.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Penetration testing
                • Vulnerability scanning
                • Web application analysis

                Yasuo review

                93

                ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy)

                Introduction

                ZAP is an intercepting proxy of web traffic. You will need to configure your browser to connect to the web application you wish to test through ZAP.

                Note: Zed Attack Proxy, or ZAP, is also known as zaproxy.

                Project details

                ZAP is written in Java.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 50 contributors
                • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                • + Many maintainers
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - Many reported issues are still open

                Typical usage

                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment
                • Software testing
                • Web application analysis

                ZAP 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

                  LFI Suite

                  Introduction

                  This tool is a useful addition to the pentesting toolbox of security professionals. It can help discover and exploit any local file inclusion weakness in applications. Upon success, a reverse shell can be used to get access to the system.

                  Project details

                  LFI Suite is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • - Full name of author is unknown

                  Typical usage

                  • Penetration testing
                  • Web application analysis

                  LFI Suite 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

                  • + More than 50 contributors
                  • + Commercial support available
                  • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
                  • + 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

                    97

                    OpenVAS

                    Introduction

                    OpenVAS is an open source vulnerability scanner that emerged from when Nessus became closed source in October of 2005.

                    Project details

                    OpenVAS is written in C.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • + Well-known tool

                      Typical usage

                      • Penetration testing
                      • Security assessment
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      OpenVAS review

                      74

                      Seccubus

                      Introduction

                      Supported engines and tools:

                      • Nessus
                      • OpenVAS
                      • Nmap
                      • Nikto
                      • Medusa
                      • Qualys SSL labs
                      • SkipFish
                      • SSLyze
                      • testssl.sh
                      • ZAP

                      Project details

                      84

                      arch-audit

                      Introduction

                      Arch-audit is a small utility that scans the system for known vulnerabilities on Arch Linux. It can be used by users of the Linux distribution to know when to update and what packages have weaknesses. With Arch Linux being a rolling distribution, this may improve the interval or timing of software patching.

                      Project details

                      arch-audit is written in Rust.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Software management
                        • Vulnerability scanning

                        arch-audit review

                        64

                        Damn Small Vulnerable Web (DSVW)

                        Introduction

                        Damn Small Vulnerable Web (DWVW) is a deliberately vulnerable web application to test your exploitation skills. It provides developers and penetration testers a practice tool. For developers, it is good to see common mistakes and create more secure software. Pentesters will be able to improve vulnerability detection and improving their attacks. Hopefully with the end goal of achieving privilege escalation or unauthorized data retrieval.

                        Project details

                        Damn Small Vulnerable Web is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Application testing
                          • Learning
                          • Skill development
                          • Vulnerability testing

                          Damn Small Vulnerable Web 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

                            60

                            Pompem

                            Introduction

                            Pompem is written in Python and helps pentesters to search public sources for vulnerability information and a related exploit.

                            Sources

                            • CXSecurity
                            • National Vulnerability Database
                            • PacketStorm security
                            • Vulners
                            • WPScan Vulnerability Database
                            • ZeroDay

                            Project details

                            Pompem is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Vulnerability scanning

                              Pompem review

                              74

                              SearchSploit

                              Introduction

                              SearchSploit is a small by OffensiveSecurity to search for exploits and related data in the exploit database (Exploit-DB). This may help penetration testers in their security assignments.

                              Project details

                              SearchSploit is written in shell script.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                              • + Tool is easy to use
                              • + Used language is shell script
                              • - Full name of author is unknown

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Service exploitation
                              • System exploitation
                              • Vulnerability testing

                              SearchSploit review

                              78

                              vFeed

                              Introduction

                              vFeed consists of a database and utilities to store vulnerability data. It uses third-party references and data, which then can be used to see if a software component has a known vulnerability. The data itself is enriched by cross-checking it and store additional details about the vulnerabilities.

                              The vFeed tooling has an API available with JSON output. It can be used by security researchers and practitioners to validate vulnerabilities and retrieve all available details.

                              Project details

                              vFeed is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + Commercial support available
                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Security assessment
                                • Vulnerability scanning

                                vFeed review

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