PassGen alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace PassGen? During the review of PassGen 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. not24get (password quality checker)
  2. acccheck (SMB password guessing and dictionary attack tool)
  3. mimipenguin (password extractor)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to PassGen.

Alternatives (by score)

60

not24get

Introduction

API: pwdCheckModule object in ppolicy.
Executable: "check password script" in Samba suite (not24get_check)

This module is a wrapper around libpasswdqc, the library that powers the pam_passwdqc module.

Project details

not24get is written in C.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Password strength testing

    not24get review

    56

    acccheck

    Introduction

    The acccheck tool performs a password guessing and dictionary attack on SMB services used to share files and printers.

    Project details

    acccheck is written in Perl.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Password discovery
    • Password strength testing

    acccheck review

    64

    mimipenguin

    Introduction

    The tool requires root permissions to work.

    Project details

    mimipenguin is written in Python, shell script.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available
    • - No releases on GitHub available
    • - Full name of author is unknown

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • Security assessment

    mimipenguin review

    85

    Crowbar

    Introduction

    While most brute forcing tools take a similar approach, Crowbar can use different methods that are not always available in other utilities. For example, Crowbar can use SSH keys, instead of the typical username and password combination. This might be useful during penetration testing when these type of details are discovered.

    Project details

    Crowbar is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Penetration testing

      Crowbar review

      60

      eapmd5pass

      Introduction

      A tool like this would be most likely used to show the weakness of old authentication protocols, including penetration testing.

      Project details

      eapmd5pass is written in C.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Network analysis
        • Password discovery
        • Penetration testing

        eapmd5pass review

        84

        pwdlyser

        Introduction

        The pwdlyser tool can help during penetration tests and security assignments to analyze cracked passwords and their strength.

        Project details

        pwdlyser is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Password strength testing
          • Penetration testing

          pwdlyser review

          100

          Buttercup for desktop

          Introduction

          The typical users have at least a multitude of ten when it comes to passwords. Ensuring that every website has a unique password and remembering, is almost impossible. Passwords managers like Buttercup help with the generation and secure storage of these secrets. It is freely available and open source, making it a good alternative for commercial options.

          Project details

          Buttercup for desktop is written in Node.js.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Password management

            Buttercup for desktop review

            74

            Confidant

            Introduction

            Most applications with a connection to a database or other software component, need some form of authentication. Often the related credentials are stored in a configuration file. A secret manager like Confidant will provide an alternative, by storing the details in a database. Only applications that need to access the secrets are allowed to obtain them. Often system administrators are denied access to them.

            Project details

            Confidant is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available
            • + Supported by a large company

              Typical usage

              • Secrets management
              • Secure storage

              Confidant review

              100

              hashcat

              Introduction

              Hashcat can be used to discover lost passwords, or as part of a security assignment. For example, it could be trying to crack a password from a password file that was obtained during a penetration test.

              Project details

              hashcat is written in C.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 25 contributors
              • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • + Well-known tool

                Typical usage

                • Password discovery

                hashcat review

                56

                John the Ripper

                Introduction

                John the Ripper is a mature password cracker to find weak or known passwords. It works on Linux and other flavors of Unix and Microsoft Windows.

                Project details

                63

                KeePassX

                Introduction

                The database is encrypted with AES (alias Rijndael) or Twofish encryption algorithm using a 256-bit key. KeePassX uses a database format that is compatible with KeePass Password Safe.

                Project details

                KeePassX is written in C++.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Secure storage

                KeePassX review

                97

                KeePassXC

                Introduction

                KeePassXC is a cross-platform platform to store sensitive data like passwords, keys, and other secrets. It has a graphical user interface and is written in C++.

                Project details

                KeePassXC is written in C++.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Password management
                  • Secure storage

                  KeePassXC review

                  68

                  LaZagne

                  Introduction

                  The LaZagne tool can be a good addition to the toolkit of pentesters or forensic specialists to recover sensitive details from systems. For a pentester, this typically means that limited access has been gained. By trying to find passwords from local applications, the step to other applications or privilege level might be possible. For example, a password that is shared among multiple services, or even finding an administrator password.

                  Project details

                  LaZagne 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

                    • Data extraction
                    • Information gathering
                    • Password discovery
                    • Password recovery

                    LaZagne review

                    64

                    mimipy

                    Introduction

                    The mimipy tool is based on the work of mimipenguin and ported to Python. It can extract passwords from memory or overwrite them to prevent capture.

                    Project details

                    mimipy is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Data extraction
                      • Information gathering
                      • Security assessment

                      mimipy review

                      48

                      pass (password-store)

                      Introduction

                      The pass utility is also known as password-store. It uses GPG and Unix directories to store passwords and others secrets.

                      Project details

                      60

                      Passmgr

                      Introduction

                      Passmgr is a simple portable password manager written in Go. It helps with storing secrets, like passwords and API keys.

                      Project details

                      60

                      pass-rotate

                      Introduction

                      This tool makes it easier to rotate your passwords one at a time or in bulk. For example, when security events or as a routine to do a regular rotation of passwords.

                      Project details

                      pass-rotate is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Password management

                        pass-rotate review

                        74

                        pick

                        Introduction

                        Tools like pick are used to store passwords and secrets safely.

                        Project details

                        pick is written in Golang.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + Very low number of dependencies
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Data security
                          • Secure storage

                          pick review

                          64

                          TeamVault

                          Introduction

                          Storing passwords within a team security can be a challenging task. TeamVault is a password manager with the goal to be easy to use, flexible, and adhering to several security principles. These include a solid base for the data encryption, support for folders, and role-based access control (RBAC).

                          Project details

                          TeamVault is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Password management
                          • Secrets management

                          TeamVault review

                          78

                          THC Hydra (thc-hydra)

                          Introduction

                          THC Hydra is a brute-force cracking tool for remote authentication services. It supports many protocols, including telnet, FTP, LDAP, SSH, SNMP, and others.

                          Project details

                          THC Hydra is written in C.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + More than 25 contributors
                          • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                          • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Penetration testing
                            • Security assessment

                            THC Hydra review

                            84

                            Patator

                            Introduction

                            Patator is based on similar tools like Hydra, yet with the goal to avoid the common flaws these tools have like performance limitations. The tool is modular and supports different types of brute-force attacks or enumeration of information.

                            Project details

                            Patator is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Password discovery
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Reconnaissance
                              • Vulnerability scanning

                              Patator review

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