Prowler alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Prowler? During the review of Prowler 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. Zeus (AWS auditing and hardening tool)
  2. CloudSploit scans (AWS account scanner)
  3. Lynis (security scanner and compliance auditing tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Prowler.

Alternatives (by score)

64

Zeus

Introduction

Zeus is a tool to perform a quick security scan of an AWS environment. It helps to find missing security controls, so additional system hardening measures can be applied to systems.

Project details

Zeus is written in shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + Used language is shell script
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • - No releases on GitHub available

Typical usage

  • Configuration audit
  • Security assessment
  • Self-assessment
  • System hardening

Zeus review

81

CloudSploit scans

Introduction

CloudSploit scans is an open source software project to test security risks related to an AWS account. It runs tests against your Amazon account and aims to discover any potential misconfigured setting or other risks.

Project details

CloudSploit scans is written in Node.js.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + More than 500 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • - No releases on GitHub available

Typical usage

  • IT audit
  • Configuration audit
  • Security assessment

CloudSploit scans 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

  • + The source code is easy to read and understand
  • + More than 100 contributors
  • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
  • + Tool is easy to use
  • + Available as package (simplified installation)
  • + Commercial support available
  • + 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

    89

    OpenSCAP

    Introduction

    The OpenSCAP project provides a wide variety of hardening guides, configuration baselines, and tools to test for vulnerabilities and configuration issues. It uses SCAP as the protocol to store the underlying data.

    Project details

    OpenSCAP is written in C.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 25 contributors
    • + The source code of this software is available
    • + Supported by a large company

      Typical usage

      • Security assessment
      • Vulnerability scanning

      OpenSCAP review

      60

      orthrus

      Introduction

      Orthrus is a security framework and auditing tool. It allows monitoring and analyzing security configurations across multiple environments.

      Project details

      orthrus is written in Golang.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - Project is in early phase and may be unstable

      Typical usage

      • Security assessment
      • Self-assessment
      • System hardening
      • Vulnerability scanning

      orthrus review

      60

      otseca

      Introduction

      Tools like otseca help with data collection. This could be useful for system administrators to collect data on a regular interval. This data then can be compared with a future data capture. Another possibility is to use it during pentesting. In that case one should have already obtained root access, as the tool requires this as well.

      Project details

      otseca is written in shell script.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code is easy to read and understand
      • + Tool is modular and extendable
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Configuration audit
        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment

        otseca review

        68

        Cloud Security Suite (CS Suite)

        Introduction

        Cloud Security Suite (CS Suite) is a security toolkit that allows scanning Amazon, Google, and Azure cloud platforms. It leverages tools like Lynis, Prowler, and Scout2 to collect all information. The promise of the tool is to simplify the installation of the tools, their configuration, and the data collection.

        Project details

        Cloud Security Suite is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • IT audit
        • Configuration audit
        • Penetration testing
        • System hardening

        Cloud Security Suite review

        64

        LUNAR

        Introduction

        LUNAR is short for Lockdown UNix Auditing and Reporting and runs on the system itself.

        Project details

        LUNAR is written in shell script.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Security assessment
          • Self-assessment
          • System hardening

          LUNAR review

          64

          AWSBucketDump

          Introduction

          AWSBucketDump is a security tool to find interesting files in AWS S3 buckets that are part of Amazon cloud services. These storage containers may have interesting files, which a tool like AWSBucketDump can discover.

          Project details

          AWSBucketDump is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 500 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • - No releases on GitHub available

          Typical usage

          • Configuration audit
          • Discovery of sensitive information
          • Security assessment

          AWSBucketDump review

          64

          BuQuikker

          Introduction

          BuQuikker is a security tool to scan the Amazon S3 storage service. Its goal is to find open and unprotected S3 buckets.

          Project details

          BuQuikker is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Data leak detection
            • Security assessment

            BuQuikker review

            74

            Bucket Finder

            Introduction

            The Bucket Finder tool can be a helpful tool during penetration testing and security assessments. It helps with the discovery of S3 buckets on the Amazon AWS cloud.

            Project details

            Bucket Finder is written in Ruby.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Data leak detection
            • Penetration testing
            • Security assessment

            Bucket Finder review

            85

            S3Scanner

            Introduction

            The aptly named S3Scanner is to be used to detect AWS S3 buckets. Discovered buckets are displayed, together with the related objects in the bucket.

            Project details

            S3Scanner is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Information gathering
              • Information leak detection
              • Penetration testing
              • Storage security testing

              S3Scanner review

              60

              Security Monkey

              Introduction

              Security Monkey provides a single user interface to browse and search through all of your services and accounts.

              Project details

              Security Monkey is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 50 contributors
              • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • + Supported by a large company

                Typical usage

                • Security monitoring

                Security Monkey review

                64

                Teh S3 Bucketeers

                Introduction

                Tools like Teh S3 Bucketeers are valuable for doing reconnaissance and information gathering. They may be used during penetration tests and security assessments. The primary goal of these tools is to find S3 buckets that may lead to sensitive data stored on Amazon's storage service.

                Project details

                Teh S3 Bucketeers is written in shell script.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                • + Used language is shell script
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - No releases on GitHub available

                Typical usage

                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment
                • Storage security testing

                Teh S3 Bucketeers review

                56

                inSp3ctor

                Introduction

                Like other S3 bucket scanners, inSp3ctor helps to find valid storage buckets on Amazon's AWS platform. This can be useful for security assignments like penetration testing or see what information is available about a company. Another option is using it to see if any private data is leaking.

                Project details

                inSp3ctor is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                • + Very low number of dependencies
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - No releases on GitHub available

                Typical usage

                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment
                • Storage security testing

                inSp3ctor review

                60

                s3-fuzzer

                Introduction

                This fuzzing tool helps with discovering sensitive data in Amazon S3 buckets. S3 buckets are storage containers and may reveal data to unauthorized individuals. This tools helps with the discovery process.

                Project details

                s3-fuzzer is written in Golang.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Configuration audit
                  • Discovery of sensitive information
                  • Security assessment

                  s3-fuzzer 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

                    60

                    sysechk (System Security Checker)

                    Introduction

                    System Security Checker, or sysechk, is a tool to perform a system audit against a set of best practices. It uses a modular approach to test the system.

                    Project details

                    sysechk is written in shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                      Typical usage

                      • IT audit
                      • System hardening

                      sysechk review

                      85

                      Kube-Bench

                      Introduction

                      Tools like Kube-Bench help with quickly checking configuration weaknesses or discovering bad defaults.

                      Project details

                      Kube-Bench is written in Golang.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Kube-Bench review

                        60

                        SSHsec

                        Introduction

                        SSHsec scans a system running the SSH protocol and retrieves its configuration, host keys, and Diffie-Hellman groups.

                        Project details

                        SSHsec is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Information gathering
                          • Penetration testing
                          • Security assessment

                          SSHsec review

                          60

                          iniscan

                          Introduction

                          Iniscan scans a given php.ini file and tests it against security best practices. It reports back the results by showing a Pass or Fail for each related test. As it is a command-line utility, it can be used in automated testing.

                          Project details

                          iniscan is written in PHP.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                            Typical usage

                            • Configuration audit
                            • Security assessment

                            iniscan review

                            97

                            testssl.sh

                            Introduction

                            Key features of testssl.sh include:

                            • Clear output: you can tell easily whether anything is good or bad
                            • Ease of installation: It works for Linux, Darwin, FreeBSD, NetBSD and MSYS2/Cygwin out of the box: no need to install or configure something, no gems, CPAN, pip or the like.
                            • Flexibility: You can test any SSL/TLS enabled and STARTTLS service, not only webservers at port 443
                            • Toolbox: Several command line options help you to run YOUR test and configure YOUR output
                            • Reliability: features are tested thoroughly
                            • Verbosity: If a particular check cannot be performed because of a missing capability on your client side, you'll get a warning
                            • Privacy: It's only you who sees the result, not a third party
                            • Freedom: It's 100% open source. You can look at the code, see what's going on and you can change it.

                            Project details

                            testssl.sh is written in shell script.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Application testing
                              • Configuration audit

                              testssl.sh review

                              64

                              Bucket Stream

                              Introduction

                              Bucket Stream can be used to discover AWS S3 buckets. This tool may be helpful during reconnaissance and security assessments. As it does not include active scanning on the target itself, it is a passive way of finding information. This is a huge benefit, as you don't have to guess or brute-force the names.

                              Project details

                              Bucket Stream is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + Tool is easy to use
                              • + The source code of this software is available
                              • - No releases on GitHub available

                              Typical usage

                              • Discovery of sensitive information
                              • Information leak detection
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Reconnaissance

                              Bucket Stream 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

                                63

                                360-FAAR

                                Introduction

                                360-FAAR is a tool written in Perl to parse policies and logs from firewalls. It can compare firewall policies and translate between a policy and log data. Supported firewalls include Checkpoint FW1, Cisco ASA, and Netscreen ScreenOS.

                                Project details

                                360-FAAR is written in Perl.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + Project is mature (5+ years)
                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Firewall auditing
                                  • Log analysis
                                  • Security assessment
                                  • Security reviews

                                  360-FAAR review

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