Pytbull alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Pytbull? During the review of Pytbull 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. Chiron (IPv6 security assessment framework)
  2. Snort (network intrusion detection system)
  3. Suricata (network IDS, IPS and monitoring)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Pytbull.

Alternatives (by score)

60

Chiron

Introduction

Chiron is a security assessment framework for IPv6. It provides several modules including an IPv6 scanner, IPv6 Local Link, IPv4-to-IPv6 proxy, IPv6 attack module, and IPv6 proxy. These modules help to perform an assessment, like a penetration test.

The tool uses IPv6 extension headers to create a headers chain. This may allow evading security devices like IDS, IPS, and firewalls. Due to the flexibility of the framework, the tool can also be used to perform fuzzing of the IPv6 stack of a device.

Project details

Chiron is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

Typical usage

  • Network analysis
  • Network scanning
  • Network security monitoring

Chiron review

67

Snort

Introduction

Besides intrusion detection, Snort has the capabilities to prevent attacks. By taking a particular action based on traffic patterns, it can become an intrusion prevention system (IPS).

Project details

Snort is written in C.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + Supported by a large company
  • + Well-known tool

    Typical usage

    • Security monitoring

    Snort review

    100

    Suricata

    Introduction

    Suricata is a somewhat younger NIDS, though has a rapid development cycle. It can work with Snort rulesets, yet also has optimized rulesets for usage with Suricata itself. For example, this set is known as Emerging Threats and fully optimized.

    Project details

    Suricata is written in C, Lua.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Information gathering
      • Intrusion detection
      • Network analysis
      • Threat discovery

      Suricata review

      59

      OSSEC

      Introduction

      OSSEC uses a centralized, cross-platform architecture allowing multiple systems to be monitored and managed.

      Highlights:
      The OSSEC project was acquired by Third Brigade, Inc in June 2008. This included the copyrights owned by Daniel Cid, its project leader. They promised to continue the development, keep it open source, and extend commercial support and training to the community.

      Trend Micro acquired Third Brigade in May 2009. This included the OSSEC project. Trend Micro promised to keep the software open source and free.

      Project details

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Commercial support available
      • + Well-known tool
      • - Commercial support available

      OSSEC review

      52

      Samhain

      Introduction

      Samhain is a host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS). It provides file integrity checking and log file monitoring/analysis. Additional features are rootkit detection, port monitoring, detection of rogue SUID executables, and the detection of hidden processes.

      Samhain is typically deployed as a standalone application, although it supports centralized logging. This makes it ideal for environments with multiple systems.

      Samhain is open source software and written by Rainer Wichmann.

      Project details

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Samhain review

        68

        Scirius

        Introduction

        Scirius is a web application to do Suricata ruleset management. There is both a community version as paid version available.

        Project details

        Scirius is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Network security monitoring

          Scirius review

          100

          Zeek (Bro)

          Introduction

          Bro helps to perform security monitoring by looking into the network's activity. It can find suspicious data streams. Based on the data, it alert, react, and integrate with other tools.

          Project details

          Zeek is written in C++.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 50 contributors
          • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • + Well-known tool

            Typical usage

            • Security monitoring

            Zeek review

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