radare2 alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace radare2? During the review of radare2 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. Cutter (graphical user interface for radare2)
  2. LIEF (library for analysis of executable formats)
  3. PyREBox (Python scriptable Reverse Engineering Sandbox)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to radare2.

Alternatives (by score)

89

Cutter

Introduction

Cutter is a graphical user interface for radare2, the well-known reverse engineering framework. It focuses on those who are not familiar enough with radare2, or rather have a graphical interface instead of the command-line interface that radare2 provides.

Project details

Cutter is written in C++, Qt.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Binary analysis
    • Malware analysis
    • Reverse engineering

    Cutter review

    96

    LIEF

    Introduction

    LIEF is short for Library to Instrument Executable Formats.

    Project details

    LIEF is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Binary analysis
      • Malware analysis
      • Reverse engineering

      LIEF review

      78

      PyREBox

      Introduction

      PyREBox is short for Python scriptable Reverse Engineering Sandbox. It provides dynamic analysis and debugging capabilities of a running QEMU virtual machine. The primary usage is the analysis of running processes to perform reverse engineering. PyREBox can change parts of the running system by changing data in memory or within processor registers.

      Project details

      PyREBox is written in C++, Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Binary analysis
        • Malware analysis
        • Reverse engineering

        PyREBox review

        89

        r2frida

        Introduction

        Both Radare2 and Frida have their own area of expertise. This project combines both, to allow a more extensive analysis of files and processes.

        Project details

        r2frida is written in C, JavaScript.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Application testing
          • Binary analysis
          • Memory analysis

          r2frida review

          64

          Binary Analysis Next Generation (BANG)

          Introduction

          BANG is a framework to unpack files recursively and scan them. The files can be firmware, binaries, or malware. The main goal is to scan all files and perform classification and labeling. This way each file can be further analyzed based on the characteristics.

          Project details

          Binary Analysis Next Generation is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Binary analysis
          • Malware analysis
          • Malware scanning

          Binary Analysis Next Generation review

          64

          PEDA

          Introduction

          PEDA is an extension for GDB (GNU DeBugger) to help with the development of exploit code. It can be used by reverse engineers and pentesters.

          Project details

          PEDA is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Debugging
            • Exploit development
            • Reverse engineering

            PEDA review

            76

            Manticore

            Introduction

            Manticore is a so-called symbolic execution tool to perform a binary analysis. It supports Linux ELF binaries and Ethereum smart contracts. The tool helps with researching binaries and their behavior. This might be useful to learn how malware works and troubleshooting.

            Project details

            Manticore is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Binary analysis
              • Malware analysis
              • Reverse engineering

              Manticore review

              64

              Bitscout

              Introduction

              Bitscout contains a set of popular tools to acquire and analyze disk images onsite. It saves engineers from traveling to the physical location. In other words, it is providing the option to do remote forensics. The project claims that everything is correctly implemented when it comes to digital forensics. One of these requirements is that no data is altered. For example, the remote security professional can obtain a disk image clone, but not alter the machine state.

              Project details

              Bitscout is written in shell script.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Digital forensics

                Bitscout review

                64

                Mal Tindex

                Introduction

                Mal Tindex is a tool that performs binary analysis on malware samples. It analyzes the binaries it is provided to learn about the specifics of each malware sample that makes them unique. This way data can be gathered that may provide background information. For example, it could provide the attribution of a particular actor or malware campaign.

                Project details

                Mal Tindex is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Malware analysis
                  • Malware research

                  Mal Tindex 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

                    60

                    MultiScanner

                    Introduction

                    MultiScanner helps malware analysts by providing a toolkit to perform both automated and manual analysis. The data extracted from the analysis can be easily stored together, including the relevant metadata and samples. It allows enriching the data further by retrieving information from external resources.

                    Project details

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                      Typical usage

                      • Malware analysis
                      • Malware detection
                      • Malware scanning

                      MultiScanner review

                      78

                      SSMA

                      Introduction

                      SSMA is short for Simple Static Malware Analyzer. The tool can perform a set of tests against a malware sample and retrieve metadata from it. SSMA can analyze ELF and PE and analyze its structure. For example, it can retrieve the PE file header information and its sections. Other pieces it can analyze is the usage of packers, anti-debugging techniques, cryptographic algorithms, domains, email addresses, and IP addresses. It can also check if the sample is already detected or blocked by using VirusTotal and the blocklist of malwaredomains.com.

                      Project details

                      SSMA is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                      Typical usage

                      • Malware analysis
                      • Malware detection
                      • Malware scanning
                      • Reverse engineering

                      SSMA review

                      60

                      YaraGuardian

                      Introduction

                      YaraGuardian provides a web-based interface that helps to manage Yara rules. It can be used to search, organize, and bulk-edit rules. The tool also prevents creating duplicate entries, which is a nice additional benefit of this management utility.

                      Project details

                      YaraGuardian is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Malware analysis

                        YaraGuardian review

                        100

                        Frida

                        Introduction

                        Frida allows developers and researchers to inject custom scripts into black box processes. This way it can provide a hook into any function, allowing to trace executed instructions. The source code is not needed. Frida even allows direct manipulation and see the results. The tool comes with bindings for different programming languages, allowing to interact with processes. Example of the bindings that Frida provides include Python, Swift, .NET, Qt/Qml, and C API.

                        Project details

                        Frida is written in C.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 10 contributors
                        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                        • + Many releases available
                        • + Project is mature (5+ years)
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Black-box testing
                          • Reverse engineering

                          Frida review

                          85

                          BAP (Binary Analysis Platform)

                          Introduction

                          The main purpose of BAP is to provide a toolkit for program analysis. This platform comes as a complete package with a set of tools, libraries, and related plugins. There are bindings available for C, Python, and Rust.

                          Project details

                          BAP is written in OCaml.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + More than 25 contributors
                          • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Binary analysis
                            • Malware analysis

                            BAP review

                            85

                            pyelftools

                            Introduction

                            This toolkit is used by other software, or standalone. Its main purpose is to parse binary ELF files and DWARF debugging information. This can be useful during malware analysis or troubleshooting issues with programs.

                            Project details

                            pyelftools 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

                              • Binary analysis
                              • Malware analysis

                              pyelftools review

                              100

                              GRR Rapid Response

                              Introduction

                              The goal of the GRR tooling is to support digital forensics and investigations. By using a fast and scalable model, analysts can quickly perform their analysis. One of the main features is the ability to search for particular information or details. This process is called hunting.

                              Project details

                              GRR Rapid Response is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + More than 25 contributors
                              • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
                              • + The source code of this software is available
                              • + Supported by a large company

                                Typical usage

                                • Digital forensics
                                • Intrusion detection
                                • Threat hunting

                                GRR Rapid Response review

                                85

                                Intrigue Core

                                Introduction

                                Intrigue Core provides a framework to measure the attack surface of an environment. This includes discovering infrastructure and applications, performing security research, and doing vulnerability discovery.

                                Intrigue also allows enriching available data and perform OSINT research (open source intelligence). The related scans include DNS subdomain brute-forcing, email harvesting, IP geolocation, port scanning, and using public search engines like Censys, Shodan, and Bing.

                                Project details

                                Intrigue Core is written in Ruby.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • OSINT research
                                  • Asset discovery
                                  • Attack surface measurement
                                  • Intelligence gathering
                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Security assessment

                                  Intrigue Core review

                                  64

                                  MalPipe

                                  Introduction

                                  MalPipe is a modular malware and indicator collection and processing framework. It is designed to pull information about malware, domains, URLs, and IP addresses from multiple feeds. Finally, it will enrich the collected data and export the results.

                                  Project details

                                  MalPipe is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Data enrichment
                                  • Data processing
                                  • Intrusion detection
                                  • Malware analysis
                                  • Malware detection

                                  MalPipe review

                                  97

                                  YARA

                                  Introduction

                                  YARA is a tool to identify and classify malware samples. It uses textual or binary patterns to match data, combined with a boolean expression to define a match. YARA is multi-platform, can be used via a command-line interface or via Python scripts using the yara-python extension.

                                  Project details

                                  YARA is written in C.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Malware analysis
                                    • Malware detection
                                    • Malware scanning

                                    YARA review

                                    60

                                    bamfdetect

                                    Introduction

                                    With bamfdetect, malware and bots can be analyzed. It identifies and extracts information and returns data in JSON format.

                                    Project details

                                    bamfdetect is written in Python.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + The source code of this software is available

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Malware analysis
                                      • Malware scanning

                                      bamfdetect review

                                      85

                                      graudit

                                      Introduction

                                      Analysis of source code helps to find programming flaws including those that can lead to software vulnerabilities. Graudit helps to uncover these by searching through the files and discover possible flaws. The tool supports languages like ASP, C, Perl, PHP, Python, and others.

                                      Project details

                                      graudit 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
                                      • + The source code of this software is available

                                        Typical usage

                                        • Code analysis

                                        graudit review

                                        85

                                        FIR (Fast Incident Response)

                                        Introduction

                                        FIR is an incident response tool written in the Django framework. It provides a web interface to deal with the creation and management of security-related incidents.

                                        Project details

                                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                          Typical usage

                                          • Incident response
                                          • Security monitoring

                                          FIR review

                                          60

                                          LogonTracer

                                          Introduction

                                          LogonTracer is a tool to investigate malicious logins from Windows event logs with visualization capabilities.

                                          Project details

                                          LogonTracer is written in Python.

                                          Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                            Typical usage

                                            • Criminal investigations
                                            • Digital forensics
                                            • Learning

                                            LogonTracer review

                                            93

                                            Loki

                                            Introduction

                                            Loki is security tool to find so-called indicators of compromise (IOC). It does this by scanning files and then uses pattern matching.

                                            Project details

                                            Loki is written in Python.

                                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                              Typical usage

                                              • Digital forensics
                                              • Intrusion detection
                                              • Security monitoring

                                              Loki review

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