RootHelper alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace RootHelper? During the review of RootHelper 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. LinEnum (enumeration and privilege escalation)
  2. DirSearch (Go) (directory fuzzer for web applications)
  3. Fierce (DNS reconnaissance tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to RootHelper.

Alternatives (by score)

74

LinEnum

Introduction

LinEnum is one of the tools that can help with automating penetration tests. It performs a discovery on the environment it runs in and tries finding weaknesses to allow privilege escalation.

Project details

LinEnum is written in shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + Very low number of dependencies
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known tool

    Typical usage

    • Penetration testing
    • Privilege escalation
    • System enumeration

    LinEnum review

    64

    DirSearch (Go)

    Introduction

    DirSearch is a Go implementation of the original dirsearch tool written by Mauro Soria. It is used to discover directories by using common names and guessing (fuzzing).

    Project details

    DirSearch (Go) is written in Golang.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Information gathering
      • Penetration testing
      • Security assessment

      DirSearch (Go) review

      60

      Fierce

      Introduction

      Fierce is a security tool that helps with DNS reconnaissance. It can locate non-contiguous IP space, but using DNS information.

      Project details

      Fierce is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Information gathering
        • Reconnaissance
        • Security assessment

        Fierce review

        97

        O-Saft

        Introduction

        O-Saft is the abbreviation for OWASP SSL advanced forensic tool.

        Project details

        O-Saft is written in Perl.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

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

          O-Saft review

          63

          Oscanner

          Introduction

          The tool has a plugin-based architecture for enumeration purposes of Oracle installations.

          • Sid enumeration
          • Passwords tests (common & dictionary)
          • Enumerate Oracle version
          • Enumerate account roles
          • Enumerate account privileges
          • Enumerate account hashes
          • Enumerate audit information
          • Enumerate password policies
          • Enumerate database links

          Project details

          Oscanner is written in Java.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Oscanner review

            60

            SMBMap

            Introduction

            SMBMap allows scanning of file resources that are shared with the SMB protocol. The tool will list share drives, drive permissions, the share contents, upload/download functionality, file name auto-download pattern matching, and even execute remote commands. The tool was created for pentesters to simplify finding sensitive data, or at least test for it.

            Project details

            SMBMap is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Data leak detection
              • Information gathering
              • Penetration testing

              SMBMap review

              52

              Sn1per

              Introduction

              Sn1per is security scanner that can be used during a penetration test to enumerate and scan for vulnerabilities.

              Project details

              Sn1per is written in Python, shell script.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Penetration testing
              • Reconnaissance

              Sn1per review

              60

              SubBrute (subdomain-bruteforcer)

              Introduction

              SubBrute is a DNS meta-query spider that enumerates DNS records and subdomains. This can be useful during penetration tests and security assessments.

              Project details

              SubBrute is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • - Full name of author is unknown

              Typical usage

              • Information gathering
              • Penetration testing
              • Security assessment

              SubBrute review

              60

              Sublist3r

              Introduction

              Sublist3r helps penetration testers and bug hunters collect and gather subdomains for the domain they are targeting.

              Project details

              Sublist3r is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Sublist3r 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

                  64

                  altdns

                  Introduction

                  Altdns is a security tool to discover subdomains. It generates permutations, alterations, and mutations of subdomains. The generated names can also be tested by performing DNS lookups. An enumeration tool like Altdns is useful during penetrating testing assignments.

                  Project details

                  altdns is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Reconnaissance
                    • Subdomain discovery
                    • Subdomain enumeration

                    altdns review

                    78

                    detectem

                    Introduction

                    Detectem can be a good early vulnerability detection system. By scanning regularly the dependencies of web applications, old versions of tools can be detected and upgraded. This tool is also helpful for penetration tests to find out what kind of software components are used.

                    Project details

                    detectem is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Application security
                      • Application testing
                      • Reconnaissance
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      detectem review

                      85

                      dirsearch

                      Introduction

                      Dirsearch is a tool to guide security professionals to find possible information leaks or sensitive data. It does this by looking for directory and file names.

                      Project details

                      dirsearch is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                        Typical usage

                        • Information gathering
                        • Penetration testing
                        • Security assessment

                        dirsearch review

                        56

                        domain

                        Introduction

                        Domain is a Python script written by Jason Haddix to combine the tools Recon-ng and altdns. It allows to use the two tool one multiple domains within the same session.

                        Project details

                        domain is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                        • + The source code of this software is available
                        • - Unknown project license

                        Typical usage

                        • Subdomain enumeration

                        domain review

                        63

                        keimpx

                        Introduction

                        The keimpx security tool can be used to check for valid credentials across a network. It uses the SMB protocol, typically used on Microsoft Windows and others.

                        Project details

                        keimpx is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Penetration testing
                          • Security assessment

                          keimpx review

                          60

                          massh-enum

                          Introduction

                          Massh-enum is a user enumeration tool for OpenSSH with the goal to find valid usernames. This can be useful during penetration tests or security assessments. The usernames can be valuable to brute-force or may be used on different locations within a network.

                          Project details

                          massh-enum is written in Python, shell script.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                          • + Tool is easy to use
                          • + The source code of this software is available
                          • - Minimal or no documentation available

                          Typical usage

                          • Information gathering
                          • User enumeration

                          massh-enum review

                          60

                          tlsenum

                          Introduction

                          Tlsenum is a CLI tool to enumerate TLS protocol and TLS cipher support by a server. The tool lists then the output based on the order of priority. Tlsenum can be used to find the supported protocols and ciphers of a system and determine if it is properly hardened. This information can be useful to system administrators and pentesters doing a security assessment of the system.

                          Project details

                          tlsenum is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Information gathering
                            • Security assessment
                            • System enumeration
                            • System hardening

                            tlsenum review

                            60

                            wafw00f

                            Introduction

                            wafw00f is a security tool to perform fingerprinting on web applications and detect any web application firewall in use.

                            Project details

                            wafw00f is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Application fingerprinting
                              • Information gathering
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Reconnaissance
                              • Security assessment

                              wafw00f review

                              64

                              weblocator

                              Introduction

                              The weblocator security tool performs a discovery search to find directories and files. This can be useful for penetration tests to find sensitive data.

                              Project details

                              weblocator is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Information gathering
                                • Penetration testing
                                • Security assessment

                                weblocator review

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