Scout2 alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Scout2? During the review of Scout2 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. Cloud Security Suite (cloud security toolkit)
  2. sysechk (system auditing tool)
  3. JShielder (Linux hardening tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Scout2.

Alternatives (by score)

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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

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

Cloud Security Suite 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

    64

    JShielder

    Introduction

    JShielder is a security tool for Linux systems to make them more secure by adding system hardening measures.

    Project details

    JShielder is written in Python, shell script.

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • System hardening

      JShielder 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

      • + More than 50 contributors
      • + Commercial support available
      • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
      • + 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

        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

          Prowler

          Introduction

          Prowler is a security tool to check systems on AWS against the related CIS benchmark. This benchmark provides a set of best practices for AWS. The primary usage for this tool is system hardening and compliance checking.

          Project details

          Prowler is written in shell script.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Compliance testing
            • Security assessment
            • System hardening

            Prowler review

            64

            seccheck

            Introduction

            Seccheck is a security scanner for Linux systems. It is originally written for SuSE Linux by Marc Heuse.

            Project details

            seccheck is written in shell script.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - Project looks outdated (old code or documentation)

            Typical usage

            • Security assessment
            • System hardening

            seccheck review

            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

            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

              100

              Faraday

              Introduction

              Faraday helps teams to collaborate when working on penetration tests or vulnerability management. It stores related security information in one place, which can be easily tracked and tested by other colleagues.

              Project details

              Faraday is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + Commercial support available
              • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Collaboration
                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment
                • Vulnerability scanning

                Faraday review

                74

                WordPress Exploit Framework (WPXF)

                Introduction

                WordPress is still one of the most popular frameworks for websites. A variety of open source tools exist to assess the security of this content management system, and its themes and plugins.

                Project details

                WordPress Exploit Framework is written in Ruby.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - Has longer learning curve

                Typical usage

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

                WordPress Exploit Framework review

                78

                Clair

                Introduction

                The tool has been created by CoreOS and can scan containers of different formats. It analyzes them and determines available security weaknesses in the container.

                Project details

                Clair is written in Golang.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Security assessment
                  • Vulnerability scanning

                  Clair review

                  60

                  Docker Bench for Security

                  Introduction

                  Docker Bench for Security is a small security scanner to perform several tests that are part of the Docker CIS benchmark.

                  Project details

                  Docker Bench for Security is written in shell script.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 25 contributors
                  • + Screen output is colored
                  • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Application security
                    • Configuration audit
                    • Security assessment

                    Docker Bench for Security 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

                      52

                      Nix Auditor

                      Introduction

                      This fairly new tool is written in shell script to scan Linux systems with the focus on security auditing.

                      Project details

                      Nix Auditor is written in shell script.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + Used language is shell script
                      • - Full name of author is unknown
                      • - Unknown project license

                      Nix Auditor review

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