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. OpenSCAP (suite with tools and security data)
  2. Cloud Security Suite (cloud security toolkit)
  3. sysechk (system auditing tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Scout2.

Alternatives (by score)

72

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

    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

    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

        93

        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

          85

          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

            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

            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

              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

              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

                    76

                    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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