shcheck alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace shcheck? During the review of shcheck 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. Arachni (web application scanner)
  2. CMSeeK (CMS detection and exploitation)
  3. Nikto (web application scanner)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to shcheck.

Alternatives (by score)

74

Arachni

Introduction

Arachni is framework written in Ruby with focus on evaluating the security of web applications. Typical users include security professionals and system administrators.

The tooling is free and open source. Besides Linux, it also runs on macOS and Microsoft Windows.

Project details

Arachni is written in Ruby.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Penetration testing
    • Security assessment
    • Web application analysis

    Arachni review

    88

    CMSeeK

    Introduction

    CMSeeK is a security scanner for content management systems (CMS). It can perform a wide range of functions starting from the detection of the CMS, up to vulnerability scanning. The tool claims to support over 100 different CMS tools, with extensive support for the commonly used ones like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.

    The scans performed by CMSeeK include version detection. It can also do enumeration of users, plugins, and themes. This might be useful to see what users or components are available. The tool includes admin page discovery, file discovery, and directory listing. Anything that might be useful to a penetration test or security assessment, might be displayed.

    Project details

    CMSeeK is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available
    • - Full name of author is unknown

    Typical usage

    • Penetration testing
    • Software exploitation
    • Software identification
    • Vulnerability scanning

    CMSeeK review

    74

    Nikto

    Introduction

    Nikto helps with performing security scans against web servers and to search for vulnerabilities in web applications.

    Project details

    Nikto is written in Perl.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available
    • + Well-known tool

      Typical usage

      • Penetration testing
      • Security assessment
      • Web application analysis

      Nikto review

      59

      Wapiti

      Introduction

      Wapiti is typically used to audit web applications.

      Project details

      Wapiti is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available
      • + Well-known tool

        Typical usage

        • Application fuzzing
        • Vulnerability scanning
        • Web application analysis

        Wapiti review

        60

        VHostScan

        Introduction

        Tools like VHostScan are powerful to perform reconnaissance and discover configuration defaults. This can be useful during penetration tests or security testing, to see if a system has been stripped from default pages. If not, this tool might discover them and provide valuable information about the system.

        Project details

        VHostScan is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Penetration testing
          • Reconnaissance

          VHostScan review

          60

          wig (WebApp Information Gatherer)

          Introduction

          Wig is a security tool to discover what particular software is for a web application or website. It can detect several Content Management Systems (CMS) and other administrative applications. This may be useful for those performing reconnaissance or information gathering, like during a penetration test of security assessment.

          Project details

          wig is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available
          • - No updates for a while
          • - Full name of author is unknown

          Typical usage

          • Application fingerprinting
          • Information gathering
          • Reconnaissance
          • Web application analysis

          wig review

          56

          Admin Page Finder (PHP)

          Introduction

          Admin Page Finder is a tool written in PHP to find admin sections within a website. It can be used during pentesting and security assessments.

          Project details

          Admin Page Finder (PHP) is written in PHP.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available
          • - Unknown project license

          Typical usage

          • Penetration testing
          • Reconnaissance

          Admin Page Finder (PHP) review

          85

          JoomScan

          Introduction

          JoomScan could be used to test your Joomla installation or during security assessments. As it has a primary focus on Joomla, it may provide better results than generic vulnerability scanners.

          Project details

          JoomScan is written in Perl.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Vulnerability scanning
            • Vulnerability testing

            JoomScan review

            64

            SQLMate

            Introduction

            SQLMate is a tool to perform security assessments and vulnerability of web applications. It can discover admin panels of websites, which might be a way to break into a web application. It also has the option for dorking, which means it can find possible vulnerable targets to a particular attack.

            Project details

            SQLMate is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Penetration testing
            • Web application analysis

            SQLMate review

            60

            Wfuzz

            Introduction

            Wfuzz is a fuzzing tool written in Python. Tools like Wfuzz are typically used to test web applications and how they handle both expected as unexpected input.

            Project details

            Wfuzz is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Application fuzzing
              • Application security
              • Application testing
              • Web application analysis

              Wfuzz 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

                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

                60

                Wordstress

                Introduction

                WordPress is a popular choice among content management systems (CMS). Powering many websites and blogs, it is also a popular target. So regular updates and security testing can help to reduce the risk. WordStress can help with this testing.

                Project details

                Wordstress is written in Ruby.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Application security
                  • Vulnerability scanning
                  • Web application analysis

                  Wordstress review

                  64

                  Yasuo

                  Introduction

                  Yasuo is a Ruby script that scans for vulnerable and exploitable third-party web applications. There are many remotely exploitable vulnerabilities for web applications and their front-end components. Yasuo helps to make it easier to scan for the weaknesses like remote code execution (RCE), SQL injections, and file inclusions.

                  Project details

                  Yasuo is written in Ruby.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Vulnerability scanning
                    • Web application analysis

                    Yasuo review

                    100

                    ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy)

                    Introduction

                    ZAP is an intercepting proxy of web traffic. You will need to configure your browser to connect to the web application you wish to test through ZAP.

                    Note: Zed Attack Proxy, or ZAP, is also known as zaproxy.

                    Project details

                    ZAP is written in Java.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + More than 50 contributors
                    • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                    • + Many maintainers
                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Many reported issues are still open

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Security assessment
                    • Software testing
                    • Web application analysis

                    ZAP review

                    59

                    BlindElephant

                    Introduction

                    BlindElephant is a security tool to perform fingerprinting of web applications. It can discover the name and version of known web applications.

                    Project details

                    85

                    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

                      68

                      Gitem

                      Introduction

                      Gitem is a reconnaissance tool to extract information about organizations on GitHub. It can be used to find the leaking of sensitive data.

                      Project details

                      Gitem is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Information gathering
                        • Security assessment
                        • Security monitoring
                        • Self-assessment

                        Gitem review

                        52

                        Recon-ng

                        Introduction

                        Recon-ng is a full-featured web reconnaissance framework. It is written in Python and modular, useful for penetrating tests and security assessments.

                        Project details

                        Recon-ng is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Collaboration
                          • Information gathering
                          • Information sharing
                          • Security assessment

                          Recon-ng review

                          78

                          Wappalyzer

                          Introduction

                          Wappalyzer can be a useful asset when performing reconnaissance on a particular target like a web application or website. It helps to find what software is used to run a particular page. Components that can be detected are the content management system (CMS), JavaScript framework, e-commerce software, web server, and more.

                          Project details

                          Wappalyzer is written in Node.js.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + Has 300+ contributors
                          • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
                          • + Many releases available
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Information gathering
                            • Reconnaissance
                            • Software identification

                            Wappalyzer review

                            64

                            Tulpar

                            Introduction

                            Tulpar is a vulnerability scanner that can be used to test new or existing web applications. In the former case, it could be helpful to test a new project before it is deployed into production. This could be done by the developer or a security professional. If some web application is already in production, then it might be a good tool to perform regular testing on known vulnerabilities. In this case, it is typically a pentester or security specialist that does the testing.

                            Project details

                            Tulpar is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available
                            • - Minimal or no documentation available

                            Typical usage

                            • Application security
                            • Application testing
                            • Web application analysis

                            Tulpar review

                            60

                            hsecscan (hsecscan)

                            Introduction

                            The hsecscan utility is written in Python and opens a connection (via HTTP or HTTPS) to the related web server. It will return all headers found and includes an explanation of what each header does. Any security recommendations are listed as well.

                            Project details

                            hsecscan is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Learning
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment
                              • Web application analysis

                              hsecscan review

                              96

                              django-security

                              Introduction

                              Django-security is an extension for developers seeking more security measures in their Django project. The toolkit can set or activate particular settings improving security. Examples of these settings include the use of particular HTTP headers that increase the security defenses of the web application.

                              Part of the toolkit is middleware to enforce password strength, set the do-not-track header, enable content security policy (CSP), enable privacy policy (P3P), limit session length, use HTTPS (HSTS), XSS protection, and more.

                              Project details

                              django-security is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Application security

                                django-security review

                                78

                                OSHP (OWASP Secure Headers Project)

                                Introduction

                                OSHP is short for OWASP SecureHeaders Project. The project publishes reports on the usage of HTTP headers. This includes usage stats, developments, and changes. It provides awareness on HTTP headers and has the goal to improve the adoption rate.

                                Project details

                                OSHP is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Data extraction
                                  • Information gathering
                                  • Information sharing
                                  • Security awareness

                                  OSHP review

                                  64

                                  DorkNet

                                  Introduction

                                  DorkNet helps with the discovery of vulnerable web apps. It is a script written in Python that leverages Selenium.

                                  Project details

                                  DorkNet is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + The source code of this software is available

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Security assessment
                                    • Vulnerability scanning
                                    • Web application analysis

                                    DorkNet review

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