ssh_scan alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace ssh_scan? During the review of ssh_scan 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. Lynis (security scanner and compliance auditing tool)
  2. ssh-audit (SSH auditing tool)
  3. SSHsec (SSH configuration scanner)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to ssh_scan.

Alternatives (by score)

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

    ssh-audit

    Introduction

    The ssh-audit tool is of great help when scanning SSH servers to discover possible improvements. It is written in Python and with a simple 'git clone' it can already be started. You typically would use a tool like this to improve your own SSH configurations or as part of a security assignment.

    Project details

    ssh-audit is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code is easy to read and understand
    • + Tool is easy to use
    • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
    • + Very low number of dependencies
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Application security
      • Penetration testing
      • Security assessment

      ssh-audit review

      60

      SSHsec

      Introduction

      SSHsec scans a system running the SSH protocol and retrieves its configuration, host keys, and Diffie-Hellman groups.

      Project details

      SSHsec is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Information gathering
        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment

        SSHsec review

        64

        Damn Small FI Scanner (DSFS)

        Introduction

        None

        Project details

        Damn Small FI Scanner is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Security assessment
          • Vulnerability scanning

          Damn Small FI Scanner 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

            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

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

            Cloud Security Suite 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

                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

                    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

                      85

                      changeme

                      Introduction

                      Supported protocols:

                      • HTTP/HTTPS
                      • MSSQL
                      • MySQL
                      • PostgreSQL
                      • SSH
                      • SSH with key

                      Project details

                      changeme is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Password strength testing
                        • Security assessment

                        changeme review

                        85

                        exitmap

                        Introduction

                        A tool like exitmap might be useful to monitor the reliability and trustworthiness of Tor exit relays. The Tor Project actually uses exitmap to check for false negatives and find malicious exit relays. These are related to the check service page of the project.

                        Project details

                        60

                        Plecost

                        Introduction

                        Plecost is a security tool to fingerprint WordPress installations and find available vulnerabilities.

                        Project details

                        Plecost is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + Screen output is colored
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Web application analysis

                          Plecost review

                          85

                          SSLyze

                          Introduction

                          SSLyze provides a library for scanning services that use SSL/TLS for encrypted communications. It can be used to test their implementation.

                          Project details

                          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

                            93

                            Cowrie

                            Introduction

                            Cowrie is a honeypot to emulate SSH and telnet services. It can be used to learn attack methods and as an additional layer for security monitoring.

                            Project details

                            Cowrie is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + More than 50 contributors
                            • + More than 1000 GitHub stars

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Learning
                              • Security monitoring
                              • Threat discovery

                              Cowrie review

                              56

                              Dockpot

                              Introduction

                              Using an SSH honeypot is a good way to learn about common attacks on the SSH service. It can provide insights on the number of scans and probes on the network.

                              Project details

                              Dockpot is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Learning
                              • Threat discovery

                              Dockpot review

                              81

                              Fail2ban

                              Introduction

                              Fail2Ban is an intrusion prevention software framework that protects computer servers from brute-force attacks

                              Project details

                              Fail2ban is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Network traffic filtering
                                • Security monitoring

                                Fail2ban review

                                64

                                HonSSH

                                Introduction

                                HonSSH is a high-interaction SSH honeypot to collect information about attackers that target the SSH service.

                                Project details

                                HonSSH is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Learning
                                • Threat discovery

                                HonSSH review

                                74

                                known_hosts_bruteforcer

                                Introduction

                                This utility is useful when you obtained a known_hosts file, but can't decipher the hashed hostnames from it.

                                Project details

                                known_hosts_bruteforcer is written in Perl.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Digital forensics
                                • Penetration testing

                                known_hosts_bruteforcer review

                                67

                                OpenSSH

                                Introduction

                                OpenSSH is a much-used connectivity tool for remote administration of Linux systems. It uses the SSH protocol and encrypts all traffic to eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other related attacks.

                                Project details

                                64

                                SSH Honeypot

                                Introduction

                                SSH Honeypot is as the name implies a honeypot to emulate the SSH service. It can be used to learn about threats and commands used by attackers.

                                Project details

                                SSH Honeypot is written in C.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Learning
                                  • Threat discovery

                                  SSH Honeypot review

                                  52

                                  sshttp

                                  Introduction

                                  This tool allows you to run a web server and SSH daemon on the same TCP port. It can be useful to bypass some firewall restrictions.

                                  Project details

                                  sshttp is written in C++.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + Project is mature (5+ years)
                                  • - Unknown project license

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Bypassing firewall rules
                                  • Protocol multiplexing

                                  sshttp review

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