ssh_scan alternatives

Looking for a better tool, or simply want to learn about alternatives? There is typically more than one option.

Alternatives (by tag)

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Alternative: changeme

The tool changeme is a credential scanner for default usernames and passwords, or common combinations of these.

Project details

changeme is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • password strength testing
  • security assessment

changeme project page

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Alternative: Damn Small FI Scanner (DSFS)

Project details

Damn Small FI Scanner is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

Damn Small FI Scanner project page

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Alternative: exitmap

Exitmap is a scanner to find Tor exit relays. It focuses on speed and is built as a modular tool to fetch pages, upload files, connect to SSH, and more.

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Alternative: Plecost

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

Project details

Plecost is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • web application analysis

Plecost project page

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Alternative: SSLyze

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

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Alternative: tlsenum

The CLI tool tlsenum attempts to enumerate what TLS cipher suites a server supports and then list them in order of priority.

This tool works by sending out sending out TLS ClientHello messages. Any ServerHello responses from the server are parsed. It assumes that the server is the one which decides the preferred cipher suite, giving an idea on the available ciphers.

Project details

tlsenum is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • security assessment
  • system hardening

tlsenum project page

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Alternative: Cowrie

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

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

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • learning
  • security monitoring
  • threat discovery

Cowrie project page

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Alternative: Dockpot

Dockpot uses Docker containers and HonSSH to create on-demand SSH honeypots. It forwards traffic for analysis and learning about attack patterns.

Project details

Dockpot is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No releases on GitHub available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

Dockpot project page

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Alternative: Fail2ban

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

Project details

Fail2ban is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • network traffic filtering
  • security monitoring

Fail2ban project page

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Alternative: HonSSH

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

HonSSH project page

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Alternative: Kippo

Kippo is a honeypot for SSH connections and written in Python. It can be used to learn about the scripts and attacks that are commonly used against SSH.

Project details

Kippo is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while
  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • intrusion detection
  • security monitoring

Kippo project page

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Alternative: known_hosts_bruteforcer

The known_hosts_bruteforce is a script to discover hostnames from the known_hosts file. This can be useful during penetration testing or incident response.

Project details

known_hosts_bruteforcer is written in Perl.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while

Typical usage

  • digital forensics
  • penetration test

known_hosts_bruteforcer project page

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Alternative: OpenSSH

OpenSSH is the much-used connectivity tool for remote administration. It uses the SSH protocol and encrypts all traffic to eliminate attacks like eavesdropping.

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.

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Alternative: ssh-audit

The ssh-audit tool helps to perform a security assessment of SSH servers and their configuration. It can be used for security testing and penetration tests.

Project details

ssh-audit is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application security
  • penetration test
  • security assessment

ssh-audit project page

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Alternative: SSH Honeypot

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • learning
  • threat discovery

SSH Honeypot project page

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Alternative: SSHsec

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • penetration test
  • security assessment

SSHsec project page

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Alternative: Anchore

Anchore is a toolkit to perform in-depth container analysis, inspection, and controlling them. Among security scanning, it can do a wide range of functions.

Project details

Anchore is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + Commercial support available
  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • system hardening

Anchore project page

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Alternative: AutoNessus (autonessus)

The AutoNessus tool helps with automating vulnerability scans via the Nessus API. It lists policies and can configure the state of scans.

This tool is useful to time scans, for example by having it run outside of business hours, and stop when the day starts.

Note: originally another tool was named AutoNessus. That is now Seccubus.

Project details

AutoNessus is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No releases on GitHub available

Typical usage

  • vulnerability scanning

AutoNessus project page

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Alternative: CMSmap

CMSmap is a security tool to perform reconnaissance on a web target. It helps with the detection of several popular content management systems (CMS).

Project details

CMSmap is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • application testing
  • information gathering
  • vulnerability scanning
  • web application analysis

CMSmap project page

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Alternative: Damn Small JS Scanner (DSJS)

Project details

Damn Small JS Scanner is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment

Damn Small JS Scanner project page

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Alternative: Jackhammer

Jackhammer is a collaboration tool to get security and developer teams together. Focus is on static code analysis and dynamic analysis vulnerability discovery.

The tool uses RBAC (Role Based Access Control) with different levels of access. Jackhammer uses several tools to do dynamic and static code analysis (e.g. for Java, Ruby, Python, and Nodejs). It checks also for vulnerabilities in libraries. Due to its modular architecture, it can use several scanners out of the box, with options to add your own.

The Jackhammer project was initially added to GitHub on the 8th of May, 2017.

Project details

Jackhammer is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • collaboration
  • information sharing

Jackhammer project page

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Alternative: Nikto

Nikto is an open source security scanner which tests web servers for potential vulnerabilities.

Project details

Nikto is written in Perl.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • web application analysis

Nikto project page

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Alternative: Nmap

Nmap is a security scanner that can perform a port scan, network exploration, and determine vulnerabilities

Nmap is short for "Network Mapper". It is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. It was release in September of 1997 by Gordon Lyon, commonly known under his pseudonym "Fyodor".

Project details

Nmap is written in C, C++, Lua, Python.

Strengths

  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known author
  • + Well-known tool

Weaknesses

  • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

Typical usage

  • network scanning
  • vulnerability scanning

Nmap project page

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Alternative: OpenSCAP

Tools to assist administrators and auditors with assessment, measurement and enforcement of security baselines

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

  • + More than 25 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

Typical usage

  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

OpenSCAP project page

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Alternative: OpenVAS

OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.

OpenVAS is an open source vulnerability scanner that emerged from when Nessus became closed source in October of 2005.

Project details

OpenVAS is written in C.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

OpenVAS project page

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Alternative: portSpider

portSpider is a security tool to scan network ranges and find open ports. The goal of the tool is to find vulnerable services.

Project details

portSpider is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • network scanning
  • vulnerability scanning

portSpider project page

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Alternative: Seccubus

Seccubus automates vulnerability scanning with support for Nessus, OpenVAS, NMap, SSLyze, Medusa, SkipFish, OWASP ZAP, and SSLlabs.

Supported engines and tools:

  • Nessus
  • OpenVAS
  • Nmap
  • Nikto
  • Medusa
  • Qualys SSL labs
  • SkipFish
  • SSLyze
  • testssl.sh
  • ZAP

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Alternative: Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a web vulnerability scanner to find flaws in common web applications and frameworks. It can perform fingerprinting and vulnerability discovery.

Project details

Spaghetti is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • vulnerability scanning
  • vulnerability testing

Spaghetti project page

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Alternative: sqlmap

The sqlmap performs automatic SQL injection and can take over a database. It is a valued tool for pentesters and those who want to test their web applications.

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Alternative: testssl.sh

testssl.sh is a command line tool which checks a system on any port for the support of TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols, as well as some cryptographic flaws.

Key features of testssl.sh include:

  • Clear output: you can tell easily whether anything is good or bad
  • Ease of installation: It works for Linux, Darwin, FreeBSD, NetBSD and MSYS2/Cygwin out of the box: no need to install or configure something, no gems, CPAN, pip or the like.
  • Flexibility: You can test any SSL/TLS enabled and STARTTLS service, not only webservers at port 443
  • Toolbox: Several command line options help you to run YOUR test and configure YOUR output
  • Reliability: features are tested thoroughly
  • Verbosity: If a particular check cannot be performed because of a missing capability on your client side, you'll get a warning
  • Privacy: It's only you who sees the result, not a third party
  • Freedom: It's 100% open source. You can look at the code, see what's going on and you can change it.

Project details

testssl.sh is written in shell script.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application testing
  • configuration audit

testssl.sh project page

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Alternative: Tulpar

Tulpar is a security tool to scan web targets for possible vulnerabilities. It checks a wide range of items and attack types for this particular purpose.

Project details

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • application security
  • application testing
  • web application analysis

Tulpar project page

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Alternative: Vane

Vane is a forked project of the now non-free popular WordPress vulnerability scanner WPScan.

Project details

Vane is written in Ruby.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application security
  • web application analysis

Vane project page

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Alternative: vulnix

Vulnix is a security scanner for NixOS. It specifically looks for vulnerabilities in available packages and comes with a command line interface (CLI).

Project details

vulnix is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • vulnerability scanning

vulnix project page

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Alternative: Vuls

Vuls is a vulnerability scanner for Linux and FreeBSD. It is written in Go, agentless, and does a remote login to find any software vulnerabilities.

Project details

Vuls is written in Golang.

Strengths

  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • system hardening
  • vulnerability scanning

Vuls project page

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Alternative: Whitewidow

Whitewidow is a security tool to perform automated SQL vulnerability scans. It can be used during penetration tests or for security assessments.

Project details

Whitewidow is written in Ruby.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application security
  • penetration test
  • vulnerability scanning

Whitewidow project page

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Alternative: WPScan

WPScan is a security tool to perform black box WordPress vulnerability scans, including enumeration of used plugins

Project details

WPScan is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + More than 25 contributors
  • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

WPScan project page

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Alternative: WPSeku

WPSeku is a WordPress vulnerability scanner that can be used to scan remote WordPress installations.

With WPSeku a WordPress installation can be tested for the presence of security issues. Some examples are cross-site scripting (XSS), sql injection, and local file inclusion. The tool also tests for the presence of default configuration files. These files may reveal version numbers, used themes and plugins.

Project details

WPSeku is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

WPSeku project page

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Alternative: wpvulndb_cmd

wpvulndb_cmd is a command-line security tool to perform a vulnerability scan on WordPress installations. It uses WP-CLI and the WPScan vulnerability database.

Project details

wpvulndb_cmd is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • web application analysis

wpvulndb_cmd project page

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Alternative: XSS Hunter

XSS Hunter helps with finding XSS attacks and trigger a warning when one is succesful. It exists as an online service, or self-hosted installation.

By using a specific link, XSS Hunter can see when some attack successfully is triggered. It will then store information like the vulnerable page's URI, referer, HTML DOM, the screenshot of page, and cookies. Regarding the victim, it stores the IP address and the user agent.

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Alternative: YASAT

YASAT describes itself as another simple stupid audit tool to test Linux systems. It has many tests for checking the security configuration of the system.

The YASAT tool performs a system scan to detect configuration issues and possible improvements for hardening the system.

Project details

YASAT is written in shell script.

Strengths

  • + Used language is shell script

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while

Typical usage

  • IT audit
  • security assessment

YASAT project page

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Alternative: Zenmap

The graphical user interface for the well-known network and vulnerability scanner nmap.

Zenmap is a graphical user interface (GUI) for Nmap. It can be of great help to start a network scan by simply selecting the options you want. Besides Linux, it also runs on Microsoft Windows, macOS, BSD, and other flavors of Unix.

One of the strengths of Zenmap is the ability to store profiles, which can be reused for later scans. The command creator is another one, which helps interactively create the right nmap commands. Recent scans are stored in a searchable database and scan results can be saved and compared.

Project details

Zenmap is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment

Zenmap project page