SSHsec 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: 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

96

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

60

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

44

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

74

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

67

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

64

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

85

Alternative: ssh_scan

The ssh_scan utility is a SSH configuration and policy scanner maintained by the Mozilla Foundation. It helps to secure Linux systems running the OpenSSH.

This tool is light on its dependencies, as it only uses Ruby and BinData. The scanner is simple to use, as it is limited in the number of parameters and options. There is also the ability to show the results on the screen or export the data to a JSON file. The latter is great if you want to do further processing of the details, or simply store them for later comparison.

Project details

ssh_scan is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • system hardening
  • vulnerability scanning

ssh_scan project page