SubBrute alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace SubBrute? During the review of SubBrute 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. Fierce (DNS reconnaissance tool)
  2. SubFinder (subdomain scanner)
  3. aiodnsbrute (asynchronous brute forcing DNS domain names)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to SubBrute.

Alternatives (by score)

85

Fierce

Introduction

Fierce is a security tool that helps with DNS reconnaissance. It can locate non-contiguous IP space, but using DNS information.

Project details

Fierce is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • Reconnaissance
    • Security assessment

    Fierce review

    60

    SubFinder

    Introduction

    SubFinder is a tool to scan domains and discover subdomains. This may be useful during the reconnaissance phase of penetration testing where information is collected. Some subdomains may reveal sensitive data or point to interesting targets such as a backup location.

    Project details

    SubFinder is written in Golang.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + Tool is modular and extendable
    • + More than 500 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Discovery of sensitive information
      • Information gathering
      • Penetration testing
      • Reconnaissance
      • Security assessment

      SubFinder review

      60

      aiodnsbrute (Async DNS Brute)

      Introduction

      When a project requires resolving or guessing host names, then this tool is a great addition to the toolkit. It focuses on 'fast' by using asynchronous operations. The list of names to try is provided with a wordlist.

      Project details

      aiodnsbrute is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Very low number of dependencies
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Network scanning
        • Penetration testing

        aiodnsbrute review

        64

        RTA (Red Team Arsenal)

        Introduction

        RTA is helpful to automate scanning public resources of a company. As the project name implies, this may be used during red teaming, like a penetration test. That obviously does not limit its use, as it is similarly useful by the blue team.

        With its integration with Nessus and other tools, RTA is more of a toolkit. This can be seen in its functionality, like subdomain enumeration and information gathering capabilities.

        Project details

        RTA is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Information gathering
        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment
        • System enumeration

        RTA review

        63

        DNSChef

        Introduction

        DNSChef is a DNS proxy that can be used terminate or intercept traffic for DNS traffic. This might be useful during a penetration test or when researching malware and manipulate the actual DNS responses.

        Project details

        64

        DNSteal

        Introduction

        DNSteal allows you to extract files from a machine through DNS requests. This can be used to circumvent security measures and test them against data leakage. The tool supports compression and allows for multiple files to be transferred.

        Project details

        DNSteal is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 500 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - No releases on GitHub available
        • - Full name of author is unknown

        Typical usage

        • Application security
        • Data hiding

        DNSteal review

        64

        QuickScan

        Introduction

        Although there are many port scanning utilities, sometimes it is specific functionality that makes a tool really powerful. For example, QuickScan saves the results of a scan, which then can be processed later for follow-up.

        Project details

        QuickScan is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + Very low number of dependencies
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - No releases on GitHub available
        • - Full name of author is unknown

        Typical usage

        • Network scanning

        QuickScan review

        64

        DirSearch (Go)

        Introduction

        DirSearch is a Go implementation of the original dirsearch tool written by Mauro Soria. It is used to discover directories by using common names and guessing (fuzzing).

        Project details

        DirSearch (Go) is written in Golang.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Information gathering
          • Penetration testing
          • Security assessment

          DirSearch (Go) review

          74

          LinEnum

          Introduction

          LinEnum is one of the tools that can help with automating penetration tests. It performs a discovery on the environment it runs in and tries finding weaknesses to allow privilege escalation.

          Project details

          LinEnum is written in shell script.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + Very low number of dependencies
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • + Well-known tool

            Typical usage

            • Penetration testing
            • Privilege escalation
            • System enumeration

            LinEnum review

            74

            O-Saft

            Introduction

            O-Saft is the abbreviation for OWASP SSL advanced forensic tool.

            Project details

            O-Saft is written in Perl.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Information gathering
              • Penetration testing
              • Security assessment
              • Vulnerability scanning
              • Web application analysis

              O-Saft review

              63

              Oscanner

              Introduction

              The tool has a plugin-based architecture for enumeration purposes of Oracle installations.

              • Sid enumeration
              • Passwords tests (common & dictionary)
              • Enumerate Oracle version
              • Enumerate account roles
              • Enumerate account privileges
              • Enumerate account hashes
              • Enumerate audit information
              • Enumerate password policies
              • Enumerate database links

              Project details

              Oscanner is written in Java.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Oscanner review

                64

                RootHelper

                Introduction

                RootHelper is a small script to retrieve several enumeration and privilege escalation tools. It can be used during penetration testing.

                Project details

                RootHelper is written in shell script.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Penetration testing
                  • Privilege escalation
                  • Security assessment

                  RootHelper review

                  60

                  SMBMap

                  Introduction

                  SMBMap allows scanning of file resources that are shared with the SMB protocol. The tool will list share drives, drive permissions, the share contents, upload/download functionality, file name auto-download pattern matching, and even execute remote commands. The tool was created for pentesters to simplify finding sensitive data, or at least test for it.

                  Project details

                  SMBMap is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Data leak detection
                    • Information gathering
                    • Penetration testing

                    SMBMap review

                    60

                    Sn1per

                    Introduction

                    Sn1per is security scanner that can be used during a penetration test to enumerate and scan for vulnerabilities.

                    Project details

                    Sn1per is written in Python, shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + More than 10 contributors
                    • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Unknown project license

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Reconnaissance

                    Sn1per review

                    60

                    Sublist3r

                    Introduction

                    Sublist3r helps penetration testers and bug hunters collect and gather subdomains for the domain they are targeting.

                    Project details

                    Sublist3r is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                      Sublist3r review

                      81

                      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

                        64

                        altdns

                        Introduction

                        Altdns is a security tool to discover subdomains. It generates permutations, alterations, and mutations of subdomains. The generated names can also be tested by performing DNS lookups. An enumeration tool like Altdns is useful during penetrating testing assignments.

                        Project details

                        altdns is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Reconnaissance
                          • Subdomain discovery
                          • Subdomain enumeration

                          altdns review

                          78

                          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

                            85

                            dirsearch

                            Introduction

                            Dirsearch is a tool to guide security professionals to find possible information leaks or sensitive data. It does this by looking for directory and file names.

                            Project details

                            dirsearch is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + More than 10 contributors
                            • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment

                              dirsearch review

                              56

                              domain

                              Introduction

                              Domain is a Python script written by Jason Haddix to combine the tools Recon-ng and altdns. It allows to use the two tool one multiple domains within the same session.

                              Project details

                              domain is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                              • + The source code of this software is available
                              • - Unknown project license

                              Typical usage

                              • Subdomain enumeration

                              domain review

                              63

                              keimpx

                              Introduction

                              The keimpx security tool can be used to check for valid credentials across a network. It uses the SMB protocol, typically used on Microsoft Windows and others.

                              Project details

                              keimpx is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Penetration testing
                                • Security assessment

                                keimpx review

                                60

                                massh-enum

                                Introduction

                                Massh-enum is a user enumeration tool for OpenSSH with the goal to find valid usernames. This can be useful during penetration tests or security assessments. The usernames can be valuable to brute-force or may be used on different locations within a network.

                                Project details

                                massh-enum is written in Python, shell script.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                                • + Tool is easy to use
                                • + The source code of this software is available
                                • - Minimal or no documentation available

                                Typical usage

                                • Information gathering
                                • User enumeration

                                massh-enum review

                                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

                                  60

                                  wafw00f

                                  Introduction

                                  wafw00f is a security tool to perform fingerprinting on web applications and detect any web application firewall in use.

                                  Project details

                                  wafw00f is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + The source code of this software is available

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Application fingerprinting
                                    • Information gathering
                                    • Penetration testing
                                    • Reconnaissance
                                    • Security assessment

                                    wafw00f review

                                    64

                                    weblocator

                                    Introduction

                                    The weblocator security tool performs a discovery search to find directories and files. This can be useful for penetration tests to find sensitive data.

                                    Project details

                                    weblocator is written in Python.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + The source code of this software is available

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Information gathering
                                      • Penetration testing
                                      • Security assessment

                                      weblocator review

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