sysechk alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace sysechk? During the review of sysechk 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. Cloud Security Suite (cloud security toolkit)
  2. Lynis (security scanner and compliance auditing tool)
  3. orthrus (security framework and auditing tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to sysechk.

Alternatives (by score)

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

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

    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

      64

      Zeus

      Introduction

      Zeus is a tool to perform a quick security scan of an AWS environment. It helps to find missing security controls, so additional system hardening measures can be applied to systems.

      Project details

      Zeus is written in shell script.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Used language is shell script
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - No releases on GitHub available

      Typical usage

      • Configuration audit
      • Security assessment
      • Self-assessment
      • System hardening

      Zeus 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

        76

        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

          52

          Nix Auditor

          Introduction

          This fairly new tool is written in shell script to scan Linux systems with the focus on security auditing.

          Project details

          Nix Auditor is written in shell script.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + Used language is shell script
          • - Full name of author is unknown
          • - Unknown project license

          Nix Auditor review

          89

          OpenSCAP

          Introduction

          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 and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Security assessment
            • Vulnerability scanning

            OpenSCAP review

            78

            CloudSploit scans

            Introduction

            CloudSploit scans is an open source software project to test security risks related to an AWS account. It runs tests against your Amazon account and aims to discover any potential misconfigured setting or other risks.

            Project details

            CloudSploit scans is written in Node.js.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 10 contributors
            • + More than 500 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - No releases on GitHub available

            Typical usage

            • Configuration audit
            • IT audit
            • Security assessment

            CloudSploit scans review

            60

            iniscan

            Introduction

            Iniscan scans a given php.ini file and tests it against security best practices. It reports back the results by showing a Pass or Fail for each related test. As it is a command-line utility, it can be used in automated testing.

            Project details

            iniscan is written in PHP.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 25 contributors
            • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Configuration audit
              • Security assessment

              iniscan review

              85

              Kube-Bench

              Introduction

              Tools like Kube-Bench help with quickly checking configuration weaknesses or discovering bad defaults.

              Project details

              Kube-Bench is written in Golang.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Kube-Bench 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

                  97

                  testssl.sh

                  Introduction

                  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 and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Application testing
                    • Configuration audit

                    testssl.sh 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

                      Scout2

                      Introduction

                      Scout2 is a security tool to assess the security of an AWS environment. It can be used for system hardening and IT audits.

                      Project details

                      Scout2 is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 10 contributors
                      • + More than 500 GitHub stars

                        Typical usage

                        • IT audit
                        • Security assessment
                        • Self-assessment
                        • System hardening

                        Scout2 review

                        64

                        JShielder

                        Introduction

                        JShielder is a security tool for Linux systems to make them more secure by adding system hardening measures.

                        Project details

                        JShielder is written in Python, shell script.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • System hardening

                          JShielder review

                          64

                          seccheck

                          Introduction

                          Seccheck is a security scanner for Linux systems. It is originally written for SuSE Linux by Marc Heuse.

                          Project details

                          seccheck is written in shell script.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available
                          • - Project looks outdated (old code or documentation)

                          Typical usage

                          • Security assessment
                          • System hardening

                          seccheck 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

                            100

                            Faraday

                            Introduction

                            Faraday helps teams to collaborate when working on penetration tests or vulnerability management. It stores related security information in one place, which can be easily tracked and tested by other colleagues.

                            Project details

                            Faraday is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Collaboration
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment
                              • Vulnerability scanning

                              Faraday review

                              81

                              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

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