testssl.sh alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace testssl.sh? During the review of testssl.sh 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. cipherscan (TLS/SSL cipher scanner)
  2. sslcaudit (auditing tool for SSL/TLS clients)
  3. Lynis (security scanner and compliance auditing tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to testssl.sh.

Alternatives (by score)

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cipherscan

Introduction

The tool is of great assistance to quickly perform a security audit and may be used during penetrating testing, or guiding system administrator for system hardening.

Project details

cipherscan is written in Python, shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + Screen output is colored
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
  • + Very low number of dependencies
  • + Supported by a large company

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • Security assessment
    • System hardening
    • Web application analysis

    cipherscan review

    60

    sslcaudit

    Introduction

    Sslcaudit is a tool that focuses on the niche of testing SSL/TLS clients.

    Project details

    sslcaudit is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Security assessment
      • Software testing

      sslcaudit 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

        64

        A2SV

        Introduction

        A2SV is short for Auto Scanning to SSL Vulnerability, a security tool to scan for SSL and TLS vulnerabilities. It can be used during security assessments.

        Project details

        A2SV is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - Full name of author is unknown

        Typical usage

        • Vulnerability scanning
        • Vulnerability testing

        A2SV 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

          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

          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

              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

                    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

                      60

                      sysechk (System Security Checker)

                      Introduction

                      System Security Checker, or sysechk, is a tool to perform a system audit against a set of best practices. It uses a modular approach to test the system.

                      Project details

                      sysechk is written in shell script.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                        Typical usage

                        • IT audit
                        • System hardening

                        sysechk 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

                          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

                          81

                          OpenSSL

                          Introduction

                          This popular toolkit is used by many systems. It provides options like encryption and hashing of data, integrity testing, and digital certificates and signatures. Many software applications use the toolkit to provide support for these functions. OpenSSL also has a client utility that can be used on the command line to test, decrypt and encrypt data, and create certificates.

                          Project details

                          OpenSSL is written in C.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available
                          • + Well-known library
                          • - Major vulnerabilities in the past

                          Typical usage

                          • Certificate management
                          • Data encryption

                          OpenSSL review

                          74

                          Certificate Transparency

                          Introduction

                          HTTPS connections use cryptographic functions to provide confidentiality and integrity. It can provide features like domain validation, end-to-end encryption, and a trust chain from certificate authorities down to the end-user. Any flaws can endanger these goals, like the impersonation of a system, man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks, and website spoofing. This project helps to find flaws and improve the overall security of our internet.

                          Project details

                          60

                          clinker

                          Introduction

                          Clinker is a tool to test SSL and TLS security for Firefox. It is an addon that shows the used cipher suites, certificates, and shows related security information of the connection itself.

                          Requirements: Firefox

                          Project details

                          64

                          Lemur

                          Introduction

                          With Lemur you can provide a central portal for developers and administrators to issue TLS certificates with predefined defaults.

                          Lemur works on CPython 3.5 and uses the Flask framework. Another component it uses is cryptography to handle the creation of the certificates.

                          Netflix develops on macOS and deploys on Ubuntu servers.

                          Project details

                          Lemur is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                          • + The source code of this software is available
                          • + Supported by a large company

                            Typical usage

                            • Certificate management

                            Lemur review

                            56

                            MassBleed

                            Introduction

                            MassBleed is a SSL vulnerability scanner to check for several known vulnerabilities and attacks like DROWN, POODLE, and ShellShock.

                            Project details

                            MassBleed is written in Perl, Python, shell script.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available
                            • - Full name of author is unknown
                            • - Unknown project license

                            Typical usage

                            • Application security
                            • Web application analysis

                            MassBleed review

                            56

                            AESKeyFinder

                            Introduction

                            AESKeyFinder uses various algorithms to perform entropy tests and filter out blocks that are not AES keys. The remaining blocks are then displayed as possible AES keys.

                            Project details

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                            Typical usage

                            • Data extraction

                            AESKeyFinder review

                            74

                            git-crypt

                            Introduction

                            This tools allows you to store your secrets (such as keys or passwords) in the same repository as your code.

                            Project details

                            git-crypt is written in C++.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + More than 10 contributors
                            • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Data encryption

                              git-crypt review

                              81

                              pick

                              Introduction

                              Tools like pick are used to store passwords and secrets safely.

                              Project details

                              pick is written in Golang.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Data security
                                • Secure storage

                                pick review

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