The Sleuth Kit alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace The Sleuth Kit? During the review of The Sleuth Kit 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. GRR Rapid Response (remote live forensics for incident response)
  2. MIG (real-time investigation tool)
  3. radare2 (reverse engineering tool and binary analysis)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to The Sleuth Kit.

Alternatives (by score)

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GRR Rapid Response

Introduction

The goal of the GRR tooling is to support digital forensics and investigations. By using a fast and scalable model, analysts can quickly perform their analysis. One of the main features is the ability to search for particular information or details. This process is called hunting.

Project details

GRR Rapid Response is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 25 contributors
  • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

    Typical usage

    • Digital forensics
    • Intrusion detection
    • Threat hunting

    GRR Rapid Response review

    74

    MIG (Mozilla InvestiGator)

    Introduction

    MIG provides a platform to perform investigative analysis on remote systems. By using the right queries, information can be obtained from these systems. This all happens in parallel, making intrusion detection, investigation, and follow-up easier.

    Project details

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 25 contributors
    • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available
    • + Supported by a large company

      Typical usage

      • Digital forensics
      • Intrusion detection

      MIG review

      100

      radare2

      Introduction

      Radare2 is a popular framework to perform reverse engineering on many different file types. It can be used to analyze malware, firmware, or any other type of binary files. Besides reverse engineering, it can be used for forensics on filesystems and do data carving. Tasks can be scripted and support languages like JavaScript, Go, and Python. Even software exploitation is one of the functions it can be used in.

      Project details

      radare2 is written in C.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 500 contributors
      • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
      • + Many releases available
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Digital forensics
        • Reverse engineering
        • Software exploitation
        • Troubleshooting

        radare2 review

        74

        Volatility

        Introduction

        Volatility is a well-known tool to analyze memory dumps. Interesting about this project is that the founders of this project decided to create a foundation around the project. This foundation is an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that maintains and promotes open source memory forensics with The Volatility Framework.

        Project details

        Volatility is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • + Project is supported by a foundation

          Typical usage

          • Digital forensics

          Volatility review

          64

          Bitscout

          Introduction

          Bitscout contains a set of popular tools to acquire and analyze disk images onsite. It saves engineers from traveling to the physical location. In other words, it is providing the option to do remote forensics. The project claims that everything is correctly implemented when it comes to digital forensics. One of these requirements is that no data is altered. For example, the remote security professional can obtain a disk image clone, but not alter the machine state.

          Project details

          Bitscout is written in shell script.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Digital forensics

            Bitscout review

            60

            libewf

            Introduction

            The libewf toolkit is useful for those who need to create a disk image or perform disk forensics.

            Project details

            libewf is written in C.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Digital forensics

              libewf review

              64

              dfis (Digital Forensic Investigative Scripts)

              Introduction

              This toolkit of scripts are made by Hal to help in forensic assignments. They make several parts of the job easier, like converting data to another format for further processing.

              Project details

              dfis is written in Perl.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available
              • + Well-known author
              • - No updates for a while

              Typical usage

              • Digital forensics

              dfis review

              64

              FIR (Fast Incident Response)

              Introduction

              FIR is an incident response tool written in the Django framework. It provides a web interface to deal with the creation and management of security-related incidents.

              Project details

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Incident response
                • Security monitoring

                FIR review

                85

                LogonTracer

                Introduction

                LogonTracer is a tool to investigate malicious logins from Windows event logs with visualization capabilities.

                Project details

                LogonTracer is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                  Typical usage

                  • Criminal investigations
                  • Digital forensics
                  • Learning

                  LogonTracer review

                  93

                  Loki

                  Introduction

                  Loki is security tool to find so-called indicators of compromise (IOC). It does this by scanning files and then uses pattern matching.

                  Project details

                  Loki is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Digital forensics
                    • Intrusion detection
                    • Security monitoring

                    Loki review

                    88

                    r2frida

                    Introduction

                    Both Radare2 and Frida have their own area of expertise. This project combines both, to allow a more extensive analysis of files and processes.

                    Project details

                    r2frida is written in C, JavaScript.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Application testing
                      • Binary analysis
                      • Memory analysis

                      r2frida review

                      60

                      shellbags

                      Introduction

                      Typically this tool will be used to gather information from a compromised system or to track traces from a system to find evidence. Shellbags can provide some insight on browsed directories on the system via Explorer on Microsoft Windows systems.

                      Project details

                      shellbags is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Digital forensics

                        shellbags review

                        100

                        TheHive

                        Introduction

                        TheHive is scalable and a complete platform to deal with security incidents. It allows for collaboration between those responsible for dealing with such incidents and related events. It can even use the data of the MISP project, making it easier to start analyzing from there.

                        Project details

                        TheHive is written in Scala.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Digital forensics
                          • Incident response
                          • Intrusion detection

                          TheHive review

                          60

                          ThreatPinch Lookup

                          Introduction

                          ThreatPinch helps to speed up collecting information from common resources like CVE databases or public WHOIS data. As it works from the browser, it is a helpful addition for people who have to perform forensics, security monitoring, or system administration. For example, getting the owner of a domain and IP address becomes almost instant knowledge.

                          Project details

                          ThreatPinch Lookup is written in JavaScript.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + Many integration possibilities available
                          • - Unknown project license

                          Typical usage

                          • Information gathering
                          • Threat hunting

                          ThreatPinch Lookup review

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