USB Canary alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace USB Canary? During the review of USB Canary 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. USBGuard (USB device whitelisting)
  2. PCILeech (Direct Memory Access (DMA) attack)
  3. addrwatch (monitoring of ARP and IP addresses)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to USB Canary.

Alternatives (by score)

74

USBGuard

Introduction

USBGuard would be used to define what devices are welcome and lock out the others. It uses a whitelist to define which devices are allowed and defines what they can do.

Project details

USBGuard is written in C++.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

    Typical usage

    • Hardware security
    • System hardening

    USBGuard review

    85

    PCILeech

    Introduction

    This type of tooling could be used to attack a system via the hardware itself. It can be used to disable authentication mechanisms or implant nefarious software components.

    Project details

    PCILeech is written in C.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Hardware security

      PCILeech review

      60

      addrwatch

      Introduction

      Similar to arpwatch, this tool addrwatch will monitor the pairing between ethernet and IP addresses.

      Main features:

      • IPv4 and IPv6 address monitoring
      • Monitoring multiple network interfaces with one daemon
      • Monitoring of VLAN tagged (802.1Q) packets
      • Output to stdout, plain text files, syslog, sqlite3, MySQL
      • IP address usage history preserving output and logging

      Project details

      68

      Certigo

      Introduction

      This toolkit is useful for automatic auditing certificates and retrieving information from them. It can be used for monitoring certificates. These certificates could be stored in a local file or remotely on a system. In the latter case, the tool will be able to connect to the system and retrieve the related information.

      Project details

      Certigo is written in Golang.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Certificate management

        Certigo review

        74

        K8Guard

        Introduction

        The primary goal of K8Guard is monitoring the environment. Instead of focusing on availability, K8Guard helps to detect misbehaving resources. These resources could be Deployments, DaemonSets, Ingresses, Jobs/CronJobs, Namespaces, Pods, and ResourceQuotas.

        Project details

        K8Guard is written in Golang.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Event monitoring

          K8Guard review

          78

          CIRCLean

          Introduction

          Malware regularly uses USB sticks to infect victims. This solution can convert documents with potentially harmful code into disarmed data formats. This converted data is then stored on a trusted device.

          Project details

          CIRCLean is written in shell script.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Data sanitizing
            • Data transfers

            CIRCLean review

            64

            USBleach

            Introduction

            USBleach disarms potential threats like USB Rubber Ducky (keystroke injection) and the BadUSB attack (man-in-the-middle), which can result in a compromised system. This toolkit decreases the risks involved of accepting untrusted USB devices.

            Project details

            USBleach is written in Lua, shell script.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

            USBleach review

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