Vane alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Vane? During the review of Vane 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. WPScan (WordPress vulnerability scanner)
  2. WordPress Exploit Framework (WordPress exploiting toolkit)
  3. Wordpresscan (WordPress vulnerability scanner)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Vane.

Alternatives (by score)

93

WPScan

Introduction

WPScan can scan WordPress installations and determine if there are vulnerabilities in a particular installation.

Project details

WPScan is written in Ruby.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 25 contributors
  • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

Typical usage

  • Penetration testing
  • Security assessment
  • Vulnerability scanning

WPScan review

74

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

60

Wordpresscan

Introduction

Tools like WordPresscan are useful to perform vulnerability scans on the popular WordPress platform. It can be used during development and on existing installations.

Project details

Wordpresscan is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Application security
    • Penetration testing
    • Web application analysis

    Wordpresscan review

    60

    Wordstress

    Introduction

    WordPress is a popular choice among content management systems (CMS). Powering many websites and blogs, it is also a popular target. So regular updates and security testing can help to reduce the risk. WordStress can help with this testing.

    Project details

    Wordstress is written in Ruby.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Application security
      • Vulnerability scanning
      • Web application analysis

      Wordstress review

      68

      flunym0us

      Introduction

      Flunym0us is a security scanner for WordPress and Moodle installations. The tool tests the security of the installation by performing enumeration attempts.

      Project details

      flunym0us is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Vulnerability scanning
        • Web application analysis

        flunym0us review

        60

        droopescan

        Introduction

        Droopescan can be used to test the security of several Content Management Systems (CMS). It mainly focuses on Drupal, SilverStripe, and Wordpress installations.

        Project details

        droopescan is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Web application analysis

          droopescan review

          100

          Archery

          Introduction

          Archery is a tool that helps to collect data about vulnerabilities within an environment. Instead of focusing on the actual scanning, it allows managing findings in a web-based interface. This includes options like reporting, searching, and dashboards. It can interact with other tools, including the well-known vulnerability scanners.

          Project details

          Archery is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Penetration testing
            • Vulnerability management
            • Vulnerability scanning
            • Vulnerability testing

            Archery review

            60

            Dagda

            Introduction

            The main reasons to use Dagda is the detection of vulnerable or malicious components within your containerized environment.

            Project details

            Dagda is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Malware detection
              • Malware scanning
              • Vulnerability management
              • Vulnerability scanning

              Dagda review

              93

              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

              • + The source code is easy to read and understand
              • + More than 100 contributors
              • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
              • + Tool is easy to use
              • + Available as package (simplified installation)
              • + Commercial support available
              • + 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

                78

                Nmap

                Introduction

                Nmap is short for "Network Mapper". It is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. It was release in September of 1997 by Gordon Lyon, commonly known under his pseudonym "Fyodor".

                Project details

                Nmap is written in C, C++, Lua, Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • + Well-known author
                • + Well-known tool
                • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

                Typical usage

                • Network scanning
                • Vulnerability scanning

                Nmap review

                96

                OpenVAS

                Introduction

                OpenVAS is an open source vulnerability scanner that emerged from when Nessus became closed source in October of 2005.

                Project details

                OpenVAS is written in C.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available
                • + Well-known tool

                  Typical usage

                  • Penetration testing
                  • Security assessment
                  • Vulnerability scanning

                  OpenVAS review

                  97

                  Safety

                  Introduction

                  When having applications deployed in your environment, not all of those may be installed via a package manager. When your infrastructure grows, it becomes even harder to know which tools are properly patched and which ones are not. For Python applications, this is where Safety comes in that can help scan installed software components via pip. It will also look at any of the dependencies that are installed.

                  Project details

                  Safety is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Security assessment
                    • Security monitoring
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    Safety review

                    64

                    Tulpar

                    Introduction

                    Tulpar is a vulnerability scanner that can be used to test new or existing web applications. In the former case, it could be helpful to test a new project before it is deployed into production. This could be done by the developer or a security professional. If some web application is already in production, then it might be a good tool to perform regular testing on known vulnerabilities. In this case, it is typically a pentester or security specialist that does the testing.

                    Project details

                    Tulpar is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Minimal or no documentation available

                    Typical usage

                    • Application security
                    • Application testing
                    • Web application analysis

                    Tulpar review

                    64

                    VScan

                    Introduction

                    Vscan is a security tool to perform vulnerability scanning with Nmap. It leverages NSE scripts to provide some flexibility in terms of vulnerability detection and exploitation.

                    Project details

                    VScan is written in shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Backdoor detection
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      VScan review

                      100

                      Vuls

                      Introduction

                      Vuls is a vulnerability scanner for Linux and FreeBSD. It is written in Go, agentless, and can use a remote login to find any software vulnerabilities. It has multiple levels of scanning, from a fast scan up to a deep scan with extensive analysis.

                      Project details

                      Vuls is written in Golang.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 50 contributors
                      • + More than 5000 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • System hardening
                        • Vulnerability scanning

                        Vuls review

                        60

                        Whitewidow

                        Introduction

                        Whitewidow is a security tool to perform automated SQL vulnerability scans. It can be used during penetration tests or for security assessments.

                        Project details

                        Whitewidow is written in Ruby.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Application security
                          • Penetration testing
                          • Vulnerability scanning

                          Whitewidow review

                          64

                          w3af

                          Introduction

                          W3af is an open source web application attack and audit framework and helps in scanning for vulnerabilities. The tool comes with both a graphical user interface (GUI) and command line utility. Some of the project files include a copyright line of 2006. That gives a good idea on the maturity of the project, and it is one of the rare tools that is still maintained after so many years.

                          Project details

                          w3af is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + Tool is modular and extendable
                          • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Application security
                            • Application testing
                            • Penetration testing
                            • Vulnerability scanning
                            • Web application analysis

                            w3af review

                            60

                            BDA (Big Data Audit)

                            Introduction

                            BDA is a vulnerability scanner for big data tools like Hadoop and Spark. It searches for configuration weaknesses and reports them. Hadoop and Spark are one of the few applications that encounter a lot of data. So by securing these applications, a big leap can be made as it covers a lot of data.

                            Project details

                            BDA is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Application testing
                              • Vulnerability scanning
                              • Vulnerability testing

                              BDA review

                              60

                              Bash Scanner

                              Introduction

                              Bash Scanner is a security tool that does a quick scan to see if there are vulnerable packages. It uses an external service to validate.

                              Project details

                              Bash Scanner is written in shell script.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Security assessment
                                • Security monitoring

                                Bash Scanner review

                                78

                                Intrigue Core

                                Introduction

                                Intrigue Core provides a framework to measure the attack surface of an environment. This includes discovering infrastructure and applications, performing security research, and doing vulnerability discovery.

                                Intrigue also allows enriching available data and perform OSINT research (open source intelligence). The related scans include DNS subdomain brute-forcing, email harvesting, IP geolocation, port scanning, and using public search engines like Censys, Shodan, and Bing.

                                Project details

                                Intrigue Core is written in Ruby.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • OSINT research
                                  • Asset discovery
                                  • Attack surface measurement
                                  • Intelligence gathering
                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Security assessment

                                  Intrigue Core review

                                  64

                                  JexBoss

                                  Introduction

                                  JexBoss is a security tool to verify and exploit vulnerabilities in JBoss applications. It can be used for security assignments and pentests.

                                  Project details

                                  JexBoss is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Application security
                                  • Application testing
                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  JexBoss review

                                  97

                                  Wapiti

                                  Introduction

                                  Wapiti is typically used to audit web applications.

                                  Project details

                                  Wapiti is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                                  • + The source code of this software is available
                                  • + Well-known tool

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Application fuzzing
                                    • Vulnerability scanning
                                    • Web application analysis

                                    Wapiti review

                                    64

                                    Yasuo

                                    Introduction

                                    Yasuo is a Ruby script that scans for vulnerable and exploitable third-party web applications. There are many remotely exploitable vulnerabilities for web applications and their front-end components. Yasuo helps to make it easier to scan for the weaknesses like remote code execution (RCE), SQL injections, and file inclusions.

                                    Project details

                                    Yasuo is written in Ruby.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + The source code of this software is available

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Penetration testing
                                      • Vulnerability scanning
                                      • Web application analysis

                                      Yasuo review

                                      60

                                      arch-audit

                                      Introduction

                                      Arch-audit is a small utility that scans the system for known vulnerabilities on Arch Linux. It can be used by users of the Linux distribution to know when to update and what packages have weaknesses. With Arch Linux being a rolling distribution, this may improve the interval or timing of software patching.

                                      Project details

                                      arch-audit is written in Rust.

                                      Strengths and weaknesses

                                      • + The source code of this software is available

                                        Typical usage

                                        • Software management
                                        • Vulnerability scanning

                                        arch-audit review

                                        78

                                        vulscan

                                        Introduction

                                        Vulscan is a vulnerability scanner which uses the well-known Nmap tool. By enhancing it with offline data from VulDB, it allows for detecting vulnerabilities. The database itself based on information from multiple sources.

                                        Project details

                                        vulscan is written in Lua.

                                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                        Typical usage

                                        • Penetration testing
                                        • Security assessment
                                        • Vulnerability scanning
                                        • Vulnerability testing

                                        vulscan review

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