VHostScan alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace VHostScan? During the review of VHostScan 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. shcheck (test HTTP headers of web applications)
  2. Cloud Security Suite (cloud security toolkit)
  3. LUNAR (system security scanner)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to VHostScan.

Alternatives (by score)

64

shcheck (Security Header Check)

Introduction

This simple tool is a good option to test if advised HTTP headers are available on web application and websites. It can be used as a defensive measure during development, or offensive to find weaknesses in existing applications.

Project details

shcheck is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + Very low number of dependencies
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • - No releases on GitHub available

Typical usage

  • Application security
  • Web application analysis

shcheck 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

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

    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

        60

        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

          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

                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

                  89

                  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

                    70

                    YASAT

                    Introduction

                    The YASAT tool performs a system scan to detect configuration issues and possible improvements for hardening the system. Typically you would use this on new and existing systems.

                    Project details

                    YASAT is written in shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + Used language is shell script
                    • - No updates for a while

                    Typical usage

                    • Configuration audit
                    • IT audit
                    • Security assessment

                    YASAT 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

                    56

                    Admin Page Finder (PHP)

                    Introduction

                    Admin Page Finder is a tool written in PHP to find admin sections within a website. It can be used during pentesting and security assessments.

                    Project details

                    Admin Page Finder (PHP) is written in PHP.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available
                    • - Unknown project license

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Reconnaissance

                    Admin Page Finder (PHP) review

                    59

                    BlindElephant

                    Introduction

                    BlindElephant is a security tool to perform fingerprinting of web applications. It can discover the name and version of known web applications.

                    Project details

                    80

                    CMSeeK

                    Introduction

                    CMSeeK is a security scanner for content management systems (CMS). It can perform a wide range of functions starting from the detection of the CMS, up to vulnerability scanning. The tool claims to support over 100 different CMS tools, with extensive support for the commonly used ones like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.

                    The scans performed by CMSeeK include version detection. It can also do enumeration of users, plugins, and themes. This might be useful to see what users or components are available. The tool includes admin page discovery, file discovery, and directory listing. Anything that might be useful to a penetration test or security assessment, might be displayed.

                    Project details

                    CMSeeK is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Penetration testing
                    • Software exploitation
                    • Software identification
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    CMSeeK review

                    100

                    detectem

                    Introduction

                    Detectem can be a good early vulnerability detection system. By scanning regularly the dependencies of web applications, old versions of tools can be detected and upgraded. This tool is also helpful for penetration tests to find out what kind of software components are used.

                    Project details

                    detectem is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Application security
                      • Application testing
                      • Reconnaissance
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      detectem review

                      85

                      Gitem

                      Introduction

                      Gitem is a reconnaissance tool to extract information about organizations on GitHub. It can be used to find the leaking of sensitive data.

                      Project details

                      Gitem is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Information gathering
                        • Security assessment
                        • Security monitoring
                        • Self-assessment

                        Gitem review

                        52

                        Recon-ng

                        Introduction

                        Recon-ng is a full-featured web reconnaissance framework. It is written in Python and modular, useful for penetrating tests and security assessments.

                        Project details

                        Recon-ng is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Collaboration
                          • Information gathering
                          • Information sharing
                          • Security assessment

                          Recon-ng review

                          78

                          Wappalyzer

                          Introduction

                          Wappalyzer can be a useful asset when performing reconnaissance on a particular target like a web application or website. It helps to find what software is used to run a particular page. Components that can be detected are the content management system (CMS), JavaScript framework, e-commerce software, web server, and more.

                          Project details

                          Wappalyzer is written in Node.js.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + Has 300+ contributors
                          • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
                          • + Many releases available
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Information gathering
                            • Reconnaissance
                            • Software identification

                            Wappalyzer review

                            74

                            Arachni

                            Introduction

                            Arachni is framework written in Ruby with focus on evaluating the security of web applications. Typical users include security professionals and system administrators.

                            The tooling is free and open source. Besides Linux, it also runs on macOS and Microsoft Windows.

                            Project details

                            Arachni is written in Ruby.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment
                              • Web application analysis

                              Arachni review

                              78

                              JoomScan

                              Introduction

                              JoomScan could be used to test your Joomla installation or during security assessments. As it has a primary focus on Joomla, it may provide better results than generic vulnerability scanners.

                              Project details

                              JoomScan is written in Perl.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Vulnerability scanning
                                • Vulnerability testing

                                JoomScan review

                                74

                                Nikto

                                Introduction

                                Nikto helps with performing security scans against web servers and to search for vulnerabilities in web applications.

                                Project details

                                Nikto is written in Perl.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Security assessment
                                  • Web application analysis

                                  Nikto review

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