VScan alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace VScan? During the review of VScan 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. Archery (vulnerability assessment and management)
  2. Dagda (vulnerability scanner for Docker containers)
  3. OpenVAS (vulnerability scanner)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to VScan.

Alternatives (by score)

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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

    68

    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

      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

        96

        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

          salt-scanner

          Introduction

          Salt-scanner is Linux vulnerability scanner based on Salt Open and Vulners audit API. It has Slack notifications and JIRA integration.

          Project details

          salt-scanner is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Penetration testing
          • Security assessment
          • Vulnerability scanning

          salt-scanner review

          93

          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

            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

            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

              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

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

                Intrigue Core 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

                  60

                  vulnix

                  Introduction

                  Tools like vulnix help with the detection of known weaknesses in packages by leveraging external resources. It can be used as an additional security layer on top of software patch management.

                  Project details

                  vulnix is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    vulnix 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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                        Vane

                        Introduction

                        Vane is a forked project of the now non-free popular WordPress vulnerability scanner WPScan.

                        Project details

                        Vane is written in Ruby.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + More than 25 contributors
                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Application security
                          • Web application analysis

                          Vane 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

                            85

                            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

                              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

                                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

                                59

                                Wapiti

                                Introduction

                                Wapiti is typically used to audit web applications.

                                Project details

                                Wapiti is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + 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

                                    74

                                    Halcyon IDE

                                    Introduction

                                    Halcyon IDE provides an interface to develop Nmap scripts (NSE). These scripts can be used to extend the functionality of Nmap and perform more advanced scans on applications and infrastructures. By using an IDE, the development of NSE scripts can be simplified.

                                    Project details

                                    Halcyon IDE is written in Java.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + Runs on multiple platforms
                                    • + The source code of this software is available

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Exploit development
                                      • Penetration testing
                                      • Security awareness

                                      Halcyon IDE review

                                      97

                                      Seccubus

                                      Introduction

                                      Supported engines and tools:

                                      • Nessus
                                      • OpenVAS
                                      • Nmap
                                      • Nikto
                                      • Medusa
                                      • Qualys SSL labs
                                      • SkipFish
                                      • SSLyze
                                      • testssl.sh
                                      • ZAP

                                      Project details

                                      60

                                      APT2 (apt2)

                                      Introduction

                                      APT2 stands for Automated Penetration Testing Toolkit.

                                      APT2 performs a scan with Nmap or can import the results of a scan from Nexpose or Nessus. The processed results will be used in the second phase. This phase launches exploit and enumeration modules. It helps pentesters to automate assessments and tasks.

                                      Suggested components to have installed: convert, dirb, hydra, java, john, ldapsearch, msfconsole, nmap, nmblookup, phantomjs, responder, rpcclient, secretsdump.py, smbclient, snmpwalk, sslscan, xwd

                                      Project details

                                      APT2 is written in Python.

                                      Strengths and weaknesses

                                      • + The source code of this software is available

                                        Typical usage

                                        • Penetration testing
                                        • Security assessment

                                        APT2 review

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