vulnix alternatives

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

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to vulnix.

Alternatives (by score)

97

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

    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

        89

        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

          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

            85

            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

              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

                    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

                    78

                    vFeed

                    Introduction

                    vFeed consists of a database and utilities to store vulnerability data. It uses third-party references and data, which then can be used to see if a software component has a known vulnerability. The data itself is enriched by cross-checking it and store additional details about the vulnerabilities.

                    The vFeed tooling has an API available with JSON output. It can be used by security researchers and practitioners to validate vulnerabilities and retrieve all available details.

                    Project details

                    vFeed is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + Commercial support available
                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Security assessment
                      • Vulnerability scanning

                      vFeed review

                      88

                      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

                      60

                      Jackhammer

                      Introduction

                      The tool uses RBAC (Role Based Access Control) with different levels of access. Jackhammer uses several tools to do dynamic and static code analysis (e.g. for Java, Ruby, Python, and Nodejs). It checks also for vulnerabilities in libraries. Due to its modular architecture, it can use several scanners out of the box, with options to add your own.

                      The Jackhammer project was initially added to GitHub on the 8th of May, 2017.

                      Project details

                      Jackhammer is written in Ruby.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Collaboration
                        • Information sharing

                        Jackhammer review

                        64

                        LFI Suite

                        Introduction

                        This tool is a useful addition to the pentesting toolbox of security professionals. It can help discover and exploit any local file inclusion weakness in applications. Upon success, a reverse shell can be used to get access to the system.

                        Project details

                        LFI Suite 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
                        • Web application analysis

                        LFI Suite 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

                        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

                          85

                          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

                            78

                            graudit

                            Introduction

                            Analysis of source code helps to find programming flaws including those that can lead to software vulnerabilities. Graudit helps to uncover these by searching through the files and discover possible flaws. The tool supports languages like ASP, C, Perl, PHP, Python, and others.

                            Project details

                            graudit is written in shell script.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                            • + Tool is easy to use
                            • + Used language is shell script
                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Code analysis

                              graudit review

                              85

                              Pocsuite

                              Introduction

                              Pocsuite is a remote vulnerability testing and development framework. It can be used by penetration testers and vulnerability researchers.

                              Project details

                              Pocsuite is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + More than 10 contributors
                              • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Vulnerability development
                                • Vulnerability testing

                                Pocsuite review

                                60

                                Pompem

                                Introduction

                                Pompem is written in Python and helps pentesters to search public sources for vulnerability information and a related exploit.

                                Sources

                                • CXSecurity
                                • National Vulnerability Database
                                • PacketStorm security
                                • Vulners
                                • WPScan Vulnerability Database
                                • ZeroDay

                                Project details

                                Pompem is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  Pompem review

                                  60

                                  vulnerability-alerter

                                  Introduction

                                  Vulnerability-alerter is a security tool to retrieve vulnerability data from NIST's database (NVD). This data can be used to discover recent vulnerabilities.

                                  Project details

                                  vulnerability-alerter is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + The source code of this software is available

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Vulnerability management
                                    • Vulnerability testing

                                    vulnerability-alerter review

                                    64

                                    vulnerable-node

                                    Introduction

                                    Vulnerable-node is a vulnerable website with identified vulnerabilities. It can be used to test the quality of tools and is written in Node.js.

                                    Project details

                                    vulnerable-node is written in Node.js.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + The source code of this software is available

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Learning
                                      • Security assessment
                                      • Software testing
                                      • Vulnerability scanning
                                      • Web application analysis

                                      vulnerable-node review

                                      100

                                      Anchore

                                      Introduction

                                      Anchore is a tool to help with discovering, analyzing and certifying container images. These images can be stored both on-premises or in the cloud. The tooling is mainly focused on developer so that perform analysis on their container images. Typical actions include running queries, creating reports, or set up policies for a continuous integration and deployment pipeline.

                                      Project details

                                      Anchore is written in Python.

                                      Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                        Typical usage

                                        • System hardening

                                        Anchore review

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