VulnWhisperer alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace VulnWhisperer? During the review of VulnWhisperer 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. LFI Suite (LFI scanner and exploiter)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to VulnWhisperer.

Alternatives (by score)

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

    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

      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

      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

        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

          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

            74

            Seccubus

            Introduction

            Supported engines and tools:

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

            Project details

            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

            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

              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

                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

                  89

                  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

                    64

                    Damn Small Vulnerable Web (DSVW)

                    Introduction

                    Damn Small Vulnerable Web (DWVW) is a deliberately vulnerable web application to test your exploitation skills. It provides developers and penetration testers a practice tool. For developers, it is good to see common mistakes and create more secure software. Pentesters will be able to improve vulnerability detection and improving their attacks. Hopefully with the end goal of achieving privilege escalation or unauthorized data retrieval.

                    Project details

                    Damn Small Vulnerable Web is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Application testing
                      • Learning
                      • Skill development
                      • Vulnerability testing

                      Damn Small Vulnerable Web review

                      78

                      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

                        74

                        SearchSploit

                        Introduction

                        SearchSploit is a small by OffensiveSecurity to search for exploits and related data in the exploit database (Exploit-DB). This may help penetration testers in their security assignments.

                        Project details

                        SearchSploit 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
                        • - Full name of author is unknown

                        Typical usage

                        • Information gathering
                        • Penetration testing
                        • Service exploitation
                        • System exploitation
                        • Vulnerability testing

                        SearchSploit review

                        74

                        Vulnreport

                        Introduction

                        Vulnreport is a platform to deal with penetration test results. The tool formats them and provides actionable findings reports. The platform is strong in focusing on automation, to reduce the time spent by engineers.

                        Project details

                        Vulnreport is written in Ruby.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Security reviews
                          • Vulnerability management
                          • Vulnerability scanning

                          Vulnreport 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

                            vuLnDAP

                            Introduction

                            VuLnDAP is a tool to show what can happen when a web application becomes vulnerable due to the business logic behind it. This tool uses LDAP, a common authentication protocol, to show such weaknesses. This tool helps penetration testers more about LDAP. At the same time, it provides useful insights to web and software developers to create more secure software.

                            Project details

                            vuLnDAP is written in Golang.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Application security
                              • Learning
                              • Penetration testing

                              vuLnDAP review

                              64

                              VulnFeed

                              Introduction

                              VulnFeed is a tool that sorts through vulnerability reports, providing a single report that is organized by the applications and services you are interested in.

                              Project details

                              VulnFeed is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Vulnerability management

                                VulnFeed review

                                64

                                Anchore Engine

                                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 Engine is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • System hardening

                                  Anchore Engine review

                                  64

                                  AutoNessus (autonessus)

                                  Introduction

                                  This tool is useful to time scans, for example by having it run outside of business hours, and stop when the day starts.

                                  Note: originally another tool was named AutoNessus. That is now Seccubus.

                                  Project details

                                  AutoNessus is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  AutoNessus review

                                  64

                                  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

                                  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

                                    64

                                    Damn Small FI Scanner (DSFS)

                                    Introduction

                                    None

                                    Project details

                                    Damn Small FI Scanner is written in Python.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

                                    • + The source code of this software is available

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Security assessment
                                      • Vulnerability scanning

                                      Damn Small FI Scanner review

                                      64

                                      Damn Small JS Scanner (DSJS)

                                      Introduction

                                      None

                                      Project details

                                      Damn Small JS Scanner is written in Python.

                                      Strengths and weaknesses

                                      • + The source code of this software is available

                                        Typical usage

                                        • Penetration testing
                                        • Security assessment

                                        Damn Small JS Scanner review

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