WhatWeb alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace WhatWeb? During the review of WhatWeb 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. wig (reconnaissance tool for web applications)
  2. Arachni (web application scanner)
  3. Wapiti (vulnerability scanner for web applications)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to WhatWeb.

Alternatives (by score)

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wig (WebApp Information Gatherer)

Introduction

Wig is a security tool to discover what particular software is for a web application or website. It can detect several Content Management Systems (CMS) and other administrative applications. This may be useful for those performing reconnaissance or information gathering, like during a penetration test of security assessment.

Project details

wig is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available
  • - No updates for a while
  • - Full name of author is unknown

Typical usage

  • Application fingerprinting
  • Information gathering
  • Reconnaissance
  • Web application analysis

wig 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

    83

    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

        100

        ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy)

        Introduction

        ZAP is an intercepting proxy of web traffic. You will need to configure your browser to connect to the web application you wish to test through ZAP.

        Note: Zed Attack Proxy, or ZAP, is also known as zaproxy.

        Project details

        ZAP is written in Java.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 50 contributors
        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
        • + Many maintainers
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - Many reported issues are still open

        Typical usage

        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment
        • Software testing
        • Web application analysis

        ZAP 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

        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

          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

          64

          SQLMate

          Introduction

          SQLMate is a tool to perform security assessments and vulnerability of web applications. It can discover admin panels of websites, which might be a way to break into a web application. It also has the option for dorking, which means it can find possible vulnerable targets to a particular attack.

          Project details

          SQLMate is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • Penetration testing
          • Web application analysis

          SQLMate review

          60

          Wfuzz

          Introduction

          Wfuzz is a fuzzing tool written in Python. Tools like Wfuzz are typically used to test web applications and how they handle both expected as unexpected input.

          Project details

          Wfuzz is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Application fuzzing
            • Application security
            • Application testing
            • Web application analysis

            Wfuzz 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

            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

              64

              altdns

              Introduction

              Altdns is a security tool to discover subdomains. It generates permutations, alterations, and mutations of subdomains. The generated names can also be tested by performing DNS lookups. An enumeration tool like Altdns is useful during penetrating testing assignments.

              Project details

              altdns is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

                Typical usage

                • Reconnaissance
                • Subdomain discovery
                • Subdomain enumeration

                altdns review

                78

                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

                  60

                  dirsearch

                  Introduction

                  Dirsearch is a tool to guide security professionals to find possible information leaks or sensitive data. It does this by looking for directory and file names.

                  Project details

                  dirsearch is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 10 contributors
                  • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Information gathering
                    • Penetration testing
                    • Security assessment

                    dirsearch review

                    64

                    DirSearch (Go)

                    Introduction

                    DirSearch is a Go implementation of the original dirsearch tool written by Mauro Soria. It is used to discover directories by using common names and guessing (fuzzing).

                    Project details

                    DirSearch (Go) is written in Golang.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Information gathering
                      • Penetration testing
                      • Security assessment

                      DirSearch (Go) review

                      56

                      domain

                      Introduction

                      Domain is a Python script written by Jason Haddix to combine the tools Recon-ng and altdns. It allows to use the two tool one multiple domains within the same session.

                      Project details

                      domain is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available
                      • - Unknown project license

                      Typical usage

                      • Subdomain enumeration

                      domain review

                      85

                      Fierce

                      Introduction

                      Fierce is a security tool that helps with DNS reconnaissance. It can locate non-contiguous IP space, but using DNS information.

                      Project details

                      Fierce is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Information gathering
                        • Reconnaissance
                        • Security assessment

                        Fierce review

                        63

                        keimpx

                        Introduction

                        The keimpx security tool can be used to check for valid credentials across a network. It uses the SMB protocol, typically used on Microsoft Windows and others.

                        Project details

                        keimpx is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Penetration testing
                          • Security assessment

                          keimpx review

                          74

                          LinEnum

                          Introduction

                          LinEnum is one of the tools that can help with automating penetration tests. It performs a discovery on the environment it runs in and tries finding weaknesses to allow privilege escalation.

                          Project details

                          LinEnum is written in shell script.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + Very low number of dependencies
                          • + The source code of this software is available
                          • + Well-known tool

                            Typical usage

                            • Penetration testing
                            • Privilege escalation
                            • System enumeration

                            LinEnum review

                            60

                            massh-enum

                            Introduction

                            Massh-enum is a user enumeration tool for OpenSSH with the goal to find valid usernames. This can be useful during penetration tests or security assessments. The usernames can be valuable to brute-force or may be used on different locations within a network.

                            Project details

                            massh-enum is written in Python, shell script.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                            • + Tool is easy to use
                            • + The source code of this software is available
                            • - Minimal or no documentation available

                            Typical usage

                            • Information gathering
                            • User enumeration

                            massh-enum review

                            81

                            O-Saft

                            Introduction

                            O-Saft is the abbreviation for OWASP SSL advanced forensic tool.

                            Project details

                            O-Saft is written in Perl.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment
                              • Vulnerability scanning
                              • Web application analysis

                              O-Saft review

                              63

                              Oscanner

                              Introduction

                              The tool has a plugin-based architecture for enumeration purposes of Oracle installations.

                              • Sid enumeration
                              • Passwords tests (common & dictionary)
                              • Enumerate Oracle version
                              • Enumerate account roles
                              • Enumerate account privileges
                              • Enumerate account hashes
                              • Enumerate audit information
                              • Enumerate password policies
                              • Enumerate database links

                              Project details

                              Oscanner is written in Java.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Oscanner review

                                64

                                RootHelper

                                Introduction

                                RootHelper is a small script to retrieve several enumeration and privilege escalation tools. It can be used during penetration testing.

                                Project details

                                RootHelper is written in shell script.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Privilege escalation
                                  • Security assessment

                                  RootHelper review

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