Wordstress alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Wordstress? During the review of Wordstress 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. WordPress Exploit Framework (WordPress exploiting toolkit)
  2. Arachni (web application scanner)
  3. CMSeeK (CMS detection and exploitation)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Wordstress.

Alternatives (by score)

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

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

    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

    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

      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

        93

        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

        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

          Wordpresscan

          Introduction

          Tools like WordPresscan are useful to perform vulnerability scans on the popular WordPress platform. It can be used during development and on existing installations.

          Project details

          Wordpresscan is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Application security
            • Penetration testing
            • Web application analysis

            Wordpresscan review

            85

            droopescan

            Introduction

            Droopescan can be used to test the security of several Content Management Systems (CMS). It mainly focuses on Drupal, SilverStripe, and Wordpress installations.

            Project details

            droopescan is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Web application analysis

              droopescan review

              78

              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

              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

                67

                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

                  74

                  WhatWeb

                  Introduction

                  WhatWeb can be used stealthy and fast to determine what technologies are used on a particular website or web application. This process called fingerprinting can tell a lot about how it was build and possible weaknesses it might have. The tool can be used in different levels, from stealthy to very aggressive. This last one is useful in penetration tests or during development.

                  Project details

                  WhatWeb is written in Ruby.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 25 contributors
                  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Reconnaissance
                    • Web application analysis

                    WhatWeb review

                    60

                    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

                    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

                      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

                        60

                        XSSER

                        Introduction

                        XXSER helps to get from XSS to Remote Code Execution (RCE). It provides custom tools and payloads integrated with Metasploit's Meterpreter. The goal is to automate as much as possible.

                        Project details

                        XSSER is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available
                        • - Minimal or no documentation available

                        Typical usage

                        • Penetration testing
                        • Security assessment
                        • Web application analysis

                        XSSER 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

                          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

                            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

                              60

                              Plecost

                              Introduction

                              Plecost is a security tool to fingerprint WordPress installations and find available vulnerabilities.

                              Project details

                              Plecost is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + Screen output is colored
                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Web application analysis

                                Plecost review

                                60

                                WPForce

                                Introduction

                                This toolkit is fairly new and consists of WPForce and Yertle. As the name implies, the first component has the focus on brute force attacking of login credentials. When admin credentials have been found, it is Yertle that allows uploading a shell. Yertle also has post-exploitation modules for further research.

                                Project details

                                WPForce 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
                                • Security assessment
                                • Vulnerability scanning

                                WPForce review

                                52

                                WPSeku

                                Introduction

                                With WPSeku a WordPress installation can be tested for the presence of security issues. Some examples are cross-site scripting (XSS), sql injection, and local file inclusion. The tool also tests for the presence of default configuration files. These files may reveal version numbers, used themes and plugins.

                                Project details

                                WPSeku is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Penetration testing
                                • Security assessment
                                • Vulnerability scanning

                                WPSeku review

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