WPScan alternatives

Looking for a better tool, or simply want to learn about alternatives? There is typically more than one option.

Alternatives (by tag)

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Alternative: Arachni

Web Application Security Scanner aimed towards helping users evaluate the security of web applications

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

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

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • web application analysis

Arachni project page

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Alternative: arch-audit

Utility like pkg-audit for Arch Linux to find vulnerable packages on the system

The arch-audit utility scans the system for known vulnerabilities. It does so by looking at the version of installed packages and compare them with a database of known vulnerable versions.

Project details

arch-audit is written in Rust.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • vulnerability scanning

arch-audit project page

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Alternative: Glastopf

Glastopf is a honeypot for web applications. It is written in Python and collects all kind of attacks against it for further analysis.

Glastopf emulates vulnerabilities in a generic way. Instead of emulating specific vulnerabilities, it mimics being vulnerable for more attacks within that area (e.g. Remote File Inclusion). The tool is modular and allows to be extended with different logging capabilities.

This project is replaced by SNARE.

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Alternative: Lynis

Security auditing tool for systems running Linux, mac OS, or Unix, to perform an in-depth health check.

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

  • + Commercial support available
  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
  • + Used language is shell script
  • + Very low number of dependencies
  • + Project is mature (5+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • IT audit
  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • system hardening

Lynis project page

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Alternative: Nikto

Nikto is an open source security scanner which tests web servers for potential vulnerabilities.

Project details

Nikto is written in Perl.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known tool

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • web application analysis

Nikto project page

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Alternative: OpenVAS

OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known tool

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

OpenVAS project page

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Alternative: Pompem

Pompem is an open source security tool to automate the search for exploits and vulnerabilities in public databases.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • vulnerability scanning

Pompem project page

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Alternative: SearchSploit

Exploit-DB's CLI search tool to find any exploits from the database. The tool is written in shell script and maintained by Offensive Security.

Project details

SearchSploit is written in shell script.

Strengths

  • + Used language is shell script

Weaknesses

  • - Full name of author is unknown

Typical usage

  • information gathering
  • penetration test

SearchSploit project page

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Alternative: Seccubus

Seccubus automates vulnerability scanning with support for Nessus, OpenVAS, NMap, SSLyze, Medusa, SkipFish, OWASP ZAP, and SSLlabs.

Supported engines and tools:

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

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Alternative: vFeed

vFeed is a set of tools around correlated vulnerability and threat intelligence. It provides a database, API, and supporting tools to store vulnerability data.

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

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

Typical usage

  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

vFeed project page

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Alternative: vulnerability-alerter

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • vulnerability management
  • vulnerability testing

vulnerability-alerter project page

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Alternative: Vulnreport

Vulnreport is a tool to automate and manage all the data involved security reviews. In particular, it focuses on discovered vulnerabilities.

Project details

Vulnreport is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • security reviews
  • vulnerability management
  • vulnerability scanning

Vulnreport project page

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Alternative: Anchore

Anchore is a toolkit to perform in-depth container analysis, inspection, and controlling them. Among security scanning, it can do a wide range of functions.

Project details

Anchore is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • system hardening

Anchore project page

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Alternative: AutoNessus (autonessus)

The AutoNessus tool helps with automating vulnerability scans via the Nessus API. It lists policies and can configure the state of scans.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - No releases on GitHub available

Typical usage

  • vulnerability scanning

AutoNessus project page

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Alternative: CMSmap

CMSmap is a security tool to perform reconnaissance on a web target. It helps with the detection of several popular content management systems (CMS).

Project details

CMSmap is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • application testing
  • information gathering
  • vulnerability scanning
  • web application analysis

CMSmap project page

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Alternative: Damn Small FI Scanner (DSFS)

Project details

Damn Small FI Scanner is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

Damn Small FI Scanner project page

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Alternative: Damn Small JS Scanner (DSJS)

Project details

Damn Small JS Scanner is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment

Damn Small JS Scanner project page

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Alternative: Jackhammer

Jackhammer is a collaboration tool to get security and developer teams together. Focus is on static code analysis and dynamic analysis vulnerability discovery.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • collaboration
  • information sharing

Jackhammer project page

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Alternative: Nmap

Nmap is a security scanner that can perform a port scan, network exploration, and determine vulnerabilities

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

  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known author
  • + Well-known tool

Weaknesses

  • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

Typical usage

  • network scanning
  • vulnerability scanning

Nmap project page

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Alternative: OpenSCAP

Tools to assist administrators and auditors with assessment, measurement and enforcement of security baselines

The OpenSCAP project provides a wide variety of hardening guides, configuration baselines, and tools to test for vulnerabilities and configuration issues. It uses SCAP as the protocol to store the underlying data.

Project details

OpenSCAP is written in C.

Strengths

  • + More than 25 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

Typical usage

  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

OpenSCAP project page

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Alternative: portSpider

portSpider is a security tool to scan network ranges and find open ports. The goal of the tool is to find vulnerable services.

Project details

portSpider is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • network scanning
  • vulnerability scanning

portSpider project page

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Alternative: Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a web vulnerability scanner to find flaws in common web applications and frameworks. It can perform fingerprinting and vulnerability discovery.

Project details

Spaghetti is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • vulnerability scanning
  • vulnerability testing

Spaghetti project page

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Alternative: sqlmap

The sqlmap performs automatic SQL injection and can take over a database. It is a valued tool for pentesters and those who want to test their web applications.

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Alternative: ssh_scan

The ssh_scan utility is a SSH configuration and policy scanner maintained by the Mozilla Foundation. It helps to secure Linux systems running the OpenSSH.

This tool is light on its dependencies, as it only uses Ruby and BinData. The scanner is simple to use, as it is limited in the number of parameters and options. There is also the ability to show the results on the screen or export the data to a JSON file. The latter is great if you want to do further processing of the details, or simply store them for later comparison.

Project details

ssh_scan is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • system hardening
  • vulnerability scanning

ssh_scan project page

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Alternative: testssl.sh

testssl.sh is a command line tool which checks a system on any port for the support of TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols, as well as some cryptographic flaws.

Key features of testssl.sh include:

  • Clear output: you can tell easily whether anything is good or bad
  • Ease of installation: It works for Linux, Darwin, FreeBSD, NetBSD and MSYS2/Cygwin out of the box: no need to install or configure something, no gems, CPAN, pip or the like.
  • Flexibility: You can test any SSL/TLS enabled and STARTTLS service, not only webservers at port 443
  • Toolbox: Several command line options help you to run YOUR test and configure YOUR output
  • Reliability: features are tested thoroughly
  • Verbosity: If a particular check cannot be performed because of a missing capability on your client side, you'll get a warning
  • Privacy: It's only you who sees the result, not a third party
  • Freedom: It's 100% open source. You can look at the code, see what's going on and you can change it.

Project details

testssl.sh is written in shell script.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application testing
  • configuration audit

testssl.sh project page

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Alternative: Tulpar

Tulpar is a security tool to scan web targets for possible vulnerabilities. It checks a wide range of items and attack types for this particular purpose.

Project details

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • application security
  • application testing
  • web application analysis

Tulpar project page

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Alternative: Vane

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

Project details

Vane is written in Ruby.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • application security
  • web application analysis

Vane project page

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Alternative: vulnix

Vulnix is a security scanner for NixOS. It specifically looks for vulnerabilities in available packages and comes with a command line interface (CLI).

Project details

vulnix is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • vulnerability scanning

vulnix project page

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Alternative: Vuls

Vuls is a vulnerability scanner for Linux and FreeBSD. It is written in Go, agentless, and does a remote login to find any software vulnerabilities.

Project details

Vuls is written in Golang.

Strengths

  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • system hardening
  • vulnerability scanning

Vuls project page

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Alternative: Whitewidow

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

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

Typical usage

  • application security
  • penetration test
  • vulnerability scanning

Whitewidow project page

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Alternative: WPSeku

WPSeku is a WordPress vulnerability scanner that can be used to scan remote WordPress installations.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Unknown project license

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

WPSeku project page

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Alternative: wpvulndb_cmd

wpvulndb_cmd is a command-line security tool to perform a vulnerability scan on WordPress installations. It uses WP-CLI and the WPScan vulnerability database.

Project details

wpvulndb_cmd is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • web application analysis

wpvulndb_cmd project page

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Alternative: XSS Hunter

XSS Hunter helps with finding XSS attacks and trigger a warning when one is succesful. It exists as an online service, or self-hosted installation.

By using a specific link, XSS Hunter can see when some attack successfully is triggered. It will then store information like the vulnerable page's URI, referer, HTML DOM, the screenshot of page, and cookies. Regarding the victim, it stores the IP address and the user agent.

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Alternative: YASAT

YASAT describes itself as another simple stupid audit tool to test Linux systems. It has many tests for checking the security configuration of the system.

The YASAT tool performs a system scan to detect configuration issues and possible improvements for hardening the system.

Project details

YASAT is written in shell script.

Strengths

  • + Used language is shell script

Weaknesses

  • - No updates for a while

Typical usage

  • IT audit
  • security assessment

YASAT project page

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Alternative: Zenmap

The graphical user interface for the well-known network and vulnerability scanner nmap.

Zenmap is a graphical user interface (GUI) for Nmap. It can be of great help to start a network scan by simply selecting the options you want. Besides Linux, it also runs on Microsoft Windows, macOS, BSD, and other flavors of Unix.

One of the strengths of Zenmap is the ability to store profiles, which can be reused for later scans. The command creator is another one, which helps interactively create the right nmap commands. Recent scans are stored in a searchable database and scan results can be saved and compared.

Project details

Zenmap is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known tool

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment

Zenmap project page

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Alternative: flunym0us

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • vulnerability scanning
  • web application analysis

flunym0us project page

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Alternative: Plecost

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

Project details

Plecost is written in Python.

Strengths

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

Typical usage

  • web application analysis

Plecost project page

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Alternative: Wordpresscan

Wordpresscan is a security scanner for WordPress installations. It is based on the work of WPScan with some ideas inspired by the WPSeku project.

Project details

Wordpresscan is written in Python.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • application security
  • penetration test
  • web application analysis

Wordpresscan project page

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Alternative: WordPress Exploit Framework (WPXF)

The WordPress Exploit Framework (WPXF) is a framework written in Ruby. As the name implies, it aids in pentesting WordPress installations.

This framework is a tool that can be used as part of the pentesters toolbox. When running the tool, you will have to define a host, exploit, and payload. The tool is less friendly for beginners, but more experienced pentesters will find no difficulty in using it.

Project details

WordPress Exploit Framework is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Has longer learning curve

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

WordPress Exploit Framework project page

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Alternative: Wordstress

Wordstress is a security scanner for WordPress installations. It uses a white-box approach in scanning, which makes it different than most other scanners.

Project details

Wordstress is written in Ruby.

Strengths

  • + The source code of this software is available

Typical usage

  • application security
  • vulnerability scanning
  • web application analysis

Wordstress project page

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Alternative: wp_enum

The wp_enum tool helps with the discovery of WordPress users and accounts.

This utility enumerates the available identities on a WordPress installation.

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Alternative: WPForce

WPForce is a suite of tools to attack Wordpress installations. One part focuses on brute forcing logins, the other to upload a shell upon finding credentials.

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

  • + The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses

  • - Full name of author is unknown

Typical usage

  • penetration test
  • security assessment
  • vulnerability scanning

WPForce project page