XSS Hunter alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace XSS Hunter? During the review of XSS Hunter 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. Damn Small XSS Scanner (cross-site scripting scanner)
  2. XSSER (Cross-site scripting scanner)
  3. XSStrike (XSS detection and exploitation suite)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to XSS Hunter.

Alternatives (by score)

64

Damn Small XSS Scanner (DSXS)

Introduction

None

Project details

Damn Small XSS 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
  • Web application analysis

Damn Small XSS Scanner 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

76

XSStrike

Introduction

XSStrike is an XSS detection suite with the goal to reduce the false positives to zero. It can achieve this with its own fuzzing engine. The tool also allows generating custom payloads, which is rare within this line of tools.

Project details

XSStrike is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 5000 GitHub stars
  • + Very low number of dependencies
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Application fuzzing
    • Web application analysis

    XSStrike review

    60

    Pybelt

    Introduction

    The pybelt toolkit may be useful during a pentest to simplify the process of scanning. It includes options like port scanning, dork checking, cracking and verification of hashes, and scanning for SQL injections.

    Project details

    Pybelt is written in Python.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + The source code of this software is available

      Pybelt 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

        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

          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

            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

            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

            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

                  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

                    100

                    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

                    • + More than 50 contributors
                    • + Commercial support available
                    • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
                    • + 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

                        78

                        Nmap

                        Introduction

                        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 and weaknesses

                        • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                        • + The source code of this software is available
                        • + Well-known author
                        • + Well-known tool
                        • - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)

                        Typical usage

                        • Network scanning
                        • Vulnerability scanning

                        Nmap review

                        88

                        OpenSCAP

                        Introduction

                        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 and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Security assessment
                          • Vulnerability scanning

                          OpenSCAP review

                          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

                            64

                            portSpider

                            Introduction

                            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 and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Network scanning
                              • Vulnerability scanning

                              portSpider review

                              81

                              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

                                89

                                Seccubus

                                Introduction

                                Supported engines and tools:

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

                                Project details

                                81

                                sqlmap

                                Introduction

                                The sqlmap is a well-known tool with an amazing number of GitHub stars (10,000+). It is used by many security professionals around the world to test the security of both web applications and the database that stores the data.

                                Project details

                                84

                                ssh_scan

                                Introduction

                                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 and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Security assessment
                                  • System hardening
                                  • Vulnerability scanning

                                  ssh_scan review

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