XSSER alternatives

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

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to XSSER.

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

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

    78

    XSS Hunter

    Introduction

    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.

    Project details

    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

      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

        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

          88

          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

          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

            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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

                  84

                  0d1n

                  Introduction

                  0d1n is useful to perform brute-force login attempts for authentication forms. It can discover useful directory names by using a predefined list of paths. With options to use a random proxy per request and load CSRF tokens, it is a tool that can be used in different type of assignments.

                  Project details

                  0d1n is written in C.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Information gathering
                    • Penetration testing
                    • Security assessment
                    • Vulnerability scanning

                    0d1n review

                    64

                    Tulpar

                    Introduction

                    Tulpar is a vulnerability scanner that can be used to test new or existing web applications. In the former case, it could be helpful to test a new project before it is deployed into production. This could be done by the developer or a security professional. If some web application is already in production, then it might be a good tool to perform regular testing on known vulnerabilities. In this case, it is typically a pentester or security specialist that does the testing.

                    Project details

                    Tulpar is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                    Typical usage

                    • Application security
                    • Application testing
                    • Web application analysis

                    Tulpar 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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