yarGen alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace yarGen? During the review of yarGen 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. Malice (VirusTotal clone)
  2. MultiScanner (file scanning and analysis framework)
  3. SSMA (malware analysis tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to yarGen.

Alternatives (by score)

60

Malice

Introduction

Malice is a malware analysis that wants to provide a free and open source version of VirusTotal. The goal of Malice is to make it usable by both independent researchers up to fortune 500 companies.

Malice is useful for those that do malware analysis or deal with user-generated files that may contain malware. The framework allows scanning files and directories to see if they are infected.

Project details

Malice is written in Golang.

Strengths and weaknesses

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

    Typical usage

    • Malware analysis
    • Malware detection
    • Malware research
    • Malware scanning

    Malice review

    68

    MultiScanner

    Introduction

    MultiScanner helps malware analysts by providing a toolkit to perform both automated and manual analysis. The data extracted from the analysis can be easily stored together, including the relevant metadata and samples. It allows enriching the data further by retrieving information from external resources.

    Project details

    Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Malware analysis
      • Malware detection
      • Malware scanning

      MultiScanner review

      78

      SSMA

      Introduction

      SSMA is short for Simple Static Malware Analyzer. The tool can perform a set of tests against a malware sample and retrieve metadata from it. SSMA can analyze ELF and PE and analyze its structure. For example, it can retrieve the PE file header information and its sections. Other pieces it can analyze is the usage of packers, anti-debugging techniques, cryptographic algorithms, domains, email addresses, and IP addresses. It can also check if the sample is already detected or blocked by using VirusTotal and the blocklist of malwaredomains.com.

      Project details

      SSMA is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

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

      Typical usage

      • Malware analysis
      • Malware detection
      • Malware scanning
      • Reverse engineering

      SSMA review

      60

      YaraGuardian

      Introduction

      YaraGuardian provides a web-based interface that helps to manage Yara rules. It can be used to search, organize, and bulk-edit rules. The tool also prevents creating duplicate entries, which is a nice additional benefit of this management utility.

      Project details

      YaraGuardian is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Malware analysis

        YaraGuardian review

        64

        Binary Analysis Next Generation (BANG)

        Introduction

        BANG is a framework to unpack files recursively and scan them. The files can be firmware, binaries, or malware. The main goal is to scan all files and perform classification and labeling. This way each file can be further analyzed based on the characteristics.

        Project details

        Binary Analysis Next Generation is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

        Typical usage

        • Binary analysis
        • Malware analysis
        • Malware scanning

        Binary Analysis Next Generation review

        78

        bingrep

        Introduction

        Searches through binaries and highlights the most important areas with colors.

        Supported binary formats:

        • ELF 32/64, arm, x86, openrisc
        • Mach 32/64, arm, x86
        • PE

        Project details

        74

        Cuckoo Sandbox (cuckoo)

        Introduction

        In a matter of seconds, Cuckoo Sandbox provides detailed results on what a file does within an isolated environment. This helps with malware analysis and understanding what it exactly tries to achieve. Further analysis can be done, based on the previous actions that were done.

        Cuckoo Sandbox was created by Claudio Guarnieri as part of the Google Summer of Code project in 2010.

        Project details

        Cuckoo Sandbox is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - Many provided pull requests are still open
        • - Many reported issues are still open

        Typical usage

        • Digital forensics
        • Malware analysis

        Cuckoo Sandbox review

        89

        LMD

        Introduction

        LMD uses MD5 file hashes and HEX pattern matches to define the malware signatures. These are used to detect malware.

        Project details

        LMD is written in shell script.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Malware scanning

          LMD review

          74

          Malscan

          Introduction

          Malscan is a tool to scan for malicious software (malware) such as viruses, worms, and backdoors. Its goal is to extend ClamAV with more scanning modes and signatures. It targets web servers running Linux, but can also be used on mail servers and desktops.

          Project details

          Malscan is written in shell script.

          Strengths and weaknesses

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

            Typical usage

            • Malware protection
            • Malware scanning

            Malscan review

            64

            Mal Tindex

            Introduction

            Mal Tindex is a tool that performs binary analysis on malware samples. It analyzes the binaries it is provided to learn about the specifics of each malware sample that makes them unique. This way data can be gathered that may provide background information. For example, it could provide the attribution of a particular actor or malware campaign.

            Project details

            Mal Tindex is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Malware analysis
              • Malware research

              Mal Tindex review

              59

              Rootkit Hunter (rkhunter)

              Introduction

              Rootkit Hunter is a small utility to find suspicious rootkit components. Other known backdoors or malicious software can also be discovered, especially if it has the goal to hide.

              The tool uses different ways to hunt, like using predefined directory locations and comparing the output of system utilities. Another method is by requesting a specific output and see if this output is altered, therefore tricking rootkits to reveal themselves.

              Project details

              Rootkit Hunter is written in shell script.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + Used language is shell script
              • + Project is mature (10+ years)
              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Malware detection
                • Malware scanning

                Rootkit Hunter review

                70

                Viper

                Introduction

                Viper organizes the malware samples and exploits you found over time. It calls itself "Metasploit for malware researchers". Viper has a terminal interface to store, search and analyze files. As it is a framework, is also allows you to create your plugins.

                Project details

                59

                chkrootkit

                Introduction

                The chkrootkit tool consists of multiple parts that may detect the presence of rootkit parts of rootkit behavior on a system.

                Some areas that are checked include:

                • interface in promiscuous mode
                • lastlog deletions
                • wtmp deletions
                • wtmpx deletions
                • signs of LKM trojans
                • utmp deletions

                Project details

                chkrootkit is written in C, shell script.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + Used language is shell script
                • + Project is mature (10+ years)
                • - Long time between releases

                Typical usage

                • Malware detection
                • Malware scanning

                chkrootkit review

                100

                ClamAV

                Introduction

                ClamAV is a popular tool to detect malicious software or malware. While it calls itself an antivirus engine, it probably won't encounter many viruses, as they have become rare. It is more likely to find other forms of malware like worms, backdoors, and ransomware. ClamAV can be used in a few ways, from doing an occasional scan up to scanning in batch. ClamAV does not do on-access scanning but can be combined with other tools to obtain similar functionality. ClamAV is often used to support scanning incoming emails for malicious content.

                Project details

                ClamAV is written in C.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + Many maintainers
                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Malware analysis
                  • Malware detection
                  • Malware scanning

                  ClamAV review

                  64

                  Diamorphine

                  Introduction

                  Rootkits are typically considered to be malware, or malicious software. With the intent to hide, this type of software is often used after a breach. Learning about how it works can be useful for security researchers and security professionals.

                  Project details

                  Diamorphine is written in C.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Learning

                    Diamorphine review

                    97

                    hBlock

                    Introduction

                    For the privacy-aware users, tools like hBlock can be helpful to block malicious domains, malware, advertisements, and trackers. Trackers could be pixels added to websites to track which pages you visited, which might invade your privacy.

                    Project details

                    hBlock is written in shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                      Typical usage

                      • Malware protection
                      • Privacy enhancement
                      • Provide anonymity

                      hBlock review

                      88

                      Cutter

                      Introduction

                      Cutter is a graphical user interface for radare2, the well-known reverse engineering framework. It focuses on those who are not familiar enough with radare2, or rather have a graphical interface instead of the command-line interface that radare2 provides.

                      Project details

                      Cutter is written in C++, Qt.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 50 contributors
                      • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Binary analysis
                        • Malware analysis
                        • Reverse engineering

                        Cutter review

                        97

                        LIEF

                        Introduction

                        LIEF is short for Library to Instrument Executable Formats.

                        Project details

                        LIEF is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Binary analysis
                          • Malware analysis
                          • Reverse engineering

                          LIEF review

                          100

                          radare2

                          Introduction

                          Radare2 is a popular framework to perform reverse engineering on many different file types. It can be used to analyze malware, firmware, or any other type of binary files. Besides reverse engineering, it can be used for forensics on filesystems and do data carving. Tasks can be scripted and support languages like JavaScript, Go, and Python. Even software exploitation is one of the functions it can be used in.

                          Project details

                          radare2 is written in C.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + More than 500 contributors
                          • + More than 8000 GitHub stars
                          • + Many releases available
                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Digital forensics
                            • Reverse engineering
                            • Software exploitation
                            • Troubleshooting

                            radare2 review

                            100

                            TheHive

                            Introduction

                            TheHive is scalable and a complete platform to deal with security incidents. It allows for collaboration between those responsible for dealing with such incidents and related events. It can even use the data of the MISP project, making it easier to start analyzing from there.

                            Project details

                            TheHive is written in Scala.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

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

                              Typical usage

                              • Digital forensics
                              • Incident response
                              • Intrusion detection

                              TheHive review

                              60

                              bamfdetect

                              Introduction

                              With bamfdetect, malware and bots can be analyzed. It identifies and extracts information and returns data in JSON format.

                              Project details

                              bamfdetect is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Malware analysis
                                • Malware scanning

                                bamfdetect review

                                93

                                Loki

                                Introduction

                                Loki is security tool to find so-called indicators of compromise (IOC). It does this by scanning files and then uses pattern matching.

                                Project details

                                Loki is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Digital forensics
                                  • Intrusion detection
                                  • Security monitoring

                                  Loki review

                                  85

                                  Maltrail

                                  Introduction

                                  Maltrail monitors for traffic on the network that might indicate system compromise or other bad behavior. It is great for intrusion detection and monitoring.

                                  Project details

                                  Maltrail is written in Python.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + More than 10 contributors
                                  • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
                                  • + The source code of this software is available

                                    Typical usage

                                    • Intrusion detection
                                    • Network analysis
                                    • Security monitoring

                                    Maltrail review

                                    60

                                    PHP Malware Finder

                                    Introduction

                                    PHP Malware Finder is a tool to find malicious PHP scripts. This threat is common for most web hosters and websites of their customers.

                                    Project details

                                    PHP Malware Finder is written in shell script.

                                    Strengths and weaknesses

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

                                      Typical usage

                                      • Malware scanning

                                      PHP Malware Finder review

                                      60

                                      uitkyk

                                      Introduction

                                      Uitkyk is a security framework to identify Android malware by investigation memory. It detects suspicious processes by looking at the so-called memory heap.

                                      Project details

                                      uitkyk is written in JavaScript.

                                      Strengths and weaknesses

                                      • + The source code of this software is available

                                        uitkyk review

                                        Some relevant tool missing as an alternative to yarGen? Please contact us with your suggestion.