Zeus alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Zeus? During the review of Zeus 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. Prowler (AWS benchmark tool)
  2. Lynis (security scanner and compliance auditing tool)
  3. otseca (system information gathering tool)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Zeus.

Alternatives (by score)

68

Prowler

Introduction

Prowler is a security tool to check systems on AWS against the related CIS benchmark. This benchmark provides a set of best practices for AWS. The primary usage for this tool is system hardening and compliance checking.

Project details

Prowler is written in shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 25 contributors
  • + More than 500 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Compliance testing
    • Security assessment
    • System hardening

    Prowler 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

      60

      otseca

      Introduction

      Tools like otseca help with data collection. This could be useful for system administrators to collect data on a regular interval. This data then can be compared with a future data capture. Another possibility is to use it during pentesting. In that case one should have already obtained root access, as the tool requires this as well.

      Project details

      otseca is written in shell script.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code is easy to read and understand
      • + Tool is modular and extendable
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Configuration audit
        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment

        otseca review

        64

        JShielder

        Introduction

        JShielder is a security tool for Linux systems to make them more secure by adding system hardening measures.

        Project details

        JShielder is written in Python, shell script.

        Strengths and weaknesses

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

          Typical usage

          • System hardening

          JShielder review

          78

          CloudSploit scans

          Introduction

          CloudSploit scans is an open source software project to test security risks related to an AWS account. It runs tests against your Amazon account and aims to discover any potential misconfigured setting or other risks.

          Project details

          CloudSploit scans is written in Node.js.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 10 contributors
          • + More than 500 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available
          • - No releases on GitHub available

          Typical usage

          • Configuration audit
          • IT audit
          • Security assessment

          CloudSploit scans review

          64

          LUNAR

          Introduction

          LUNAR is short for Lockdown UNix Auditing and Reporting and runs on the system itself.

          Project details

          LUNAR is written in shell script.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Security assessment
            • Self-assessment
            • System hardening

            LUNAR review

            60

            orthrus

            Introduction

            Orthrus is a security framework and auditing tool. It allows monitoring and analyzing security configurations across multiple environments.

            Project details

            orthrus is written in Golang.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - Project is in early phase and may be unstable

            Typical usage

            • Security assessment
            • Self-assessment
            • System hardening
            • Vulnerability scanning

            orthrus review

            60

            sysechk (System Security Checker)

            Introduction

            System Security Checker, or sysechk, is a tool to perform a system audit against a set of best practices. It uses a modular approach to test the system.

            Project details

            sysechk is written in shell script.

            Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • IT audit
              • System hardening

              sysechk review

              63

              Bastille Linux

              Introduction

              Bastille Linux was a popular tool to perform hardening of systems running Linux and other flavors. It has not received updates in the last years.

              Project details

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available
              • - No updates for a while

              Typical usage

              • System hardening

              Bastille Linux review

              68

              Cloud Security Suite (CS Suite)

              Introduction

              Cloud Security Suite (CS Suite) is a security toolkit that allows scanning Amazon, Google, and Azure cloud platforms. It leverages tools like Lynis, Prowler, and Scout2 to collect all information. The promise of the tool is to simplify the installation of the tools, their configuration, and the data collection.

              Project details

              Cloud Security Suite is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

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

              Typical usage

              • Configuration audit
              • IT audit
              • Penetration testing
              • System hardening

              Cloud Security Suite 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

                64

                AWSBucketDump

                Introduction

                AWSBucketDump is a security tool to find interesting files in AWS S3 buckets that are part of Amazon cloud services. These storage containers may have interesting files, which a tool like AWSBucketDump can discover.

                Project details

                AWSBucketDump is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - No releases on GitHub available

                Typical usage

                • Configuration audit
                • Discovery of sensitive information
                • Security assessment

                AWSBucketDump review

                74

                Bucket Finder

                Introduction

                The Bucket Finder tool can be a helpful tool during penetration testing and security assessments. It helps with the discovery of S3 buckets on the Amazon AWS cloud.

                Project details

                Bucket Finder is written in Ruby.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available
                • - No updates for a while

                Typical usage

                • Data leak detection
                • Penetration testing
                • Security assessment

                Bucket Finder review

                64

                BuQuikker

                Introduction

                BuQuikker is a security tool to scan the Amazon S3 storage service. Its goal is to find open and unprotected S3 buckets.

                Project details

                BuQuikker is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Data leak detection
                  • Security assessment

                  BuQuikker review

                  56

                  inSp3ctor

                  Introduction

                  Like other S3 bucket scanners, inSp3ctor helps to find valid storage buckets on Amazon's AWS platform. This can be useful for security assignments like penetration testing or see what information is available about a company. Another option is using it to see if any private data is leaking.

                  Project details

                  inSp3ctor is written in Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                  • + Very low number of dependencies
                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • - No releases on GitHub available

                  Typical usage

                  • Penetration testing
                  • Security assessment
                  • Storage security testing

                  inSp3ctor review

                  60

                  s3-fuzzer

                  Introduction

                  This fuzzing tool helps with discovering sensitive data in Amazon S3 buckets. S3 buckets are storage containers and may reveal data to unauthorized individuals. This tools helps with the discovery process.

                  Project details

                  s3-fuzzer is written in Golang.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + The source code of this software is available

                    Typical usage

                    • Configuration audit
                    • Discovery of sensitive information
                    • Security assessment

                    s3-fuzzer review

                    60

                    S3Scanner

                    Introduction

                    The aptly named S3Scanner is to be used to detect AWS S3 buckets. Discovered buckets are displayed, together with the related objects in the bucket.

                    Project details

                    S3Scanner is written in Python.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Information gathering
                      • Information leak detection
                      • Penetration testing
                      • Storage security testing

                      S3Scanner review

                      60

                      Security Monkey

                      Introduction

                      Security Monkey provides a single user interface to browse and search through all of your services and accounts.

                      Project details

                      Security Monkey is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + More than 50 contributors
                      • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
                      • + The source code of this software is available
                      • + Supported by a large company

                        Typical usage

                        • Security monitoring

                        Security Monkey review

                        64

                        Teh S3 Bucketeers

                        Introduction

                        Tools like Teh S3 Bucketeers are valuable for doing reconnaissance and information gathering. They may be used during penetration tests and security assessments. The primary goal of these tools is to find S3 buckets that may lead to sensitive data stored on Amazon's storage service.

                        Project details

                        Teh S3 Bucketeers is written in shell script.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                        • + Used language is shell script
                        • + The source code of this software is available
                        • - No releases on GitHub available

                        Typical usage

                        • Penetration testing
                        • Security assessment
                        • Storage security testing

                        Teh S3 Bucketeers review

                        60

                        iniscan

                        Introduction

                        Iniscan scans a given php.ini file and tests it against security best practices. It reports back the results by showing a Pass or Fail for each related test. As it is a command-line utility, it can be used in automated testing.

                        Project details

                        iniscan is written in PHP.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

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

                          Typical usage

                          • Configuration audit
                          • Security assessment

                          iniscan review

                          85

                          Kube-Bench

                          Introduction

                          Tools like Kube-Bench help with quickly checking configuration weaknesses or discovering bad defaults.

                          Project details

                          Kube-Bench is written in Golang.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Kube-Bench review

                            60

                            SSHsec

                            Introduction

                            SSHsec scans a system running the SSH protocol and retrieves its configuration, host keys, and Diffie-Hellman groups.

                            Project details

                            SSHsec is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Security assessment

                              SSHsec review

                              89

                              testssl.sh

                              Introduction

                              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 and weaknesses

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

                                Typical usage

                                • Application testing
                                • Configuration audit

                                testssl.sh review

                                60

                                VHostScan

                                Introduction

                                Tools like VHostScan are powerful to perform reconnaissance and discover configuration defaults. This can be useful during penetration tests or security testing, to see if a system has been stripped from default pages. If not, this tool might discover them and provide valuable information about the system.

                                Project details

                                VHostScan is written in Python.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Penetration testing
                                  • Reconnaissance

                                  VHostScan review

                                  52

                                  Nix Auditor

                                  Introduction

                                  This fairly new tool is written in shell script to scan Linux systems with the focus on security auditing.

                                  Project details

                                  Nix Auditor is written in shell script.

                                  Strengths and weaknesses

                                  • + Used language is shell script
                                  • - Full name of author is unknown
                                  • - Unknown project license

                                  Nix Auditor review

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