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SecTools.Org: Top 125 Network Security Tools

For more than a decade, the Nmap Project has been cataloguing the network security community's favorite tools. In 2011 this site became much more dynamic, offering ratings, reviews, searching, sorting, and a new tool suggestion form. This site allows open source and commercial tools on any platform, except those tools that we maintain (such as the Nmap Security Scanner, Ncat network connector, and Nping packet manipulator).

We're very impressed by the collective smarts of the security community and we highly recommend reading the whole list and investigating any tools you are unfamiliar with. Click any tool name for more details on that particular application, including the chance to read (and write) reviews. Many site elements are explained by tool tips if you hover your mouse over them. Enjoy!

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(1) ★★★★★ NetScanTools (#99, new!)

NetScanTools is a collection of over 40 network utilities for Windows, designed with an easy user interface in mind. It includes DNS tools, a ping and port scanner, traceroute, and other utilities. It comes in bundles with more or fewer tools based on the price. Read 3 reviews.

Latest release: version 11.30 on May 8, 2012 (5 years, 6 months ago).

(3) ★★★★★ OpenBSD PF (#79, 22)

Like Netfilter and ipfilter on other platforms, OpenBSD users love PF, their firewall tool. It handles network address translation, normalizing TCP/IP traffic, providing bandwidth control, and packet prioritization. It also offers some eccentric features, such as passive OS detection. Coming from the same guys who created OpenBSD, you can trust that it has been well audited and coded to avoid the sort of security holes we have seen in other  packet  filters. Read 4 reviews.

Latest release: version 5.3 on May 1, 2012 (5 years, 6 months ago).

no rating sqlninja (#72, new!)

sqlininja exploits web applications that use Microsoft SQL Server as a database backend. Its focus is on getting a running shell on the remote host. sqlninja doesn't find an SQL injection in the first place, but automates the exploitation process once one has been discovered. Review this tool.

Latest release: version 0.2.6-r1 on April 29, 2012 (5 years, 6 months ago).

(4) ★★★★ Websecurify (#102, new!)

Websecurify is a powerful web application security testing environment designed from the ground up to provide the best combination of automatic and manual vulnerability testing technologies. Read 4 reviews.

Latest release: version 1.0.2 on Jan. 15, 2012 (5 years, 10 months ago).

(2) ★★★★ AppScan (#47, 51)

AppScan provides security testing throughout the application development lifecycle, easing unit testing and security assurance early in the development phase. Appscan scans for many common vulnerabilities, such as cross site scripting, HTTP response splitting, parameter tampering, hidden field manipulation, backdoors/debug options, buffer overflows and more. AppScan was merged into IBM's Rational division after IBM purchased its original developer (Watchfire) in 2007. Read 2 reviews.

Latest release: version 8.5 on Nov. 15, 2011 (6 years ago).

(1) ★★★★★ Canvas (#51, 37)

Canvas is a commercial vulnerability exploitation tool from Dave Aitel's ImmunitySec. It includes more than 370 exploits and is less expensive than Core Impact or the commercial versions of Metasploit. It comes with full source code, and occasionally even includes zero-day exploits. Read 2 reviews.

Latest release: version 6.73 on Oct. 26, 2011 (6 years ago).

(15) ★★★½ w3af (#18, new!)

W3af is an extremely popular, powerful, and flexible framework for finding and exploiting web application vulnerabilities. It is easy to use and extend and features dozens of web assessment and exploitation plugins. In some ways it is like a web-focused Metasploit. Read 17 reviews.

Latest release: version 1.1 on Oct. 11, 2011 (6 years, 1 month ago).

(8) ★★★★½ Core Impact (#29, 15)

Core Impact isn't cheap (be prepared to spend at least $30,000), but it is widely considered to be the most powerful exploitation tool available. It sports a large, regularly updated database of professional exploits, and can do neat tricks like exploiting one machine and then establishing an encrypted tunnel through that machine to reach and exploit other boxes. Other good options include Metasploit and Canvas. Read 9 reviews.

Latest release: version 12 on Aug. 8, 2011 (6 years, 3 months ago).

no rating Wfuzz (#114, new!)

Wfuzz is a tool for bruteforcing Web Applications, it can be used for finding resources not linked (directories, servlets, scripts, etc), bruteforcing GET and POST parameters for different kinds of injections (SQL, XSS, LDAP, etc.), bruteforcing form parameters (user/password), fuzzing, and more. Review this tool.

Latest release: version 2.0 on Aug. 4, 2011 (6 years, 3 months ago).

(7) ★★★½ HP WebInspect (#76, 36)

WebInspect is a web application security assessment tool that helps identify known and unknown vulnerabilities within the Web application layer. It can also help check that a Web server is configured properly, and attempts common web attacks such as parameter injection, cross-site scripting, directory traversal, and more. It was produced by Spidynamics, which is now part of HP. Read 10 reviews.

Latest release: version 9.10 on June 27, 2011 (6 years, 4 months ago).

(18) ★★★★½ Burp Suite (#13, 63)

Burp Suite is an integrated platform for attacking web applications. It contains a variety of tools with numerous interfaces between them designed to facilitate and speed up the process of attacking an application. All of the tools share the same framework for handling and displaying HTTP messages, persistence, authentication, proxies, logging, alerting and extensibility. There is a limited free version and also Burp Suite Professional ($299 per user per year). Read 20 reviews.

Latest release: version 1.4.01 on June 3, 2011 (6 years, 5 months ago).

(9) ★★★★½ sqlmap (#30, new!)

sqlmap is an open source penetration testing tool that automates the process of detecting and exploiting SQL injection flaws and taking over of back-end database servers. It comes with a broad range of features, from database fingerprinting to fetching data from the DB and even accessing the underlying file system and executing OS commands via out-of-band connections. The authors recommend using the development release from their Subversion repository. Read 11 reviews.

Latest release: version 0.9 on April 11, 2011 (6 years, 7 months ago).

no rating THC Amap (#104, 85)

Amap is a great tool for determining what application is listening on a given port. Their database isn't as large as what Nmap uses for its version detection feature, but it is definitely worth trying for a 2nd opinion or if Nmap fails to detect a service. Amap even knows how to parse Nmap output files. This is yet another valuable tool from the great guys at THC. Review this tool.

Latest release: version 5.4 on April 1, 2011 (6 years, 7 months ago).

(1) ★★★★★ Scapy (#20, 8)

Scapy is a powerful interactive packet manipulation tool, packet generator, network scanner, network discovery tool, and packet sniffer. Note that Scapy is a very low-level tool—you interact with it using the Python programming language. It provides classes to interactively create packets or sets of packets, manipulate them, send them over the wire, sniff other packets from the wire, match answers and replies, and more. Read 2 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.2.0 on Feb. 28, 2011 (6 years, 8 months ago).

(4) ★★★★ QualysGuard (#42, 31)

QualysGuard is a popular SaaS (software as a service) vulnerability management offering. It's web-based UI offers network discovery and mapping, asset prioritization, vulnerability assessment reporting and remediation tracking according to business risk. Internal scans are handled by Qualys appliances which communicate back to the cloud-based system. Read 5 reviews.

Latest release: version 6.18 on Feb. 25, 2011 (6 years, 8 months ago).

(11) ★★★★½ Nikto (#14, 2)

Nikto is an Open Source (GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 6400 potentially dangerous files/CGIs, checks for outdated versions of over 1200 servers, and version specific problems on over 270 servers. It also checks for server configuration items such as the presence of multiple index files, HTTP server options, and will attempt to identify installed web servers and software. Scan items and plugins are frequently updated and can be automatically updated. Read 16 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.1.4 on Feb. 20, 2011 (6 years, 9 months ago).

no rating AIDE (#125, new!)

AIDE (Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment) is a rootkit detector, a free replacement for Tripwire. It makes cryptographic hashes of important system files and stores them in a database. It can then make reports about which files have changed. Read 1 review.

Latest release: version 0.16a1 on Feb. 16, 2011 (6 years, 9 months ago).

(6) ★★★★½ Splunk (#65, new!)

Splunk is a tool to search, report, monitor and analyze real-time streaming and historical IT data. It collects logs from a variety of sources and makes them searchable in a unified interface. Read 6 reviews.

Latest release: version 4.1.7 on Feb. 14, 2011 (6 years, 9 months ago).

(1) ★★★★★ dradis (#107, new!)

dradis is an open source framework to enable effective sharing of information among participants in a penetration test. It is a self-contained web application that provides a centralised repository of information to keep track of what has been done so far, and what is still ahead. It has plugins to read and collect the output of a variety of network scanning tools, like Nmap, Burp Suite, and Nikto. Read 2 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.6.1 on Feb. 11, 2011 (6 years, 9 months ago).

(5) ★★★★★ Netsparker (#75, new!)

Netsparker is a web application security scanner, with support for both detection and exploitation of vulnerabilities. It aims to be false positive–free by only reporting confirmed vulnerabilities after successfully exploiting or otherwise testing them. Read 5 reviews.

Latest release: version 1.8.3.3 on Feb. 10, 2011 (6 years, 9 months ago).

(1) ★★★★★ KisMAC (#97, 42)

This popular wireless stumbler for Mac OS X offers many of the features of its namesake Kismet, though the codebase is entirely different. Unlike console-based Kismet, KisMAC offers a pretty GUI and was around before Kismet was ported to OS X. It also offers mapping, Pcap-format import and logging, and even some decryption and deauthentication attacks. Read 2 reviews.

Latest release: version 0.3.3 on Feb. 7, 2011 (6 years, 9 months ago).

(1) ★★★ NetworkMiner (#82, new!)

NetworkMiner is a Network Forensic Analysis Tool for Windows. NetworkMiner can be used as a passive network sniffer/packet capturing tool in order to detect operating systems, sessions, hostnames, open ports etc. without putting any traffic on the network. NetworkMiner can also parse pcap files for off-line analysis and to regenerate/reassemble transmitted files and certificates from pcap files. In contrast to other sniffers like Wireshark, NetworkMiner's display focuses on hosts and their attributes rather than raw packets. Read 1 review.

Latest release: version 1.0 on Feb. 5, 2011 (6 years, 9 months ago).

(1) ★★★★★ Sysinternals (#17, 7)

Sysinternals provides many small windows utilities that are quite useful for low-level windows hacking. Some are free of cost and/or include source code, while others are proprietary. Survey respondents were most enamored with:

  • ProcessExplorer for keeping an eye on the files and directories open by any process (like lsof on UNIX).
  • PsTools for managing (executing, suspending, killing, detailing) local and remote processes.
  • Autoruns for discovering what executables are set to run during system boot up or login.
  • RootkitRevealer for detecting registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit.
  • TCPView, for viewing TCP and UDP traffic endpoints used by each process (like Netstat on UNIX).

Many of the Sysinternals tools originally came with source code and there were even Linux versions. Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July 2006, promising that “Customers will be able to continue building on Sysinternals' advanced utilities, technical information and source code”. Less than four months later, Microsoft removed most of that source code. Read 1 review.

Latest release: Feb. 4, 2011 (6 years, 9 months ago).

(1) ★★★★ Maltego (#34, new!)

Maltego is a forensics and data mining application. It is capable of querying various public data sources and graphically depicting the relationships between entities such as people, companies, web sites, and documents. Maltego is an open source intelligence too, but isn't open source software. Read 1 review.

Latest release: version 3.0.3 on Jan. 17, 2011 (6 years, 10 months ago).

(5) ★★★★★ Secunia PSI (#68, new!)

Secunia PSI (Personal Software Inspector) is a free security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins that expose your PC to attacks. Attacks exploiting vulnerable programs and plug-ins are rarely blocked by traditional anti-virus programs. Secunia PSI checks only the machine it is running on, while its commercial sibling Secunia CSI (Corporate Software Inspector) scans multiple machines on a network. Read 5 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.0 on Jan. 10, 2011 (6 years, 10 months ago).

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