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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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(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).

(1) ★★★★★ BeEF (#77, new!)

BeEF is a browser exploitation framework. This tool will demonstrate the collecting of zombie browsers and browser vulnerabilities in real-time. It provides a command and control interface which facilitates the targeting of individual or groups of zombie browsers. It is designed to make the creation of new exploit modules easy. Read 4 reviews.

Latest release: version 0.4.5.0 on April 25, 2014 (3 years, 6 months ago).

(1) ★★★★★ Nipper (#81, new!)

Nipper (short for Network Infrastructure Parser, previously known as CiscoParse) audits the security of network devices such as switches, routers, and firewalls. It works by parsing and analyzing device configuration file which the Nipper user must supply. This was an open source tool until its developer (Titania) released a commercial version and tried to hide their old GPL releases (including the GPLv2 version 0.10 source tarball). Read 1 review.

Latest release: version 1.3.

(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).

(2) ★★★★ Wikto (#83, 1)

Wikto is a tool that checks for flaws in webservers. It provides much the same functionality as Nikto but adds various interesting pieces of functionality, such as a Back-End miner and close Google integration. Wikto is written for the MS .NET environment and registration is required to download the binary and/or source code. Read 3 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.1.0.0 on Dec. 14, 2008 (8 years, 11 months ago).

(2) ★★★★★ NoScript (#85, new!)

NoScript is an add-on for Firefox that blocks JavaScript, Java, Flash, and other plugin content (allowing you to selectively re-enable them for certain sites). It also offers cross-site scripting protection. This is mainly designed to keep web users safe, but security testers can also use the add-on to see what scripts a site is using. One caution is that the NoScript author Giorgio Maone has been caught inserting hidden code into NoScript which disabled users' ad-blocking software so that ads would still show up on the NoScript web site. He did post a lengthy apology. Read 3 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.6.9.36 on Aug. 20, 2015 (2 years, 3 months ago).

(1) ★★★★ Sguil (#86, 1)

Sguil (pronounced sgweel) is built by network security analysts for network security analysts. Sguil's main component is an intuitive GUI that provides access to realtime events, session data, and raw packet captures. Sguil facilitates the practice of Network Security Monitoring and event driven analysis. Read 1 review.

Latest release: version 0.9.0 on March 28, 2014 (3 years, 7 months ago).

(3) ★★★★★ Samurai Web Testing Framework (#87, new!)

The Samurai Web Testing Framework is a live linux environment that has been pre-configured to function as a web pen-testing environment. The CD contains the best of the open source and free tools that focus on testing and attacking websites. Samurai includes many other tools featured in this list, such as WebScarab, ratproxy, w3af, Burp Suite, and BeEF. Read 5 reviews.

Latest release: version 3.3.2 on Jan. 22, 2016 (1 year, 10 months ago).

(1) ★★★★ Tamper Data (#88, new!)

Tamper Data is an add-on for Firefox that lets you view and modify HTTP requests before they are sent. It shows what information the web browser is sending on your behalf, such as cookies and hidden form fields. Use of this plugin can reveal web applications that trust the client not to misbehave. Read 1 review.

Latest release: version 10.1.1 on Feb. 11, 2010 (7 years, 9 months ago).

(4) ★★★★★ Firebug (#89, new!)

Firebug is an add-on for Firefox that provides access to browser internals. It features live editing of HTML and CSS, a DOM viewer, and a JavaScript debugger. Web application security testers appreciate the ability to see what's happening behind the scenes of the browser. Read 5 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.0.12 on Aug. 11, 2015 (2 years, 3 months ago).

(6) ★★★★½ inSSIDer (#90, new!)

inSSIDer is a wireless network scanner for Windows, OS X, and Android. It was designed to overcome limitations of NetStumbler, namely not working well on 64-bit Windows and Windows Vista. inSSIDer can find open wireless access points, track signal strength over time, and save logs with GPS records. Read 11 reviews.

Latest release: version 4.1.0 on Jan. 22, 2015 (2 years, 10 months ago).

(5) ★★★★★ KeePass (#92, new!)

KeePass is a password manager. It stores many passwords which are unlocked by one master password. The idea is to only have to remember one high-quality password, and still be able to use unique passwords for various accounts. It has a feature to automatically fill in passwords in web forms. Read 5 reviews.

Latest release: version 1.29 on April 3, 2015 (2 years, 7 months ago).

no rating GDB (#93, new!)

GDB is the GNU Project's debugger. Security folks use it to analyze unknown binaries, by getting disassemblies and stepping through a program instruction by instruction. GDB can debug programs written in Ada, C, C++, Objective-C, Pascal, and other languages. Review this tool.

Latest release: version 7.10 on Aug. 28, 2015 (2 years, 2 months ago).

(3) ★★★½ VirusTotal (#94, new!)

VirusTotal is a web service that analyzes submitted files for known viruses and other malware. It incorporates dozens of antivirus engines from different vendors, updated regularly with new signatures. Participating antivirus vendors can get alerts when a file is not detected by their product but is by someone else's. Read 5 reviews.

(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) ★★★★★ 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).

(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).

no rating Knoppix (#103, 43)

Knoppix consists of a representative collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. Knoppix can be used as a productive Linux system for the desktop, educational CD, rescue system, or as many Nmap survey takers attest, a portable security tool. For a security-specific Linux distribution see BackTrack. Review this tool.

Latest release: version 7.2.0 on June 24, 2013 (4 years, 4 months ago).

no rating Grendel-Scan (#106, new!)

Grendel-Scan is an open-source web application security testing tool. It has automated testing module for detecting common web application vulnerabilities, and features geared at aiding manual penetration tests. Review this tool.

Latest release: version 1.1.

(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).

(1) ★★★★ DumpSec (#109, new!)

DumpSec is a security auditing program for Microsoft Windows NT/XP/200x. It dumps the permissions (DACLs) and audit settings (SACLs) for the file system, registry, printers and shares in a concise, readable format, so that holes in system security are readily apparent. DumpSec also dumps user, group and replication information. Read 2 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.8.6 on June 3, 2010 (7 years, 5 months ago).

(2) ★★★★ SAINT (#110, 19)

SAINT is a commercial vulnerability assessment tool. Like Nessus, it used to be free and open source but is now a commercial product. Unlike Nexpose, and QualysGuard, SAINT runs on Linux and Mac OS X. In fact, SAINT is one of the few scanner vendors that don't support (run on) Windows at all. Read 5 reviews.

Latest release: version 7.13 on May 18, 2012 (5 years, 6 months ago).

no rating NBTScan (#111, 72)

NBTScan is a program for scanning IP networks for NetBIOS name information (similar to what the Windows nbtstat tool provides against single hosts). It sends a NetBIOS status query to each address in a supplied range and lists received information in human readable form. For each responded host it lists IP address, NetBIOS computer name, logged-in user name and MAC address. The original nbtscan was written by Alla Bezroutchko. Steve Friedl has written an alternate implementation. Read 1 review.

Latest release: version 1.5.1 on June 1, 2003 (14 years, 5 months ago).

(1) ★★★★★ DirBuster (#112, new!)

DirBuster searches for hidden pages and directories on a web server. Sometimes developers will leave a page accessible, but unlinked; DirBuster is meant to find these potential vulnerabilities. This is a Java application developed by OWASP. Read 2 reviews.

Latest release: version 2.0-RC1 on March 3, 2009 (8 years, 8 months ago).

(1) ★★★★ WinDbg (#113, new!)

WinDbg is a graphical debugger from Microsoft. It is actually just one component of the Debugging Tools for Windows package, which also includes the KD, CDB, and NTSD debuggers. Its claim to fame is debugging memory dumps produced after a crash. It can even debug in kernel mode. Read 1 review.

Latest release: version 10.0.10075.9 on April 29, 2015 (2 years, 6 months ago).

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