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GoVanguard InfoSec Encyclopedia

This is an ongoing compilation of resources we have found helpful and tools we use.

  • Introduction
  • Table of Contents
  • Resources
  • Tools Used
  • Our Open Source Software

Table of Contents

Information Security Certifications


  • Kali Linux Revealed (
  • CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Certification Study Guide (
  • Advanced Penetration Testing: Hacking the World's Most Secure Networks
  • CEH Certified Ethical Hacker All-in-One Exam Guide
  • Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking
  • The Web Application Hacker's Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws
  • Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
  • The Beginner's Guide to Information Security
  • Essentials of Cybersecurity
  • Essentials of Enterprise Network Security (
  • CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional Study Guide
  • CISSP (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide
  • CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide
  • The Shellcoder's Handbook: Discovering and Exploiting Security Holes
  • The Cyber Skill Gap
  • A Bug Hunter's Diary: A Guided Tour Through the Wilds of Software Security
  • The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
  • Practical Malware Analysis: A Hands-On Guide to Dissecting Malicious Software
  • Windows Internals
  • The IDA Pro Book: The Unofficial Guide to the World's Most Popular Disassembler
  • Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters
  • Understanding Cryptography: A Textbook for Students and Practitioners
  • Hacking Exposed 7
  • Blue Team Handbook: Incident Response Edition: A condensed field guide for the Cyber Security Incident Responder
  • Cybersecurity - Protecting Critical Infrastructures from Cyber Attack and Cyber Warfare
  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • TCP/IP Illustrated
  • Web Application Vulnerabilities: Detect, Exploit, Prevent
  • Thinking Security: Stopping Next Year's Hackers
  • Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
  • Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It
  • Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage
  • Cybersecurity and Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance
  • Bulletproof SSL and TLS: Understanding and Deploying SSL/TLS and PKI to Secure Servers and Web Applications
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
  • Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World
  • Worm: The First Digital World War
  • Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door
  • Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering
  • Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual
  • Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook
  • A Short Course on Computer Viruses
  • Protection and Security on the Information Superhighway
  • AVIEN Malware Defense Guide for the Enterprise
  • The Ncsa Guide to PC and Lan Security
  • Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code in C
  • Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications
  • The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
  • The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense
  • Information Assurance Handbook: Effective Computer Security and Risk Management Strategies
  • The Hacker Playbook: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
  • Applied Network Security Monitoring: Collection, Detection, and Analysis
  • Security Metrics, A Beginner's Guide
  • Network Security Through Data Analysis: Building Situational Awareness
  • Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?
  • Hacked Again
  • The Computer Incident Response Planning Handbook: Executable Plans for Protecting Information at Risk
  • The Tao of Network Security Monitoring: Beyond Intrusion Detection
  • Surreptitious Software: Obfuscation, Watermarking, and Tamperproofing for Software Protection
  • Secure Programming HOWTO (
  • Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers through Cyberspace
  • The Art of Memory Forensics
  • Practice of Network Security Monitoring


  • SANS Annual Conference
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit
  • SANS Pen Test Annual Conferences
  • SANS Security Annual Conferences
  • Security Operations Summit & Training
  • AppSecUSA
  • Infosecurity North America
  • Infosecurity Europe
  • AppSec United States (OWASP National Conference)
  • RSA Conference United States
  • IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy
  • ISF Annual World Congress
  • ISACA Cyber Security Nexus
  • DerbyCon 8.0
  • CSO50 Conference
  • Infosecurity Europe
  • Securi-Tay
  • Nullcon Conference
  • CanSecWest
  • InfoSec World
  • IAPP Global Privacy Summit
  • ISSA International Conference
  • InfoSec Southwest
  • Infiltrate
  • Atlantic Security Conference (AtlSecCon)
  • SOURCE Annual Conferences
  • Secure360 Conference
  • AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium
  • Ignite
  • FIRST Conference
  • Black Hat United States
  • USENIX Security Symposium
  • 44CON London
  • Hacker Halted - Optionally includes certification-specific training
  • SecTor Canada
  • BruCON
  • DeepSec
  • (ISC)2 Secure Event Series
  • IANS Information Security Forums
  • ISSA CISO Executive Forum Series
  • secureCISO
  • BSides Event Series
  • CISO Executive Summit Series (Invite-only)
  • SecureWorld
  • HOPE
  • HITB
  • Black Hat
  • BSides
  • CCC
  • DerbyCon
  • PhreakNIC
  • ShmooCon
  • CarolinaCon
  • SummerCon
  • Hack3rCon
  • ThotCon
  • LayerOne
  • SkyDogCon
  • DefCamp
  • Nullcon
  • Swiss Cyber Storm
  • Virus Bulletin Conference
  • Ekoparty
  • 44Con
  • BalCCon
  • FSec

Online Videos

Illustrations and Presentations

Clearnet Exploit Databases

Awesome Master Lists


Penetration Testing OS Distributions

  • Parrot Security OS - Distribution similar to Kali using the same repositories, but with additional features such as Tor and I2P integration.
  • Kali - GNU/Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing.
  • ArchStrike - Arch GNU/Linux repository for security professionals and enthusiasts.
  • BlackArch - Arch GNU/Linux-based distribution for penetration testers and security researchers.
  • Network Security Toolkit (NST) - Fedora-based bootable live operating system designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed open source network security applications.
  • BackBox - Ubuntu-based distribution for penetration tests and security assessments.
  • Buscador - GNU/Linux virtual machine that is pre-configured for online investigators.
  • Fedora Security Lab - Provides a safe test environment to work on security auditing, forensics, system rescue and teaching security testing methodologies.
  • The Pentesters Framework - Distro organized around the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), providing a curated collection of utilities that eliminates often unused toolchains.
  • AttifyOS - GNU/Linux distribution focused on tools useful during Internet of Things (IoT) security assessments.

Multi-paradigm Frameworks

  • Metasploit - Software for offensive security teams to help verify vulnerabilities and manage security assessments.
  • Mad-Metasploit - Additional scripts for Metasploit.
  • Armitage - Java-based GUI front-end for the Metasploit Framework.
  • Faraday - Multiuser integrated pentesting environment for red teams performing cooperative penetration tests, security audits, and risk assessments.
  • ExploitPack - Graphical tool for automating penetration tests that ships with many pre-packaged exploits.
  • Pupy - Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android) remote administration and post-exploitation tool.
  • AutoSploit - Automated mass exploiter, which collects target by employing the API and programmatically chooses Metasploit exploit modules based on the Shodan query.
  • Rupture - Multipurpose tool capable of man-in-the-middle attacks, BREACH attacks and other compression-based crypto attacks.
  • Mobile Security Framework (MobSF) - Automated mobile application pentesting framework capable of static analysis, dynamic analysis, malware analysis, and web API testing.

Training Utilities and Resources

Network Reconnaissance Tools

  • Shodan - Database containing information on all accessible domains on the internet obtained from passive scanning.
  • zmap - Open source network scanner that enables researchers to easily perform Internet-wide network studies.
  • nmap - Free security scanner for network exploration & security audits.
  • Netdiscover - Simple and quick network scanning tool.
  • xprobe2 - Open source operating system fingerprinting tool.
  • CloudFail - Unmask server IP addresses hidden behind Cloudflare by searching old database records and detecting misconfigured DNS.
  • Mass Scan - TCP port scanner, spews SYN packets asynchronously, scanning entire Internet in under 5 minutes.
  • smbmap - Handy SMB enumeration tool.
  • LdapMiner - Multiplatform LDAP enumeration utility.
  • ACLight - Script for advanced discovery of sensitive Privileged Accounts - includes Shadow Admins.
  • Pentest-Tools - Online suite of various different pentest related tools.
  • Ruler - Tool for remotely interacting with Exchange servers.

Network Vulnerability Scanners

  • OpenVAS - Open source implementation of the popular Nessus vulnerability assessment system.
  • Nessus - Commercial network vulnerability scanner.
  • Nexpose - Commercial vulnerability and risk management assessment engine that integrates with Metasploit, sold by Rapid7.
  • Vuls - Agentless Linux/FreeBSD vulnerability scanner written in Go.

Web Vulnerability Scanners

  • Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner - Commercial web application security scanner to automatically find many different types of security flaws.
  • OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) - Feature-rich, scriptable HTTP intercepting proxy and fuzzer for penetration testing web applications.
  • Burp Suite - Commercial web vulnerability scanner, with limited community edition.
  • Nikto - Noisy but fast black box web server and web application vulnerability scanner.
  • WPScan - Black box WordPress vulnerability scanner.
  • cms-explorer - Reveal the specific modules, plugins, components and themes that various websites powered by content management systems are running.
  • ACSTIS - Automated client-side template injection (sandbox escape/bypass) detection for AngularJS.
  • SQLmate - A friend of sqlmap that identifies sqli vulnerabilities based on a given dork and website (optional).
  • ASafaWeb - Free online web vulnerability scanner.

Web Exploitation

  • Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF) - Command and control server for delivering exploits to commandeered Web browsers.
  • Wordpress Exploit Framework - Ruby framework for developing and using modules which aid in the penetration testing of WordPress powered websites and systems.
  • WPSploit - Exploit WordPress-powered websites with Metasploit.
  • commix - Command Injection exploitation tool.
  • Drupwn - Drupal web application exploitation tool.
  • SQLmap - Automated SQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • sqlninja - Automated SQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • libformatstr - Python script designed to simplify format string exploits.
  • tplmap - Automatic server-side template injection and Web server takeover tool.
  • weevely3 - Weaponized web shell.
  • wafw00f - Identifies and fingerprints Web Application Firewall (WAF) products.
  • fimap - Find, prepare, audit, exploit and even Google automatically for LFI/RFI bugs.
  • Kadabra - Automatic LFI exploiter and scanner.
  • Kadimus - LFI scan and exploit tool.
  • liffy - LFI exploitation tool.
  • Commix - Automated all-in-one operating system command injection and exploitation tool.
  • sslstrip - Demonstration of the HTTPS stripping attacks.
  • sslstrip2 - SSLStrip version to defeat HSTS.
  • NoSQLmap - Automatic NoSQL injection and database takeover tool.
  • VHostScan - A virtual host scanner that performs reverse lookups, can be used with pivot tools, detect catch-all scenarios, aliases and dynamic default pages.
  • FuzzDB - Dictionary of attack patterns and primitives for black-box application fault injection and resource discovery.
  • EyeWitness - Tool to take screenshots of websites, provide some server header info, and identify default credentials if possible.
  • webscreenshot - A simple script to take screenshots from a list of websites.
  • IIS-Shortname-Scanner - Command line tool to exploit the Windows IIS tilde information disclosure vulnerability.
  • lyncsmash - a collection of tools to enumerate and attack self-hosted Skype for Business and Microsoft Lync installations

Network Tools

  • - Website offering an interface to numerous basic network utilities like ping, traceroute, whois, and more.
  • Intercepter-NG - Multifunctional network toolkit.
  • SPARTA - Graphical interface offering scriptable, configurable access to existing network infrastructure scanning and enumeration tools.
  • dsniff - Collection of tools for network auditing and pentesting.
  • scapy - Python-based interactive packet manipulation program & library.
  • Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) - Tool for printer security testing capable of IP and USB connectivity, fuzzing, and exploitation of PostScript, PJL, and PCL printer language features.
  • Praeda - Automated multi-function printer data harvester for gathering usable data during security assessments.
  • routersploit - Open source exploitation framework similar to Metasploit but dedicated to embedded devices.
  • impacket - Collection of Python classes for working with network protocols.
  • dnstwist - Domain name permutation engine for detecting typo squatting, phishing and corporate espionage.
  • THC Hydra - Online password cracking tool with built-in support for many network protocols, including HTTP, SMB, FTP, telnet, ICQ, MySQL, LDAP, IMAP, VNC, and more.
  • Ncat - TCP/IP command line utility supporting multiple protocols.
  • pig - GNU/Linux packet crafting tool.
  • Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) - Open source network stress testing tool.
  • Sockstress - TCP based DoS utility.
  • UFONet - Layer 7 DDoS/DoS tool.
  • Zarp - Multipurpose network attack tool, both wired and wireless.
  • FireAway - Firewall audit and security bypass tool.
  • enumdb - MySQL and MSSQL bruteforce utilityl

Protocol Analyzers and Sniffers

  • tcpdump/libpcap - Common packet analyzer that runs under the command line.
  • Wireshark - Widely-used graphical, cross-platform network protocol analyzer.
  • Yersinia - Packet and protocol analyzer with MITM capability.
  • Fiddler - Cross platform packet capturing tool for capturing HTTP/HTTPS traffic.
  • netsniff-ng - Swiss army knife for Linux network sniffing.
  • Dshell - Network forensic analysis framework.
  • Chaosreader - Universal TCP/UDP snarfing tool that dumps session data from various protocols.

Proxies and MITM Tools

  • Responder - Open source NBT-NS, LLMNR, and MDNS poisoner.
  • Responder-Windows - Windows version of the above NBT-NS/LLMNR/MDNS poisoner.
  • MITMf - Multipurpose man-in-the-middle framework.
    • e.g. mitmf --arp --spoof -i eth0 --gateway --targets --inject --js-url
  • dnschef - Highly configurable DNS proxy for pentesters.
  • mitmproxy - Interactive TLS-capable intercepting HTTP proxy for penetration testers and software developers.
  • Morpheus - Automated ettercap TCP/IP Hijacking tool.
  • SSH MITM - Intercept SSH connections with a proxy; all plaintext passwords and sessions are logged to disk.
  • evilgrade - Modular framework to take advantage of poor upgrade implementations by injecting fake updates.
  • Ettercap - Comprehensive, mature suite for machine-in-the-middle attacks.
  • BetterCAP - Modular, portable and easily extensible MITM framework.

Wireless Network Tools

  • Aircrack-ng - Set of tools for auditing wireless networks.
  • WiFi Pumpkin - All in one Wi-Fi exploitation and spoofing utility.
  • MANA Toolkit - Rogue AP and man-in-the-middle utility.
  • Wifite - Automated wireless attack tool.
  • Fluxion - Suite of automated social engineering based WPA attacks.
  • NetStumbler - WLAN scanning tool.
  • Kismet - Wireless network discovery tool.

Transport Layer Security Tools

  • tlssled - Comprehensive TLS/SSL testing suite.
  • SSLscan - Quick command line SSL/TLS analyzer.
  • SSLyze - Fast and comprehensive TLS/SSL configuration analyzer to help identify security mis-configurations.
  • SSL Labs - Online TLS/SSL testing suite for revealing supported TLS/SSL versions and ciphers.
  • crackpkcs12 - Multithreaded program to crack PKCS#12 files (.p12 and .pfx extensions), such as TLS/SSL certificates.
  • spoodle - Mass subdomain + POODLE vulnerability scanner.


  • FeatherDuster - Analysis tool for discovering flaws in cryptography.
  • rsatool - Tool for calculating RSA and RSA-CRT parameters.
  • xortool - XOR cipher analysis tool.


  • CrackMapExec - Multipurpose post-exploitation suite containing many plugins.
  • DBC2 - Multipurpose post-exploitation tool.
  • Empire - PowerShell based (Windows) and Python based (Linux/OS X) post-exploitation framework.
  • EvilOSX - macOS backdoor with docker support.
  • FruityC2 - Open source, agent-based post-exploitation framework with a web UI for management.
  • PowerOPS - PowerShell and .NET based runspace portable post-exploitation utility.
  • ProcessHider - Post-exploitation tool for hiding processes.
  • RemoteRecon - Post-exploitation utility making use of multiple agents to perform different tasks.
  • TheFatRat - Tool designed to generate remote access trojans (backdoors) with msfvenom.
  • Koadic - Windows post-exploitation rootkit, primarily utilizing Windows Script Host.
  • p0wnedShell - PowerShell based post-exploitation utility utilizing .NET.
  • poet - Simple but multipurpose post-exploitation tool.
  • Pupy - Open source cross-platform post-exploitation tool, mostly written in Python.
  • PlugBot - Can be installed onto an ARM device for Command & Control use and more.
  • Fathomless - A collection of post-exploitation tools for both Linux and Windows systems.
  • Portia - Automated post-exploitation tool for lateral movement and privilege escalation.

Exfiltration Tools

  • HTTPTunnel - Tunnel data over pure HTTP GET/POST requests.
  • Data Exfiltration Toolkit (DET) - Proof of concept to perform data exfiltration using either single or multiple channel(s) at the same time.
  • mimikatz - Credentials extraction tool for Windows operating system.
  • mimikittenz - Post-exploitation PowerShell tool for extracting data from process memory.
  • pwnat - Punches holes in firewalls and NATs.
  • dnsteal - Fake DNS server for stealthily extracting files.
  • tgcd - Simple Unix network utility to extend the accessibility of TCP/IP based network services beyond firewalls.
  • Iodine - Tunnel IPv4 data through a DNS server; useful for exfiltration from networks where Internet access is firewalled, but DNS queries are allowed.
  • PassHunt - Search file systems for passwords.
  • PANHunt - Search file systems for credit cards.
  • mallory - HTTP/HTTPS proxy over SSH.
  • spYDyishai - Local Google credentials exfiltration tool, written in Python.
  • MailSniper - Search through email in a Microsoft Exchange environment for specific terms (passwords, insider intel, network architecture information, etc.).

Static Analyzers

  • OWASP Dependency Check - Open source static analysis tool that enumerates dependencies used by Java and .NET software code (with experimental support for Python, Ruby, Node.js, C, and C++) and lists security vulnerabilities associated with the depedencies.
  • VisualCodeGrepper - Open source static code analysis tool with support for Java, C, C++, C#, PL/SQL, VB, and PHP. VisualCodeGrepper also conforms to OWASP best practices.
  • Veracode - Commercial cloud platform for static code analysis, dynamic code analysis, dependency/plugin analysis, and more.
  • Brakeman - Static analysis security vulnerability scanner for Ruby on Rails applications.
  • cppcheck - Extensible C/C++ static analyzer focused on finding bugs.
  • FindBugs - Free software static analyzer to look for bugs in Java code.
  • sobelow - Security-focused static analysis for the Phoenix Framework.
  • bandit - Security oriented static analyser for python code.
  • Progpilot - Static security analysis tool for PHP code.
  • ShellCheck - Static code analysis tool for shell script.
  • Codebeat (open source) - Open source implementation of commercial static code analysis tool with GitHub integration.
  • smalisca - Android static code analysis tool.
  • Androwarn - Android static code analysis tool.
  • APKinspector - Android APK analysis tool with GUI.
  • pefile - Static portable executable file inspector.
  • Androbugs-Framework - Android program vulnerability analysis tool.
  • Joint Advanced Defense Assessment for Android Applications (JAADAS) - Multipurpose Android static analysis tool.
  • Quick Android Review Kit (Qark) - Tool for finding security related Android application vulnerabilities.
  • truffleHog - Git repo scanner.
  • Yara - Static pattern analysis tool for malware researchers.

Dynamic Analyzers

  • Cheat Engine - Memory debugger and hex editor for running applications.
  • Cuckoo - Automated dynamic malware analysis tool.
  • ConDroid - Android dynamic application analysis tool.
  • drozer - Android platform dynamic vulnerability assessment tool.
  • DECAF - Dynamic code analysis tool.
  • droidbox - Dynamic malware analysis tool for Android, extension to DECAF.
  • AndroidHooker - Dynamic Android application analysis tool.
  • Inspeckage - Dynamic Android package analysis tool.
  • Androl4b - Android security virtual machine based on Ubuntu-MATE for reverse engineering and malware analysis.
  • idb - iOS app security analyzer.

Hex Editors

  • HexEdit.js - Browser-based hex editing.
  • Hexinator - World's finest (proprietary, commercial) Hex Editor.
  • Frhed - Binary file editor for Windows.

File Format Analysis Tools

  • Kaitai Struct - File formats and network protocols dissection language and web IDE, generating parsers in C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby.
  • Veles - Binary data visualization and analysis tool.
  • Hachoir - Python library to view and edit a binary stream as tree of fields and tools for metadata extraction.

Anti-Virus Evasion Tools

  • shellsploit - Generates custom shellcode, backdoors, injectors, optionally obfuscates every byte via encoders.
  • Hyperion - Runtime encryptor for 32-bit portable executables ("PE .exes").
  • AntiVirus Evasion Tool (AVET) - Post-process exploits containing executable files targeted for Windows machines to avoid being recognized by antivirus software.
  • - Automates the process of hiding a malicious Windows executable from antivirus (AV) detection.
  • peCloakCapstone - Multi-platform fork of the automated malware antivirus evasion tool.
  • UniByAv - Simple obfuscator that takes raw shellcode and generates Anti-Virus friendly executables by using a brute-forcable, 32-bit XOR key.
  • Shellter - Dynamic shellcode injection tool, and the first truly dynamic PE infector ever created.
  • Windows-SignedBinary - AV evasion tool for binary files.
  • SigThief - Stealing signatures to evade AV.

Hash Cracking Tools

  • Hashcat - Fast hash cracking utility with support for most known hashes as well as OpenCL and CUDA acceleration.
  • John the Ripper - Fast password cracker.
  • John the Ripper Jumbo edition - Community enhanced version of John the Ripper.
  • CeWL - Generates custom wordlists by spidering a target's website and collecting unique words.
  • CrackStation - Online password cracker.
  • JWT Cracker - Simple HS256 JWT token brute force cracker.
  • Rar Crack - RAR bruteforce cracker.

Windows Utilities

  • Sysinternals Suite - The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities.
  • PowerSploit - PowerShell Post-Exploitation Framework.
  • Headstart - Lazy man's Windows privilege escalation tool utilizing PowerSploit.
  • Windows Exploit Suggester - Suggests Windows exploits based on patch levels.
  • Windows Credentials Editor - Inspect logon sessions and add, change, list, and delete associated credentials, including Kerberos tickets.
  • Bloodhound - Graphical Active Directory trust relationship explorer.
  • Empire - Pure PowerShell post-exploitation agent.
  • Fibratus - Tool for exploration and tracing of the Windows kernel.
  • redsnarf - Post-exploitation tool for retrieving password hashes and credentials from Windows workstations, servers, and domain controllers.
  • Magic Unicorn - Shellcode generator for numerous attack vectors, including Microsoft Office macros, PowerShell, HTML applications (HTA), or certutil (using fake certificates).
  • DeathStar - Python script that uses Empire's RESTful API to automate gaining Domain Admin rights in Active Directory environments.
  • PSKernel-Primitives - Exploiting primitives for PowerShell.
  • GetVulnerableGPO - PowerShell based utility for finding vulnerable GPOs.
  • Luckystrike - PowerShell based utility for the creation of malicious Office macro documents.
  • Commentator - PowerShell script for adding comments to MS Office documents, and these comments can contain code to be executed.
  • Hyena - NetBIOS exploitation.

GNU Linux Utilities

  • Linux Exploit Suggester - Heuristic reporting on potentially viable exploits for a given GNU/Linux system.
  • Linus - Security auditing tool for Linux and macOS.
  • vuls - Linux/FreeBSD agentless vulnerability scanner.
  • Mempodipper - Linux Kernel 2.6.39 < 3.2.2 local privilege escalation script.

macOS Utilities

  • Bella - Pure Python post-exploitation data mining and remote administration tool for macOS.
  • Linus - Security auditing tool for Linux and macOS.

Social Engineering Tools


  • Shodan - World's first search engine for Internet-connected devices.
  • Maltego - Proprietary software for open source intelligence and forensics, from Paterva.
  • Alienvault Open Threat Exchange (OTX) - Live threat feed.
  • Talos Intelligence - Live threat feed.
  • Cymon - Threat intelligence feed.
  • Combine - Open source threat intelligence feed gathering tool.
  • ThreatCrowd - Threat search engine.
  • AbuseIPDB - Search engine for blacklisted IPs or domains.
  • Apility - Search engine for blacklisted IPs or domains.
  • AutoShun - Public repository of malicious IPs and other resources.
  • Binary Defense IP Ban List - Public IP blacklist.
  • Blocklist Ipsets - Public IP blacklist.
  • ThreatTracker - Python based IOC tracker.
  • malc0de Database - Searchable incident database.
  • malc0de DNSSinkhole - List of domains that have been identified as distributing malware during the past 30 days.
  • Malware Domain List - Search and share malicious URLs.
  • Machinae - Multipurpose OSINT tool using threat intelligence feeds.
  • Mxtoolbox - Email domain and DNS lookup.
  • BadIPs - Online blacklist lookup.
  • Spamhaus - Online blacklist lookup.
  • Spamcop - IP based blacklist.
  • Robtex - Domain and IP address lookup.
  • theHarvester - E-mail, subdomain and people names harvester.
  • DNSDumpster - Online DNS recon and search service.
  • dnsenum - Perl script that enumerates DNS information from a domain, attempts zone transfers, performs a brute force dictionary style attack, and then performs reverse look-ups on the results.
  • dnsmap - Passive DNS network mapper.
  • dnsrecon - DNS enumeration script.
  • dnstracer - Determines where a given DNS server gets its information from, and follows the chain of DNS servers.
  • passivedns-client - Library and query tool for querying several passive DNS providers.
  • passivedns - Network sniffer that logs all DNS server replies for use in a passive DNS setup.
  • creepy - Geolocation OSINT tool.
  • Google Hacking Database - Database of Google dorks; can be used for recon.
  • GooDork - Command line Google dorking tool.
  • dork-cli - Command line Google dork tool.
  • Censys - Collects data on hosts and websites through daily ZMap and ZGrab scans.
  • recon-ng - Full-featured Web Reconnaissance framework written in Python.
  • github-dorks - CLI tool to scan github repos/organizations for potential sensitive information leak.
  • vcsmap - Plugin-based tool to scan public version control systems for sensitive information.
  • Spiderfoot - Open source OSINT automation tool with a Web UI and report visualizations
  • Threat Crowd - Search engine for threats.
  • PacketTotal - Simple, free, high-quality packet capture file analysis facilitating the quick detection of network-borne malware (using Bro and Suricata IDS signatures under the hood).
  • gOSINT - OSINT tool with multiple modules and a telegram scraper.
  • Amass - Subdomain enumeration via scraping, web archives, brute forcing, permutations, reverse DNS sweeping, TLS certificates, passive DNS data sources, etc.
  • XRay - XRay is a tool for recon, mapping and OSINT gathering from public networks.
  • Intel Techniques Online Tools - Use the links to the left to access all of the custom search tools.
  • FindFrontableDomains - Multithreaded tool for finding frontable domains.
  • CloudFrunt - Tool for identifying misconfigured CloudFront domains.
  • Linkedin2Username - Web scraper that uses valid LinkedIn credentials to put together a list of employees for a specified company.
  • Raven - LinkedIn information gathering tool.
  • InfoByIp - Domain and IP bulk lookup tool.

Anonymity Tools

  • Tor - Free software and onion routed overlay network that helps you defend against traffic analysis.
  • I2P - The Invisible Internet Project.
  • OnionScan - Tool for investigating the Dark Web by finding operational security issues introduced by Tor hidden service operators.
  • What Every Browser Knows About You - Comprehensive detection page to test your own Web browser's configuration for privacy and identity leaks.

Reverse Engineering Tools

  • VirusTotal - Online malware scanner.
  • PacketTotal - Online pcap file analyzer.
  • NetworkTotal - Online pcap file analyzer.
  • Hybrid Analysis - Online malware scanner.
  • - Open source malware analyzer.
  • Cuckoo Sandbox - Online malware scanner.
  • Cuckoo Modified - Fork of Cuckoo Sandbox with multiple improvements.
  • Cuckoo Modified API - Python API for Cuckoo Modified.
  • Cryptam - Online malicious document scanner.
  • Ragpicker - Malware analysis tool.
  • DRAKVUF - Virtualization based agentless black-box binary analysis system.
  • Sandboxed Execution Environment - Framework for building sandboxed malware execution environments.
  • Malheur - Automated sandbox analysis of malware behavior.
  • Metadefender - Online file and hash analyzer.
  • Interactive Disassembler (IDA Pro) - Proprietary multi-processor disassembler and debugger for Windows, GNU/Linux, or macOS; also has a free version, IDA Free.
  • WDK/WinDbg - Windows Driver Kit and WinDbg.
  • OllyDbg - x86 debugger for Windows binaries that emphasizes binary code analysis.
  • Radare2 - Open source, crossplatform reverse engineering framework.
  • x64dbg - Open source x64/x32 debugger for windows.
  • - Firmware analyzier.
  • HaboMalHunter - Automated malware analysis tool for Linux ELF files.
  • Immunity Debugger - Powerful way to write exploits and analyze malware.
  • Evan's Debugger - OllyDbg-like debugger for GNU/Linux.
  • Medusa - Open source, cross-platform interactive disassembler.
  • plasma - Interactive disassembler for x86/ARM/MIPS. Generates indented pseudo-code with colored syntax code.
  • peda - Python Exploit Development Assistance for GDB.
  • dnSpy - Tool to reverse engineer .NET assemblies.
  • binwalk - Fast, easy to use tool for analyzing, reverse engineering, and extracting firmware images.
  • PyREBox - Python scriptable Reverse Engineering sandbox by Cisco-Talos.
  • Voltron - Extensible debugger UI toolkit written in Python.
  • Capstone - Lightweight multi-platform, multi-architecture disassembly framework.
  • rVMI - Debugger on steroids; inspect userspace processes, kernel drivers, and preboot environments in a single tool.
  • PDF Examiner - Online PDF scanner.
  • Balbuzard - Malware analysis tool with reverse obfuscation.
  • de4dot - .NET deobfuscator and unpacker.
  • FireEye Labs Obfuscated String Solver (FLOSS) - Malware deobfuscator.
  • NoMoreXOR - Frequency analysis tool for trying to crack 256-bit XOR keys.
  • PackerAttacker - Generic hidden code extractor for Windows malware.
  • unXOR - Tool that guesses XOR keys using known plaintext attacks.
  • xortool - Tool for guessing XOR keys.
  • VirtualDeobfuscator - Reverse engineering tool for virtualization wrappers.

Side-channel Tools

  • ChipWhisperer - Complete open-source toolchain for side-channel power analysis and glitching attacks.

Forensic Tools

Memory Analysis

Incident Response

Honeypot Tools

Monitoring and IDS-IPS

  • Security Onion - Linux distro for monitoring.
  • Snort - Open source NIPS/NIDS.
  • OSSEC - Open source HIDS.
  • AIEngine - Very advanced NIDS.
  • Suricata - Open source NIPS/NIDS.
  • Elastic Stack - Also known as the ELK stack, the combination of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana, for monitoring and logging.



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