-- Fscrack is a Windows GUI front end to John the Ripper. "John," as we pen testers like to call it, is the fastest free password hash cracker available. What it does, it does well. It has dozens of options and ways to customize, but as a command-line tool, user-friendliness isn’t one of its strong points. GUIs slow down command-line tools, but Foundstone made a GUI front end that makes configuration a snap, and the resulting syntax command then runs in the normal command-line mode. It’s similar to Nmapfe, if you are familiar with Nmap’s GUI front-end tool.
-- HackPack is a simple concept that allows security administrators to keep many of their most popular security tools up to date. Think RSS feeds for your security tools.
-- Hacme Platform (Hacme Casino, Hacme Bookstore, Hacme Shipping, and so on) is a collection of local virtual Web-based environments made just for hacking. You install and then learn how to exploit common vulnerabilities. Developed for a wide range of technologies (.Net, Java, ASP, Cold Fusion MX, and so on), the idea is to use these tools to teach your developers what not to do.
-- SiteDigger allows you to penetration-test a Web site by checking for vulnerabilities using information found in Google’s cache -- it requires use of a Google API license, also free. Yes, you can pen-test a Web site without the site ever being aware of your direct presence. SiteDigger checks for common vulnerabilities as identified by Foundstone and uses the even larger database collected at Johnny Long’s Google Hacking Database site.
-- WSDigger is a black box pen-testing tool for Web services.
Of course, Insecure.org’s Top 100 Network Security Tools Web site is the best security tool list on the planet. You can take a look at top network security tools as voted by nmap-hackers mailing list participants.
The listprovides a good summary description of each tool, displays the platform they run on, and tells you whether the tool is free or commercial. Most are free. Even if you’ve been doing computer security for years, if you haven’t visited this list, you will pick up a handful of utilities that you’ll use the rest of your career.
And as always, be sure to thank the vendors and developers who give us our excellent tools.