I am pleased to release the results of the 2006 top security tools survey. I found them quite interesting in 2000 and 2003, so I'm glad that 3,243 of you answered this year. I learned about many neat projects while tabulating and writing them up. It is also interesting to see the rise of exploitation frameworks. Metasploit, Impact, and Canvas all made the list for the first time. Wireless tools such as Kismet and Aircrack (new) had a good showing, while many vulnerability scanners dropped significantly in rank (ISS Scanner: -47;
Whisker/libwhisker: -60; Sara: -46; SAINT: -67; N-Stealth: -72).
Nessus kicked their butts, retaining the #1 spot despite closing their source code as of the Nessus 3 release. But they better not get complacent, because Nikto, Languard, and Retina aren't all that far behind. 44 tools are new to the list, including Paros Proxy, Scapy, the BackTrack LiveCD, Webscarab, p0f, and Ike-scan.
I maybe went a little overboard in creating a whole site for the 2006 list. It expands the list to 100 tools, includes category-specific pages (sniffers, crackers, etc.), better ranking information, more detailed descriptions, logo eye candy, and more. You can find it at:
I hope you find this new site useful!
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