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The Top 5 Open Source Vulnerability Scanners

In this article, we will share our picks for the top five open source vulnerability scanners that can help you scan and remediate your network’s vulnerabilities. 

Ilan Spector | October 20, 2021

Vulnerability assessments can help an organization understand the vulnerabilities within their network and provide the foundation for implementing defenses against potential threats. Vulnerability scanners can be open-sourced, close-sourced, or a combination of both. Open source components of networks are often considered more vulnerable because it is harder to keep track of code that is constantly evolving and available to everyone. 

In this article, we will share our picks for the top five open source vulnerability scanners that can help you scan and remediate your network’s vulnerabilities. 

  • Snyk

Snyk is an open-source vulnerability database that exposes many vulnerabilities before they are added to public databases. Vulcan can prioritize and fix vulnerabilities in open source libraries and containers discovered by Snyk. 

  • Black Duck

Black Duck is an open source management solution that discovers all open source in your code. Vulcan integrates with Black Duck to prioritize and fix security findings across open source components.

  • WhiteSource

WhiteSource identifies and prioritizes your open source security vulnerabilities. Vulcan can then integrate with WhiteSource to fix security findings across open source components. 

  • Nmap

Nmap is a tool that scans ports, does service fingerprinting, and identifies versions of operating systems. Nmap also comes with a scripting engine that detects security vulnerabilities. Once these are detected, Vulcan’s platform can help you to prioritize and fix vulnerabilities. 

  • Anchore

Anchore Engine is a tool that analyzes content to find hidden vulnerabilities and ensures adherence to industry security standards. Furthermore, this tool provides organizations with policy evaluations for the images it analyzes to determine how it measures up to organizational requirements. Once these are detected, Vulcan’s platform can help you to prioritize and fix vulnerabilities. 

 

While the multitude of open-source scanning tools out there are cost-effective and efficient, it is essential to note that some of these tools may not be as thorough as commercial tools in detecting vulnerabilities. Regardless of the type of vulnerability assessment your organization chooses, Vulcan can help you take the next steps by helping your team prioritize and remediate the risk found by these tools. Visit Vulcan today to learn more and get fix done.