Fyodor Releases 2006 Tool Survey

Today Fyodor released the 2006 top security tools survey:

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:




Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

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