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Name Description
anti-forensic Packages that are used for countering forensic activities, including encryption, steganography, and anything that modifies files/file attributes. This all includes tools to work with anything in general that makes changes to a system for the purposes of hiding information.
automation Packages that are used for tool or workflow automation.
automobile Software for security audit of Controller Area Network and technologies related to vehicle safety.
backdoor Packages that exploit or open backdoors on already vulnerable systems.
binary Packages that operate on binary files in some form.
bluetooth Packages that exploit anything concerning the Bluetooth standard (802.15.1).
code-audit Packages that audit existing source code for vulnerability analysis.
cracker Packages used for cracking cryptographic functions, ie hashes.
crypto Packages that work with cryptography, with the exception of cracking.
cryptography Tools for auditing the security of cryptographic algorithms and technologies.
database Packages that involve database exploitations on any level.
debugger Packages that allow the user to view what a particular program is 'doing' in realtime.
decompiler Packages that attempt to reverse a compiled program into source code.
defensive Packages that are used to protect a user from malware & attacks from other users.
disassembler This is similar to decompiler, and there will probably be a lot of programs that fall into both, however these packages produce assembly output rather than the raw source code.
distributives Linux Distributions for penetration testing, computer forensics, focused on security and anonymity.
dos Packages that use DoS (Denial of Service) attacks.
drone Packages that are used for managing physically engineered drones.
environments Vulnerable OS, environments, software, web applications and websites. Their main goals are to be an aid for security professionals to test their skills and tools in a legal environment, help web developers better understand the processes of securing web applications and aid teachers/students to teach/learn web application security in a class room environment.
exploitation Packages that takes advantages of exploits in other programs or services.
fingerprint Packages that exploit fingerprint biometric equipment.
firmware Packages that exploit vulnerabilities in firmware.
forensic Packages that are used to find data on physical disks or embedded memory.
fuzzer Packages that use the fuzz testing principle, ie 'throwing' random inputs at the subject to see what happens.
hardware Packages that exploit or manage anything to do with physical hardware.
honeypot Packages that act as 'honeypots', ie programs that appear to be vulnerable services used to attract hackers into a trap.
ids An intrusion detection system (IDS) is a device or software application that monitors a network or systems for malicious activity or policy violations. Any detected activity or violation is typically reported either to an administrator or collected centrally using a security information and event management (SIEM) system. A SIEM system combines outputs from multiple sources, and uses alarm filtering techniques to distinguish malicious activity from false alarms.
keylogger Packages that record and retain keystrokes on another system.
malware Packages that count as any type of malicious software or malware detection.
misc Packages that don't particularly fit into any categories.
mobile Packages that manipulate mobile platforms.
networking Package that involve IP networking.
nfc Packages that use nfc (near-field communications).
packer Packages that operate on or invlove packers. Packers are programs that embed malware within other executables.
proxy Packages that acts as a proxy, ie redirecting traffic through another node on the internet.
radio Tools for working with radio walkie-talkies.
recon Packets for the gathering information and reconnaissance.
reversing This is an umbrella group for any decompiler, disassembler or any similar program.
scanner Packages that scan selected systems for vulnerabilities.
sniffer Packages that involve analyzing network traffic.
social Packages that primarily attack social networking sites.
spoof Packages that attempt to spoof the attacker such, in that the attacker doesn't show up as an attacker to the victim.
stego Steganography is the practice of concealing a file, message, image, or video within another file, message, image, or video. Generally, the hidden messages appear to be (or be part of) something else: images, articles, shopping lists, or some other cover text. For example, the hidden message may be in invisible ink between the visible lines of a private letter. Some implementations of steganography that lack a shared secret are forms of security through obscurity, whereas key-dependent steganographic schemes adhere to Kerckhoffs's principle. The advantage of steganography over cryptography alone is that the intended secret message does not attract attention to itself as an object of scrutiny. Plainly visible encrypted messages - no matter how unbreakable - arouse interest, and may in themselves be incriminating in countries where encryption is illegal. Thus, whereas cryptography is the practice of protecting the contents of a message alone, steganography is concerned with concealing the fact that a secret message is being sent, as well as concealing the contents of the message. Steganography includes the concealment of information within computer files. In digital steganography, electronic communications may include steganographic coding inside of a transport layer, such as a document file, image file, program or protocol. Media files are ideal for steganographic transmission because of their large size. For example, a sender might start with an innocuous image file and adjust the color of every 100th pixel to correspond to a letter in the alphabet, a change so subtle that someone not specifically looking for it is unlikely to notice it.
tunnel Packages that are used to tunnel network traffic on a given network.
unpacker Packages that are used to extract pre-packed malware from an executable.
voip Packages that operate on voip programs and protocols.
webapp Packages that operate on internet-facing applications.
windows This group is for any native Windows package that runs via wine.
wireless Packages that operates on wireless networks on any level.