SARA – Security Auditor’s Research Assistant – Network Analysis Tool

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This tool has been around for a LONG time in some form or another, some of you old-skool guys may remember a package called SATAN, this was the best semi-automatic security analysis tool around back then. From SATAN and it’s development came SARA, which is now in it’s 3rd generation.

Advanced Research’s philosophy relies heavily on software re-use. Rather than inventing a new module, SARA is adapted to interface to other community products. For instance, SARA interfaces with the popular Nmap package for superior “Operating System fingerprinting”. Also, SARA provides a transparent interface to SAMBA for SMB security analysis.

A recent addition to SARA is the ability to operate on a Windows 200* and Windows XP platforms. SARA relies on Cooperative Linux to provide the proper operating environment to operate as Windows process. This product is called coSARA.

The Security Auditor’s Research Assistant (SARA) is a third generation network security analysis tool that is:

  1. Operates under Unix, Linux, MAC OS/X or Windows (through coLinux) OS’.
  2. Integrates the National Vulnerability Database (NVD).
  3. Performs SQL injection tests.
  4. Performs exhaustive XSS tests
  5. Can adapt to many firewalled environments.
  6. Support remote self scan and API facilities.
  7. Used for CIS benchmark initiatives
  8. Plug-in facility for third party apps
  9. CVE standards support
  10. Enterprise search module
  11. Standalone or daemon mode
  12. Free-use open SATAN oriented license
  13. Updated twice a month (we try)
  14. User extension support
  15. Based on the SATAN model

The first generation assistant, the Security Administrator’s Tool for Analyzing Networks (SATAN) was developed in early 1995. It became the benchmark for network security analysis for several years. However, few updates were provided and the tool slowly became obsolete in the growing threat environment.

You can download SARA here:

sara-7.8.4.tgz (Linux)
cosara-7.4.1.exe (Windows)

Or read more here.

Posted in: Exploits/Vulnerabilities, Hacking Tools, Networking Hacking

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2 Responses to SARA – Security Auditor’s Research Assistant – Network Analysis Tool

  1. elpeor November 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    nice app!
    installed and tested in 5 minutes, it works really well.

  2. shadowdevelopment May 17, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    hello i have just doen a bit of reaserch on satan

    ftp site and blogs buy cert and i was wondering which i am downloading at the minute sara co foundation based program based on satan and i would like any opinion of sara and any views that people might have used during the program as they have used it and the detial of the data that i gives on due passive scanning and would it be any good as the satamn program from the reviews i have heard that the satan program formulary intruduced in 1990 was the worlds best at its time then saint came over it and i was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of advice on were to get the program for download i had it in a book once but the book was sold and now most of the download links to the program have been either shutdown on ftp realese and i think that the company has woiped out most of the servers that i came from but would be appreciated if anyone could give me the views opf the summury of satan program on todays networks and would it still be as good today as it was then !!!!!! shadowdevelopment………