Henry Dalziel | Pentesting Distros | May 29, 2013
Our favorite Linux Pentesting Distro is BackBox and we have been singing its’ praises for a while now. Here’s an update:
Using the Linux Kernel 3.2 the creators of BackBox announced version 3.05. BackBox and Kali Linux. In our opinion BackBox is better then Kali – primarily because of the insistence to run the distro and associated penetration testing (hacking) tools on an XFCE 4.8 platform which basically means it is very fast. XFCE is super lightweight on resources. Also, another reason we prefer BackBox is because BackTrack, notably version 5 upwards, was riddled with issues.
BackBox, like Kali, is also based on Ubuntu which in itself is an extension of Debian, so you can be (guaranteed) well-written updates.
So what’s new in BackBox version 3.05?
Many things according to the creator and the developers. In summary they have addressed several security vulnerabilities, improved productivity, the start menu, compatible drivers (especially for Wi-Fi) and many new tools have been added and/ or updated including:
New or updated penetration and hacking tools bundled with BackBox 3.05
» SE Toolkit
» Recon -ng
Many Linux distros have a specialization whilst others are more general. BackBox, Kali Linux and KNOPPIX would be considered as being more general whilst distros like CAINE, or Samurai WTF are more niche – focusing for example within a digital forensics or other similar security space. In any event, there is no better way to learn how to use security penetration testing tools than within a Linux box, not least one which updates the programs and kernel in an efficient way: like BackBox does. The old BackTrack (pre-Kali) version 5 and 5r3 was riddled with issues hence why the folks at Offensive Security decided to revamp and relaunch BackTrack. The changes were so significant that they decided to re-brand the distribution and call it Kali Linux.
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