Henry Dalziel | Pentesting Distros | April 27, 2014
We blog a lot on Linux Pentesting (hacking) Distro’s and we were definitely missing this one: BlackArch Linux.
Here are some other posts that might also be of interest:
OK! So this post is all about BlackArch Linux!
BlackArch Linux is a lightweight expansion to Arch Linux for penetration testers and security researchers. As you would expect from all pentesting/ hacking distos, BlackArch has been designed to make our jobs all the much easier by centralizing all pentesting tools under one roof.
The toolset within BlackArch is distributed as an Arch Linux unofficial user repository so you can install BlackArch Linux on top of an existing Arch Linux installation if you so wish. Packages also have the benefit of being installed individually or by tool category.
The distro at the last count has over 700 tools in the tool set and the repository is, like any good Linux Distribution, constantly expanding. The team claim that all the tools are thoroughly tested before being added to the codebase to maintain the quality of the repository – which seems very likely considering the loyal support that this distro seems to be receiving.
Arch based distributions
There are a bunch of Arch based Linux distro’s in the wild. Here’s an awesome and comprehensive list of active Arch distro’s.
Arch Linux is a Linux based Operating System for i686, x86-64 and even ARM computers and processors. Arch is for the most part free and open source software, and supports community involvement. Whereas BlackArch is an Arch based derivative, Kali Linux is Debian and BackBox is Ubuntu based (BackTrack was also Ubuntu based).
A package manager written specifically for Arch Linux called pacman, is used to install, remove and update software packages and the repositories. Arch updates via ‘rolling release’.
It’s awesome to see yet another Linux Hacking Distro join our ranks here at Concise Courses. As ever, designing, implementing, updating and managing these systems are very time consuming so we would certainly urge that you donate to the team for their huge efforts. Here’s our full list of Linux Hacking Distro’s which also contains a couple of digital forensic releases.
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Let us know your thoughts to using BlackArch – why would you recommend it over say, Kali Linux or BackBox?