Penetration Testing Linux Distrobutions

These are the ‘only’ Linux Hacking Operating Systems that we can find. If you can think of any others please give us a shout and we will gladly add it to this page.

Linux Hacking With Kali Linux
Linux Hacking With Kali Linux

Kali Linux

Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a very popular Debian-derived Linux distribution which is created by Offensive Security. ‘Kali’, as it is often abbreviated to, is designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. This hacking distribution was the continuation in a long line of pentesting distros – being created after the infamous ‘BackTrack’ Linux Distro series.

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Linux Hacking With BackBox
Linux Hacking With BackBox

BackBox

BackBox

BackBox is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. After Kali Linux this is the next most popular ‘hacking distro’ that we know of.

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Linux Hacking With DEFT
Linux Hacking With DEFT

DEFT

DEFT

DEFT 7 is based on the new Kernel 3 (Linux side) and the DART (Digital Advanced Response Toolkit) with the best freeware Windows Computer Forensic tools.

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Linux Hacking With Fedora Security Spin
Linux Hacking With Fedora Security Spin

Fedora Security Spin

Fedora Security Spin

The Fedora Security Lab Test (Fedora Security Spin) is a distro designed for security auditing and testing and which can also be used for teaching security methodologies.

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Linux Hacking With BlackArch
Linux Hacking With BlackArch

BlackArch

BlackArch

BlackArch Linux is an Arch-based GNU/ Linux distribution for pentesters and security researchers. The BlackArch package repository is compatible with existing Arch installs, something which Kali Linux also excels at.

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Linux Hacking With Pentoo
Linux Hacking With Pentoo

Pentoo

Pentoo

Pentoo is a security-focused livecd based on Gentoo It’s basically a gentoo install with lots of customized tools, customized kernel, and much more.

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Linux Hacking With Cyborg Linux
Linux Hacking With Cyborg Linux

Cyborg Linux

Cyborg Linux

Cyborg

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Linux Hacking With Weakerth4n
Linux Hacking With Weakerth4n

Weakerth4n

Weakerth4n

Weakerth4n has a very well maintained website and a devoted community. Built from Debian Squeeze (Fluxbox within a desktop environment) this operating system is particularly suited for WiFi hacking as it contains plenty of Wireless cracking and hacking tools.

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Linux Hacking With Samurai Web Testing Framework
Linux Hacking With Samurai Web Testing Framework

Samurai Web Testing Framework

Samurai Web Testing Framework

The Samurai Web Testing Framework is a live linux environment that has been pre-configured to function as a web pen-testing environment.

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Linux Hacking With CAINE
Linux Hacking With CAINE

CAINE

CAINE

CAINE stands for (Computer Aided INvestigative Environment) is an Italian GNU/Linux live distribution created as a project of Digital Forensics.

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Linux Hacking With Bugtraq
Linux Hacking With Bugtraq

Bugtraq

Bugtraq

The distro has a wide range of penetration, forensic and laboratory tools. Bugtraq is available in several flavors: XFCE, Gnome and KDE based on Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuse.

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Linux Hacking With KNOPPIX
Linux Hacking With KNOPPIX

KNOPPIX

KNOPPIX

KNOPPIX has been around the block. Yes sir, KNOPPIX is the old master of pentesting distributions so lets show some respect.

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Linux Hacking With Matriux
Linux Hacking With Matriux

Matriux

Matriux

Matriux is a fully featured security distribution, based on Ubuntu. It consists of powerful, free and open source computer forensics and data recovery tools which can be used for forensics analysis and investigation purposes.

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Linux Hacking With NodeZero
Linux Hacking With NodeZero

NodeZero

NodeZero

NodeZero is Ubuntu based linux designed as a complete system which can also be used for penetration testing.

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Linux Hacking With Parrot Security Linux
Linux Hacking With Parrot Security Linux

Parrot Security Linux

Parrot Security Linux

Parrot Security Linux Pentesting OS is a relatively new player on the Linux Hacking Distro scene but has a devoted and committed development team (known as the Frozenbox Network.

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Linux Hacking With ArchAssault
Linux Hacking With ArchAssault

ArchAssault

ArchAssault

The ArchAssault Project is an Arch Linux spinoff that is aimed, like all other distros on our Concise Courses Linux Hacking Distro section, aimed at penetration testers (ethical hackers) and security professionals.

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