Pentesting Linux (‘Hacking’) Distros The concise guide

Kali Linux

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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BackBox

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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DEFT

Forensics Linux Distribution

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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Fedora Security Spin

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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BlackArch

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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Pentoo

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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Cyborg Linux

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

Cyborg

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Weakerth4n

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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Samurai Web Testing Framework

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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CAINE

Forensics Linux Distribution

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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Bugtraq

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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KNOPPIX

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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Matriux

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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NodeZero

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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

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Parrot Security Linux

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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ArchAssault

Pentesting/ 'Hacking Linux Distribution'

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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