Henry Dalziel | Pentesting Distros | February 18, 2013
As ever – we love to report on Linux pentesting distributions because they are just so damn cool.
One that caught our eagle eye this week – which has actually been around for a while, but we thought to show it some love is THS OS.
THS OS: “Top Hat Sec Operating System” – is currently in
Version 2 Version 3 and is particularly awesome because it has been built by a friendly group of security professionals and hobbyists over at Top Hat Sec.
Update! The fine folks at THS have updated their excellent Linux Distro to Version 3 (as of end of July 2013)
These guys absolutely know what they are talking about and although we haven’t had a chance to play with the distro, we just thought to get the word out there.
Here are some facts about this particular Linux penetration distro:
The THS OS Version 2 is named Apollo in honor of the late Neil Armstrong and the Moon Landings of 21st July 1969. As far we we are aware this is the only distro that is named after an individual (or an event).
BackTrack can be a headache to configure but THS OS claims to be more compatible judging by the comments in their forum. Also, unlike BackTrack, THS OS does not run off a custom Linux kernel, rather it uses Ubuntu 11 and we think it comes pre-configured with Gnome (but we are not 100% sure about this).
The look and feel of the OS is sort of like a mac and the menu is taken (we think) from BackBox – or rather the style of menu is taken from the BackBox distro. Our understanding is that this penetration testing OS comes packed with all the necessary tools without overdoing it, like some might say BackTrack have done over the years. The distro ships with the Ubuntu software center, VLC, Skype etc and the OS runs from root – like BackTrack, but unlike BackBox. On the subject of installed programs – it is interesting to note that these folks over at THS have included the latest version of Ettercap – which hadn’t been updated for a long time.
There is a “Top Hat Folder” which we think must act as the same way as the /pentest/ folder in BackTrack or the /opt/backbox in BackBox.
THS OS seems like a cool distro and we will definitely keep an eye out for it – and wish it and the team behind it all the best! Let us know if you have ever used this distro in the comments below. Lastly, in terms of design and branding – need we say more!? It looks great – especially their logo.