Top Ten Penetration Testing Linux Distributions

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This is a live Linux distro that has been pre-configured with some of the best of open source and free tools that focus on testing and attacking websites. Basically, Qubes aims to fix the shortcoming of the aforementioned distros — which mainly has to do with the poor or lacking user experience for day to day use while still combining the power of Whonix and Tor in one system. More information can be found here. Addons include Samba, NFS, mail services, anti-virus, multimedia applications, VoIP applications, intrusion detection, network tools, security tools, backup tools and dozens of other applications. Ken Hess is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of open source topics including Linux, databases, and virtualization. Bugtraq Bugtraq is another reader submitted pentesting distro.

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Submit it here to become an TecMint author. BlackArch is by far the best. The first one I ever used was Weakerthan 3. I think weaknetlabs now has it up to version 7. It has a small community with great people and its not really known of, which is why I still use it from time to time. Right now, I have Back Box installed. I have Tails 2. Your email address will not be published.

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It offers many features, broken down in 15 different categories, and come together with a search engine to make things faster. More information can be found here. Security Onion is designed to detect intrusions and monitor network security.

It is based on Xubuntu LTS. It comes together with tools such as Wireshark packet sniffer and Suricata intrusion detection software. For the desktop, it uses XFCE, but its key apps are also available on regular desktop, as well. Security Onion is fairly advanced and should sit well with advanced users. It is available as a Live disk, and uses SystemBack as its installer.

One of the key tools includes rbfstab, which can mount plugged devices as a read-only, ideal for forensic examination. BlackArch can either be installed as a Live image or on top of an existing installation of Arch. It is recommended to use the dd command and create a Live USB, though. This distro is fairly big 4GB , and offers multiple window managers, including Awesome, Openbox and Fluxbox. BlackArch offers not only forensic tools, but anti-forensic tools, as well, including sswap and ropeadope.

It is based on debian, and comes with the default login for the live session at root: More details can be found here.

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